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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pilgrim Hat Cookies for Kids by Kids





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...
With Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to give these "cookies" a test run for the holidays. They were created by two very young chefs, Megan and Mitchell Vogel, from Jefferson, Wisconsin. The not so young editors and chefs at Taste of Home magazine also deserve a round of applause for bringing them to our attention. I clipped this recipe from their Kids in the Kitchen feature last year. I had a young assistant today and thought this would be a great way to spend part of the day. The cookies are really easy to do and with a little planning kids over eight can make these by themselves. Younger children will need some help. If you have perfectionist tendencies you can't hold in check, have someone else supervise. These are messy to assemble and when they're done by kids chances are there going to look like it. This is supposed to be fun, not an audition for the Martha Stewart show. Make sure you have an extra bag of candy on hand. It mysteriously seems to disappear when the cookies are being assembled. My four year old assistant was responsible for turning the cookies upside down, removing wrappers from the peanut butter cups and centering them once the icing was in place. I had to make one ingredient substitution. I was unable to find mini Chicklets, so I used orange breath mints instead. We were a quite a team and I think we did ourselves proud. Here's how we did it.

Pilgrim Hat Cookies
...from Megan and Mitchell Vogel and Taste of Home Magazine

Ingredients:
1 cup vanilla frosting
7 drops yellow food coloring
32 miniature peanut butter cups
1 package (11-1/2-oz.) fudge-striped cookies
32 pieces orange mini Chicklets gum

Directions:
1) Combine frosting and food coloring in a small shallow bowl. Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups.
2) for each cookie, dip the wide part of the peanut butter cup in frosting. Position over center hole of cookie to form a hatband and crown. Add a buckle of Chicklets gum. Yield: 32 cookies.

Cook's Note: Rather than dip the peanut butter cups in frosting, I created a circle of frosting in the center of the cookies. My young assistant then pressed the peanut butter cups in place.

36 comments :

Bama Belle said...

these are fantastic I will be making some!

Kim said...

How cute! My niece and I will definitely have to make these some weekend between now and Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing!

Selba said...

Wow! What a creative idea to make those cookies! I like the idea of using peanut butter cups.

Mary said...

How cute and what fun!! And yummy too I'll bet.

KathyB. said...

I have a date with a granddaughter and I think she would love to make these...and sample the frosting and candies , just to make sure they are appropriate you know! Wouldn't these make nice place card holders or markers for the Thanksgiving table? Our family always had the children making the place markers..

Debinhawaii said...

What a cute and fun little treat to make. I would have to buy an extra-extra bag of the candy just for me! ;-)

hip chick said...

Those are so cute. I don't even have little kids anymore but I think they would be fun to make around Thanksgiving.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

So cute! I was one of those moms who had trouble just letting go in the kitchen. I hope I am more patient as a grandmother!

Martha said...

How cute! Something that kids would love as well as adults -- thanks for sharing!

Hootin' Anni said...

I'll be darned....if this isn't the cutest idea ever!!!

A Year on the Grill said...

Excellent, and we have nieces visiting for Thanksgiving... This is in my save file, thanks

oneordinaryday said...

Super cute idea!

Terry said...

How clever you are, I absolutely love this idea. Thank you so much. You should check out my penguins that I did last christmas. I will probably repost them again at some point but here is the site if you are interested.

http://athomewithterryanddennis.blogspot.com/2008/12/how-to-make-cream-cheese-filled.html

Katherine Aucoin said...

What a cool idea. We are definitely going tomake these for Thanksgicving!

Kitty Valerie said...

That is a georgeous idea! Kids love to cook sweet thinks and those are easy and fun.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind comment.

Have a great day,
Val

Heidi said...

These are darling, I will have to try these.

I hope mine don't turn out lop sided :0)

Blessings,
Heidi

Chef Fresco said...

Aww these are adorable! What a fun project!

Allie said...

Super cute idea for the holiday!

My Little Space said...

Ooo...sounds like fun! Thanksgiving & Halloween at the same time...I guess Halloween means sweets time!

Debbie said...

Oh are they cute!

Elizabeth said...

I make these with my niece every year, but they don't look as perfect as yours! Thanks for your visit yesterday.

ivoryspring said...

Mary,

This is so much fun!!!! Thank you for sharing.

Helene said...

So cute!

L'Chicken said...

Okay-- these are awesome. Every single classroom in the country should get a press release about them. Speaking in terms of strictly fashion, I've always liked the square brim look-- they'd work great with graham crackers too, no?

Mary said...

L'Chicken---in theory graham crackers should work if they can be found in a size that doesn't overwhelm the peanut butter cups.

Katy ~ said...

Absolutely, positively adorable!! Oh my gosh I cannot stop smiling at the mere thought of these!!

CailinMarie said...

oh what fun!!! thank you!

lk - healthy delicious said...

adorable! they look tasty in that oh-so-fabulous-sugar-high way too

Foley said...

These are so cute - perfect for the kids at Thanksgiving! Can also think of some "kids" over 50 that would love them too!

Ms.Daisy said...

Mary,
I just think these Pilgrim cookies are just too adorable! They look good and look very easy to make - Thank you so much for this recipe and for stopping by my Outdoor Wednesday blog post today!

Jean
P.S. I like your Outdoor Wednesday post too. :)

Lori said...

This is such a great idea. I am quite sure mykids will love them!

food with style said...

i am so drawn to edible art~ and yes, i have the tastebuds of a 5 year old!

puna said...

I love this! And I'm going to try this for Thanksgiving.

Karen said...

So cute! What a fun thing for kids to make.

Jessica said...

Oh wow~ fabulous idea. Thank you for visiting my tablescape....now I'm starving {winks}. Your blog is wonderful!

retete- ina said...

very nice,adorable,have nice day

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