Cute Halloween Critters–Hedgehogs

I signed up to make cookies for my son’s 5th grade Halloween party, and envisioned cookies with cute little woodland animals trick-or-treating. I thought of lots of different animals, but in the end, I went with a hedgehog, a fox, and a bunny.

I knew I wanted to do a hedgehog, they’re so dang cute! But I was having trouble figuring out what costume to put my little hedgehog in. I drew a sketch of a ghost hedgehog. My vision of it was so cute! The drawing looked more like a Star Wars mouse droid with eyes. Scratch that idea. So, I headed to an idea bank–my 12-year-old daughter. I asked her how the hedgehog should dress for Halloween. “A witch, mom! Flying in front of the moon!” Poof, problem solved! 🙂


To make this little guy, I first airbrushed the background. Using blank plastic sheets that I purchased online, I traced a circle cookie cutter, then cut out the circle shape. I sprayed the whole cookie yellow, and then–once the yellow had dried a little–I held my plastic circle in the middle, and airbrushed around with–purple. Yep, purple! It makes a fantastic soft black on top of the yellow, and then people eating the cookies don’t get black tongues. (Or, at least they are less black. 🙂 )

Since I wanted the buckle on the hat to have some edible glitter, I made some royal icing transfers next. hedgehog_ritransfers

I put my hedgehog drawing under some wax paper, then– using the buckle in my drawing as a guide–piped the little rectangle. Then I slid my wax paper over, and piped another. I kept going until I had about 5 or 6, at which point I sprinkled some edible glitter on. Then I moved my wax paper to where there wasn’t a pile of glitter, and piped another row. I made a lot more than I needed in case of breakage/goofy-shaped buckles (which I have a few of in this row). Then I set my buckles aside to dry while I went on to my hedgehog.

First I piped the light brown of his face/body, only filling in his foreground feet (I also piped his little nose at this point). I did about a dozen cookies, giving time for the first ones to dry when I came back to them to fill in his prickles. The dark brown was a slightly thicker icing so that I could use my boo-boo stick to pull little “pokes” upward.

Next, since the body had had time to dry slightly, I went back and filled in his background feet. The body being dried a little allowed the background feet to be separate, giving him dimension.

The black of the hat came next. After I had piped that, I did the broom handle. Then, I jumped back up to do the ribbon on the hat. While it was still wet, I used some cookie-only tweezers to carefully pick up the royal icing transfer, and place it on to the hat.

Close to finished! The broom straw came next. I used thick yellow royal icing, so the lines did not run in to each other, but looked like separate pieces of straw. Then I piped the brown across for the lash holding the straw together.

The finishing touches were his little eyes and mouth. I gave the eyes a tiny dot of white after the black had dried a little. I let the cookie dry completely overnight, then, using a black food coloring pen, drew on his mouth.

The hedgehogs were finished! On to the next trick-or-treater!

Happy 4th of July!


Somehow, 4th of July cookies just didn’t happen this year, so I am posting some patriotic butterflies I made a couple years ago. The stars are from a jar of red, white, and blue sprinkle stars (those poor red and blue ones, I’ll have to find some way to use them). I used my cookie tweezers (regular tweezers, but dedicated to only-cookie use) to place the stars when the blue was still wet.

The gold butterfly bodies are painted on (again, dedicated paint brushes). I mixed gold luster dust with lemon extract and then painted away! As the lemon extract evaporates, you have to pour tiny amounts back in to your mixture, or your gold gets all gloppy. Also, the icing for the bodies is a yellow color–I’ve found that I get a better gold if I start with something close rather than plain white (which makes for a very pale gold when painted).

Alternatively, you could pipe the bodies first, let them dry, and spray with gold food color spray (such as Wilton gold), then pipe the wings afterward.

Happy 4th of July! 🙂