Delicious & Adorable Pilgrim Hat Cookies for Thanksgiving Fun

Thanksgiving sweets are delicious and all ... pie! pumpkin cake rolls! ... but for those of us not even bothering to have dessert unless it's chocolate, it's a little thin on our favorite temptation.

Enter these yummy, incredibly easy Pilgrim hat cookies from Taste of Home. They're so easy you could make them with your kids while the turkey cooks.

You'll need:

  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 7 drops yellow food coloring
  • 32 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 1 package (11-1/2-ounce) fudge-striped cookies
  • 32 pieces orange mini Chiclets gum

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Make it:

  • In a small shallow bowl, combine frosting and food coloring.
  • Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups.
  • Holding the bottom of a peanut butter cup, dip top of cup in yellow frosting.
  • Position over center hole on the bottom of cookie, forming the hatband and crown.
  • Add a "buckle" of Chiclets gum.
  • Repeat with remaining cups and cookies. Makes 32 cookies.

Nut-free? Try these, with marshmallows (recipe via Dollhouse Bakery):

You'll need:

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Lollipop sticks 
  • Marshmallows
  • Round cookies
  • Black licorice rope
  • Mini yellow M&M's

Make it:

  • Melt chocolate chips according to package.
  • Dip the tip of the lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and push it through the center of the cookie (microwave harder cookies for a few seconds to soften temporarily).
  • Dip the bottom of the marshmallow into the chocolate and gently push it on to the stick so it is pressed against the cookie (make sure not to poke it all the way through).
  • Measure pieces of black licorice rope to fit around the base of the marshmallow; set aside. (If you don't care for the taste of licorice, you can take a tootsie roll and microwave it for a few seconds until pliable. Roll it into a rope and attach it in place of the licorice.)
  • Dip entire hat into bowl of melted chocolate, covering it completely. Gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl to let any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl.
  • Stick your pops in a Styrofoam block to dry, or you can also just lay them on wax paper if you don't mind the back side getting flattened. Place them in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes until set and chocolate has dried.
  • Once the chocolate has dried, attach a piece of black licorice rope around the base of the marshmallow (where it meets the cookie), and attach a mini yellow M&M for the buckle.

What's your favorite Thanksgiving-themed treat?

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