Sharon Bower’s Candy Construction is a dream come true for kids—all the projects are built out of candy, cookies and frosting! Pirate ships, race cars, necklaces, game boards, train cars and spaceships…all deliciously edible. These adorable Pilgrim Hats, a Thanksgiving-centric project, could be a kid-friendly dessert or a fun way to keep the little ones occupied after the big meal. Some of the pieces need to be cut in advance by an adult, but kids of all ages can do the assembling.
Candy Pilgrim Hats
- 12 fudge-striped shortbread cookies
- 12 mini peanut butter or caramel cups
- Chocolate Mortar (see recipe below) or 1 can store-bought chocolate frosting
- Strawberry fruit leather
- To construct the hats, turn the cookies over so the solid chocolate side is on top. Unwrap the miniature cups and use a dab of mortar to glue them, top side down, to the center of the cookie.
- To make the hatbands, use scissors or a sharp paring knife to cut a strip of the fruit leather about ⅛-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.
- Cut a square buckle from another piece of fruit leather and press the buckle over the seam in the hatband.
Makes 3 cups.
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar (a 1-pound box)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2-3 tablespoons whole milk or cream
- Beat the butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and cocoa powder, beating until absorbed. If the frosting is too thick, add the milk or cream, a few teaspoons at a time, until it reaches the consistency you prefer.