Pilgrim Hats

These funny and cute little candy hats come together with speed and ease, and they’re charming as a bit of whimsy on a Thanksgiving dessert table. And if you see little hands reaching for them before dinnertime, you can do your best John Wayne impression and say, “Take it easy there, pilgrim.” This is another project that’s ideal to keep kids busy while the adults finish making dinner.

Recipe from "Candy Construction" by Sharon Bowers. Copyright 2010, Storey Publishing.

Pilgrim Hats

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    12 fudge-striped shortbread cookies Strawberry fruit leather
    12 mini peanut-butter or caramel cups Tube of red decorating gel
    Chocolate icing


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    • 1

      Turn the cookies over so the solid chocolate side is on top. Unwrap the miniature cups and use a dab of icing to glue them, top side down, to the center of the cookie.

    • 2

      Use scissors to cut a narrow strip of red fruit leather (about 1/8 inch wide). Wrap it snugly around the fluted base of the cup, pressing it right up against the cookie. Press the ends together and trim off the excess. (The fruit leather is sticky enough that you probably won’t need icing to hold the ends together.)

    • 3

      Use red decorating gel to pipe a square buckle across the front of the hat, being sure to leave a bit of space on either side of make the buckle wider than the hatband for best effect,  so you can see the buckle’s outline clearly.

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