Hedgehog Biscuits

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by bluemoon downunder

Hedgehogs are simple, unbaked biscuits that have been around for generations: an Australian classic! And a great lunchbox, snack and afternoon tea favourite! Hedgehogs can be made with or without nuts. If omitting the nuts, use 1/2 cup extra of the biscuits. As an alternative, you can use almonds or walnuts. Adapted from a recipe from the Simply Great Meals Club website. 125 gms = 4 oz.

Top Review by justcallmetoni

My oven has been unreliable so when called on to prepare a dessert this no bake option greatly appealed to me. Very easy to prepare, this yield a rich ending. I found coconut tea biscuits and used those for my base layer and replaced the hazelnuts with cashews on deference to the preferences to the intended recipient. I found the cookie layer a bit too sweet and remained a little sticky even after chilling for 14 hours. I might and suggest using salted butter to tame that just a touch. The added coconut and nuts were delicious and next time I would include other dried fruits including raisins or currants.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the sifted icing sugar and cocoa, and mix well.
  3. Stir in the beaten egg, and return the pan to the heat and stir until the mixture boils.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the coconut, biscuit pieces and nuts. The biscuits are generally broken into pieces about the size of a hazelnut, but some larger pieces is fine, and the pieces certainly don't have to all be the same size!
  5. Spoon the mixture into a baking paper lined 18cm x 28cm (approximately 7" x 11") slice pan and press down firmly.
  6. Icing the Hedgehogs: Melt the dark chocolate, milk chocolate and copha together in a microwave-safe bowl or jug in a microwave oven on a Medium setting for approximately 2 minutes; stir well, pour - and spread evenly - over the hedgehog base.
  7. Chill to set.
  8. Once chilled, cut into 24 slices. Or larger or smaller slices if you wish!
  9. Notes: For extra flavour, add 1/4 cup of sultanas.

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