by Emma Louise Oldham April 06, 2018

This simple recipe is not only delicious and fun to make, but if using dairy-free margarine and chocolate, also completely vegan!

Step 1:Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan) or Gas Mark 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Step 2:Cream together the margarine and sugar. Sift in the flour.

Step 3:Chop up the banana and it add to the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and baking powder. Give it all a good mix until your dough is thick and sturdy (you need to be able to roll it into a ball). At this stage, you may need to add a little more flour if the dough is still too sticky. 

Step 4: Remove a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the front of the dough together to make the hedgehog’s nose. Repeat this with the rest of the dough, then place the hedgehogs on the baking trays. Put them to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Step 5:Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to stand for five minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely. (Ask an adult to help you do this.)

Step 6:With help from an adult, use a microwave to melt the chocolate, and stir until smooth. Holding a hedgehog cookie by the nose, spoon chocolate over its back (leave the face uncovered). Allow any excess to drip off. Place on greaseproof paper, and immediately coat the wet chocolate with sprinkles.

Step 7:Now it’s time to give your hedgehog some eyes! Dunk the end of a cocktail stick or chopstick into the melted chocolate and draw two dots for the eyes and another for the nose!

Well done! Your hedgehogs look fantastic! Why not decorate them with different coloured sprinkles or add chopped nuts? We’d love to see your finished creations, so don’t forget to send us a photo!

Well done to Manuel and Aaron who've sent us a picture of their prickly cookies. They look fantastic. Some impressive chocolate moustaches too!

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