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Pilgrim Hat Cookies Recipe

Pilgrim Hat Cookies Recipe

We dreamed up this combination for a yummy treat to take into school before our Thanksgiving break. Everyone loved them! —Megan and Mitchell Vogel, Jefferson, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour YIELD:32 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 1. In a small shallow bowl, combine frosting and food coloring. Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 32 cookies.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 130 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .

Reviews for Pilgrim Hat Cookies

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wintermom9597@yahoo.com 238440
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Super easy and very cute. Had 2 dozen of them done in about 15 minutes. Could not find Chiclets anywhere, but was able to find Tic Tacs in a color that worked perfectly."

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cynandtom 238014
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"I made these with my kindergarten class. Easy enough for them to follow instructions. They came out adorable, I used icing as well for the buckles. Kids gave recipe 5 stars, they devoured them and said "These are delicious!""

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hchambers 237037
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"Adorable! My kids had a blast making these and everyone enjoyed eating them."

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Kathy_Chips 164437
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"I made these this past Thanksgiving for my daughters, my niece, and my nephews. They were a big hit. I saved a step and bought a tube of decorator's yellow icing, and I used sprinkles instead of chiclets for the buckles. They were so easy to make, and yummy too!"

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MrsProper 95887
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"Very simple the 6 year old did these and had a lot of fun."

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resalee 177635
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"Fun to make Thanksgiving morning with my 13 year old daughter while we watched the parade. Used plain white icing without the food coloring and looked just as good. Couldn't find Chiclets so cut slices of a Lifesaver Gummy and it worked great. Everyone loved them! They are our new Thanksgiving tradition!"

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KristinLeeGreenwald 175935
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"I used mini m&m's and just picked out yellow and orange ones"

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xlsalbums 159320
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"Really easy to make. Couldn't find the chiclets gum so I used tic tacs instead. Took this to my daughter's classroom for her Thanksgiving feast and didn't get any back!!"

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No.1FamilyBaker 159319
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"These cookies are so easy to make and always a hit! They're now a part of our annual Thanksgiving dessert menu."

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Angel182009 92787
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"These were so quick and easy to make! For the buckles I piped then on using tip #4. So delicious you can't just have one!"

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lorettasylvia 210256
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"GREAT and FUN idea! Thanks for sharing."

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Momo2times 176038
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"Very cute , can't wait to make some ."

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jillsadie 107298
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"very easy and adorable but used orange frosting, couldnt find chiclet gum"

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qbeedl 164436
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"Thanks so much for this idea.I made it day before Thanksgiving,divided it three times & gave to three families.They all loved them & remarked how cute.I was a star.They tasted delightful too."

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mkonk 108663
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"I made these for church and they were a huge hit. Very easy to assemble."

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edl2745 180730
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"supervised a 2 1/2 year-old as she made these, and she did great with a minimum of help (though she was a fan of adding 2 buckles!). We used orange tic tacs since I couldn't find Chiclets anywhere. Really cute cookies and so easy."

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jboehm06 159318
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"super easy love them"

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teapotsue 103270
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I made these and took to a family dinner. They were a huge hit!"

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leslie1966 142543
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"I made this with my students at school. It was so easy and cute and everyone loved it."

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zappos 175932
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"These were very cute and easy to make.I did just as the receipe says. Does not tak long either. would recommend."

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jkjkjksend 175986
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"These went really fast. I had to go buy more cookies and peanutbutter cups to make more. Great to have kids do because it's easy. We used mini marshmallows and butter mints instead of Chiclets."

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abetz 164433
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"We could not find the gum either, so instead, we took candy corn and cut off the orange and cut little squares. It worked out great. Everyone really liked it."

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Azantei 107076
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"VERY fast. I could throw a lot together in a short amount of time. I decided to make the ring around the hat yellow and instead of the gum pieces, just piped black squares to look like buckles. Came out fantastic. They also went faster because hardly anybody can fit more than this cookie in their belly after dinner. : )"

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Trevib 108662
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"Thanks for the heads up on Mini Chiclets at CVS..."

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Trevib 175983
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"I made them for my granddaughters and the other children in the family this morning. They haven't seen them yet, but I know they are going to be a big hit! Hint: If you cannot find mini Chiclets gum, cut the regular size ones in half!! Very easy to make :D"

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lesbren1120 175930
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"this is an amazing desert that is so good! It is a good little treat to make with my kids!"

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weluvckg 210255
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"We made these last Thanksgiving and they were a hit! We are making them again this year."

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katie_atwood 108661
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"This was so much fun to make and super easy. My son and I will definitely make again for our upcoming family events. We used yellow cake mate writers icing from the bakery isle instead of the chiclets gum it was easy to work with and for moms who don't allow their children to have gum this is a great alternative."

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kathyb59@cox.net 116829
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"These were easy to make. Had fun doing it and I found the mini chiclets at CVS. They carry the mini ones all year around. Came in a variety pack, but has yellow, green, red, orange and a few other colors in the package. Have fun....."

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mfroning 177634
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"My 6 year old grandson and I made these last year and we had the best time. It was easy enough for him to be able to help and the kids in his class loved them. We had trouble finding the gum but used part of a candy corn for the buckle. Worked great and looked just as cute! Planning to make them again this year."

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mbassett 107070
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"It was very easy to put together & took no time at all. The kids in my granddaughters 1st grade went crazy over this."

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Lizabelli 175981
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"Kids have been making these every year since recipe came out and they already asked this year! They are able to do them themselves while I'm in the kitchen - its wonderful. Tic tacs are what we've always used too."

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oliveoiltan 180723
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"The kids especially loved these. I reserved a couple tablespoons of the white frosting and colored it orange. piped dots instead of the chiclets."

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jpra 174859
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"This is a great recipe, athough it is not diabectic friendly."

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sdeb 116828
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Very cute cookies! HOWEVER... they claim to be Diabetic friendly! WHAT? It's cookies, frosting & candy! Tell me now...does that sound Diabetic friendly to you?"

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flojim 159316
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I made these last Thanksgiving and put them at everyone's place setting. It truly was easy because not every recipe is as easy as it claims to be but these are. I will make them again this year."

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titab 162149
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"These are so cute and easy to make. Couldn't find orange chiclets so I used orange tic tacs. Looked great."

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14handsondeck 142542
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I made these for my kids classes at school. With the peanut allergies we adjusted and used Rolo's instead of the Peanut butter cups. We also used orange Tic Tacs instead of the gum we couldn't find. Very cute, easy to make, fun to eat!"

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vshayes 162147
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"super easy to make! and yummy"

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lschumacher 177633
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"These were so easy to make. I couldn't find chiclets, so I tinted some frosting instead. They came out great!"

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njellwood 210254
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"These were a hit last year for Thanksgiving. I plan on making them again this year."

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Toni51 103267
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"I thought for sure that I had written a review of these last year when we first made them, but I see now that I didn't. (?) These were so much fun for the kids to make, and truly adorable. We were out of yellow food coloring, but the vanilla frosting looked fine on its own. Also couldn't find orange mini Chiclets, so we subsituted with a piece of candy corn on each hat. We will be making these again this Thanksgiving. Thanks for the smiles and fun."

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bettyh@latech.edu 174857
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"These were simple yet very good. They were a hit at the office. My sister made and took them to an assisted living facility and they were a big hit there. I substituted an orange tic tac for the chiclet gum."

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theobro 174856
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"This was so simple that I had my kids help me make it. They had so much fun delivering them to our neighbors too."

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rtrock02 116826
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"My boys and I made this for my family on Thanksgiving morning. It was so much fun. Kids had a blast."

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lorene b johnson 174855
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"Made these for our Thanksgiving and they just raved how wonderful they were. Trying to get an idea for Christmas. Lorene, Mendota Heights, Mn."

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bzymom183 174854
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"just made a batch everyone thought they were so cute for a quick and easy dessert substituted chicklets-(can't find anywhere) for cut up candy corn for the buckle"

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grandmommo 92763
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"Very creative idea! I made a batch for the dessert table for Thanksgiving, and got many compliments from all ages. I just couldn't bring myself to put gum on a cookie, so I substituted cut up orange gumdrops for the buckle. Thanks for an easy, yummy treat!"

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Toni51 142541
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"Fun for older kids, too! My kids (ages 22, 17 and 17) really enjoyed making and eating these last night. We didn't bother to color the frosting and I don't think it made much difference in the appearance. Also, substituted miniature Reese's pieces for the Chiclets that I couldn't find, and that worked out just fine. Thank you for the recipe! I wish I had found it many years ago when my kids were little, as I am sure this would have become a Thanksgiving tradition. (It still will be.)"

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MsPattyPerfect 210253
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"These cookies were a big hit at my grandson's pre-K school. I used a pastry bag to put the icing on each cookie, then put the pnb cup on. this was so much easier."

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KatherineP01 177632
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"Super easy to make and absolutely adorable! Didn't use the gum pieces-- we couldn't find them at our local store, but used orange tic-tacs instead and they still look adorable. Everyone was amazed at how something so simple could be so cute!"

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AdeleDegnan 210252
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"These are SOOOO cute! I didn't give 5 stars because I don't know if the family will like the taste. But presentation alone is worth at least 4 stars. I'll say more after Turkey Day. Oh, and I used small Reese's Pieces for the buckle."

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linsvin 180721
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"Just finished making these for Thanksgiving...way too cute! Definitely would freeze the PB cups and cookies ahead of time especially if the kids are helping."

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dctindiana 177631
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"Spent two days looking for mini chicklets wound up cutting small pieces from a jellied orange slice"

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polzinkl 116824
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"These are very easy to make. I made 100 of them last night for my daughter & son's daycare. The kids love them. I use the Frosting in a tube in yellow & orange. It makes it much easier to do. I actually just squeeze the yellow frosting in the middle of the cookie & then press the peanut butter cup in the middle. Turns out perfect. Then I use the orange tube frosting for the feather. I also use Rollos at times b/c they are considered a nut free food. Awesome recipe!!!"

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msiwula 116823
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"Could not be an easier decoration to make. Placed them on a cookie tray for a church social and family gatherings and got nothing but positive raves.

Can't wait to make them for out Thanksgiving dinner.
I used little square after dinner mints; cut in half length wise instead of the chiclets. LQQKed just fine!"

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dineterrill 164425
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"It was a big hit last Thanksgiving. I made the bucle with cut orange licorice twist."

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mrsdarcy24 175929
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"Made them with my kids and nephews 5 - 9 years old and they had a great time. Very cute idea. I had to use orange Tic Tac's, because I could not find any chiclets anywhere. I will be on the look out for them for next time. We put them in a little clear bag and added a Thank You note to them."

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tum-tum 164424
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"My grand daughter had a great time making these last year and is already talking about making them again on "twerkey day""

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Oquedlara0134 180692
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"I would like to give a suggestion. Some people

don't everything. But they sure. Would buy or make it. If it ever was."

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LKAM 174849
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"I made these last year and thought they were adorable and easy, but forgot about them until my five year old grandson reminded me that we HAD to make the pilgrim hats again, so we are. I guess it has become a cherished tradition."

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spudbug 162146
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"I made these for a bake sale at church. Instead of the peanut cups I used the rollo candy for the top. and also used the small baking m&ms for the belt. Went over very good"

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lilchuckbear 162145
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"These were very easy to make and turned out super cute. Two keys - 1. freeze the peanut butter cups and cookies before you start working with them. 2. use a piping bag for the yellow iceing - it made so much easier! I also put these on top of an iced cup cake and propped up the hat with two m&m that looked like eyes. My sons class just loved them!"

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Mjxfingers 159303
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"Super simple, cute and everyone LOVES them! Had problem finding Chicklets-found them @ Yummies in Kittery, Maine. MUST MAKE for Thanksgiving!!!"

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marciedarciestuff 174847
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"Just made these for my coworkers and will be making them next week for my kids to take to school. EASY and ADORABLE. Thanks for sharing this. I FINALLY found the tiny chicklets at a Micheals Craft Store as another person mentioned."

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arctickiki 164423
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"These are absolutely ADORABLE! I haven't made them yet, but I can't wait to, and how simple! Thanks!"

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dmgiblin 95886
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"Made these last Thanksgiving. Tinted small amount of icing orange and used a small tip to pipe in. The kids LOVED them."

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rigglek 95883
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"A very cute idea but it's heart healthy only if you don't eat any."

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magybarra 162064
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"I made these cookies for my sons elementary class. It was a hit! All of the kids loved them! I used the Mini- M & M's in replace of the gum. Cute idea!!!"

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cdsmith38 108660
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"This is such a cute idea! I ended up finding the mini chicklet gum at Michael's craft store of all places!! :)"

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XOBasia 210251
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008

"I made these for Thanksgiving this year...it was a hit! I had leftover candy corn from halloween and just cut little pieces of the orange section. Very cute!"

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kkparsons 95882
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2008

"I made these to bring in to work as a pre-Thanksgiving treat, and everyone loved them! I also could not find chiclets so used orange tic-tacs. The only other thing I did differently was to pipe some icing on with a cake decorating bag, because it didn't quite look like the picture when I just put some on the bottom of the peanut butter cup and pressed down. What a cute idea!"

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bekahjan 175927
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

" Hi Kris,

 I am in CA and had the same trouble finding chiclets. I made the cookies and found a great replacement. I found those gummy orange wedges (I found mine at walmart) and used those. I took one wedge and rolled it out flat with a rolling pin (use lots of sugar to help it keep from sticking to the rolling pin) then cut it into strips then into squares. (when roling it out make sure not to roll it so flat that you lose the orange color of the wedge). It worked great. It was a little tedious but turned out wonderful. I only used one orange wedge for about 25 cookies. Hope this idea helps.
 Rebekah
 
"

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arslp 175979
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2008

"My five-year-old grandson and I made these last weekend and he absolutely loved them! He liked them so much that we made them 3 times!! We could not find chiclets in our area, so we used the orange tic-tacs, and they looked fine.

I'm taking this recipe to the therapeutic preschool where I work to the occupational therapist. Good fine motor activity. My little patients (speech-pathologist) will get to make these, too! Good for language.
Thanks so much for this great idea!"

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Grandmaj2u 142539
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2008

"I think any orange decoration that was the same size would work. thanks for the idea of candy corn tip garnish"

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Grandmaj2u 177630
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2008

"Sooo Cute and Super easy How creative"

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GrannyBarbieJ_Texas 175922
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"Kris, would cutting off the orange part of candy corn work?"

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GrannyBarbieJ_Texas 175978
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"These are adorable for my youngest grandson's kindergarten party ... and so easy which is perfect for me.

Granny BJ Wood"

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lalk 142538
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"I am from the south and there are no chiclets to be had.

Kris"

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susan whaley 177628
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"what issue is the pilgram hat cookies in. or book. thanks"

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Kelly Kreuer 142537
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"Where did you find the Chiclets gum? Which stores to look for the gum."

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sondy13 164421
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2008

"Everyone in a Christian group I belong to really loved these and are making them for Thanksgiving. Thanks!"

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Katylady1970 177626
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2008

"These are a cute and festive idea for Thanksgiving. I am thankful that someone had such a cute and creative idea.

Katylady1970~"

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jen4181 164411
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2008

"My son made these for a fundraiser and was soldout with in a hour he wished he had made more! Great thing to try with your kids."

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Amber Koonce 92761
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2008

"I really don't make things like this without a picture."

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chris64 174769
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"really want to see a picture"

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jstone12@cox.net 174767
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"Most teacher would prefer not to have the gum. Use some piece of candy instead.

Usetobeateacher"

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peachygirl_GA 210250
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"A picture would sure be nice!"

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gruvygmaof3 164409
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2008

"I have to agree. A picture would help."

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mik 162062
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2008

"Picture please!!!!!"

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love2cook 116816
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2008

"This recipe is in the October/November 2008 issue of Taste of Home. Only magazine subscribers can see it online. But since there's so much interest, I'll "cheat" and post it here. (Don't tell!)

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

"We dreamed up this combination for a yummy treat to take into school before our Thanksgiving break. Everyone loved them!" Megan and Mitchell Vogel, Jefferson, Wisconsin

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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 of a cookie, forming the hatband and crown. Add a buckle of Chiclets gum. Repeat with remaining cups and cookies. Yield: 32 cookies.
 "

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bpril13 107068
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2008

"I also think a picture would be very helpful. I am visual and have no clue how to make these and want to."

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pennys4@hotmail.com 175977
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"I can see it in my mind. The directions are very easy to follow. A picture is always nice though. Thanks for the cut idea. I am a teacher who will try this."

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ulock_pe 103265
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"pilgrim hat cookies, what do they look like? I agree."

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PAdutch 103262
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

" Let alone the picture...............I can't even get the recipe!! :o("

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mbculpepper 177620
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"I second that! I would like to see a picture. Thanks. mb"

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zadok 159302
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"Would like to see a picture"

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mslouise 164407
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"where is the picture ? some of us learn visually. : )

Thanks"

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glendajanice 174754
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"Definitely a picture is necessary"

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mfall 103261
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"Why would you put this recipe online without a picture?"

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Cisa 180691
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"Yep, we need a picture."

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Photonatr 107067
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"Yes, need a picture. Can't picture in my head what the purpose of the yellow frosting is"

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muggles 162061
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2008

"where is the picture of the pilgrim hat cookies?????"

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