With spines made from chocolate bars, dried apricots for feet and a jellybean nose, this hedgehog is cuter than any cake!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 16 servings
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1-1/2 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (6 oz.), broken into pieces, melted
2 Tbsp. sugar
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping
18 chocolate chip cookies (2 inch), divided
2 bars (3.52 oz. each) Swiss milk chocolate nougat bar, broken into triangles
4 dried apricots
2 white and chocolate chunk cookie (2-inch)
2 pieces shoestring licorice (2-1/2 inches each)
1 jelly bean
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Let's Make It
Beat Neufchatel cheese in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add melted chocolate and sugar; mix well. Gently stir in whipped topping. Remove 1 Tbsp. of the Neufchatel cheese mixture for later use; spread small amount of the remaining cream cheese mixture between each of 16 of the cookies to form two logs of 8 cookies each.
Place logs, side-by-side, on serving platter for the "hedgehog's body." Add remaining 2 cookies to one end for the "face" as shown in photo. Spread face and body with remaining Neufchatel ixture until completely covered.
Cut each apricot to resemble a foot with claws; attach to the body with the reserved Neufchatel cheese mixture. Press chocolate triangles into the "body" to resemble quills. Decorate with white chocolate chips for the "eyes," jelly bean for the "nose" and licorice for the "whiskers." Store in refrigerator.
Have fun with your kids making this whimsical dessert. Then, use it to help teach them about portion control.
Prepare cookie logs and spread with the Neufchatel mixture as directed. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator about 20 min. before serving, then decorate as directed.
How to Serve
Remove chocolate triangles, then cut dessert vertically in half. Cut each half into eight pieces. Top each piece with 2 chocolate triangles.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 28g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.