Cooking with Chocolate! May 18

This afternoon we baked Echidna Cookies – cookies that look like echidnas! If you are unsure what an echidna is, it is an egg-laying mammal that is native to Australia and is somewhat similar in looks to a hedgehog. To find out more about echidnas, check out

Seven students joined me to create these delicious treats that (sort of) resemble the echidna!

Everyone agreed that the cookies looked adorable and were very tasty too  – they were all eaten very quickly!

If you want to try making these at home, here is the recipe:



1/3 cup margarine

¼ cup sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup ground almonds

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup cooking chocolate

1 Tbsp coconut oil

½ cup chocolate sprinkles or flake

½ cup slivered almonds

Optional decorating ingredients: desiccated coconut, 100’s & 1000’s, writing icing, edible silver balls, etc…


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, ground almonds and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  4. Shape 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball; pinch the dough to form a nose and feet. Repeat until all the dough is used up and place each cookie 2 inches apart on the prepared tray.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely.
  6. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and coconut oil over very low heat, constantly stirring until smooth.
  7. Holding a cookie by the head, spoon chocolate over the back leaving the face uncovered. Allow any excess to drip off. Place on the baking paper and immediately add sprinkles/flake or slivered almonds for the spikes, and add any other decorations for the eyes, tongue and feet.
  8. Place in the fridge to set, then eat them all! 🙂



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