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.
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!