These delicious pilgrim hat cookies will look so festive on your holiday dessert table! They remind us of the history of Thanksgiving while giving us a tasty treat to enjoy.
Quick and easy Thanksgiving dessert ideas are what I am all about this time of the year. These adorable no-bake cookie treats are a great way to keep your kids involved while you are busy getting Thanksgiving dinner ready.
This dessert is great because it’s no bake, which frees up the oven space for other things like a Thanksgiving turkey, and side dishes!
The Thanksgiving treats for kids are super easy to put together, fun to display on a dessert table and, best of all, really tasty!
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How to make the pilgrim hat cookies
The edible pilgrim hats are an adaptation of a similar recipe that I found a few years ago on Taste of Home. I have changed the ingredients a bit to make the treats more peanut-buttery since I am a huge peanut butter fan!
To make the pilgrim hat treats, you will need the following ingredients:
- Chocolate covered peanut butter filled cookies (I used Benton’s brand from Aldi, but tagalong Girl Scout cookies are another brand that comes to mind. They are many of them out there.
- Miniature peanut butter cups
- Swedish fish (orange fish)
- Orange frosting
- Chocolate frosting
Like most of my fun with food recipes, I like to reuse items that I have on hand for the bits and pieces. I wanted a gummy flavor for the buckle and Swedish fish worked just fine.
With a sharp knife, cut the Swedish fish into small squares. They will end up being the hat buckle. Any type of gummy that can be cut into a square will also do.
Turn the peanut butter filled cookie over so that the flat part is on top. Add a dollop of frosting under a peanut butter cup and attach it to the cookie.
Be sure the widest part of the peanut butter cookie facing the chocolate cookie.
See how easy this recipe is? The kids can basically do it unsupervised to this point! They are already looking like hats.
Making the pilgrim hat cookie rim and buckle
Depending on the age of your kiddos, some supervision might be needed here. The hat brim is made from orange frosting.
You can use an orange frosting tube with a piping tip attached or make some vanilla frosting and color it with orange gel food coloring.
Pipe around the edge of the peanut butter cup to form a hat brim.
While the frosting is still soft, attach a cube of the orange Swedish fish to each pilgrim hat cookie.
Tada! That is all there is to these easy Thanksgiving pilgrim hat cookies.
These adorable little Thanksgiving desserts are finished in just minutes and will satisfy anyone’s hankering for peanut butter.
It’s easy to make this Pilgrim hat cookies recipe the focus of your Thanksgiving dessert table.
I used some old reclaimed wood (from an old mailbox post) that I originally painted orange.
Some velvet pumpkins, silk leaves, a wooden cheese board and burlap ribbon completed the scene. It took me all of 5 minutes to put together!
An easy dessert and an easy tablescape in about a half hour. Win-win in my book!
Pin these cookie pilgrim hats for later
Would you like a reminder of these easy no bake Thanksgiving treats for kids? Just pin this image to one of your Thanksgiving boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later when it’s time to make the treat.
Also be sure to watch our video for making these pilgrim cookies on YouTube.
If baked cookies are more your thing, be sure to check out Baked Cookies Day. It’s right around the corner!
- 24 chocolate covered peanut butter cookies
- 24 miniature peanut butter cups
- 1 teaspoon orange frosting in a tube
- 1 teaspoon of chocolate frosting in a tube
- 6 Swedish fish
- Cut the Swedish fish into 24 small cubes with a sharp knife.
- Use a dot of chocolate frosting to attach the upside down peanut butter cup to the upside down cookie.
- Attach a piping tip to the tube of orange frosting and pipe around the edge of the peanut butter cup to make a hat brim.
- While the frosting is still soft, press on the Swedish fish for a buckle.
Vanilla frosting can also be tinted orange with gel food coloring and placed in a zip lock bag with the end snipped off if you don't have the tube frosting.
Any frosting will work under the peanut butter cup, since it will not show.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103.6Total Fat: 4.7gSaturated Fat: 1.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3.1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22.7mgCarbohydrates: 14.5gFiber: 1.8gSugar: 7.8gProtein: 1.2g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.