Homemade Pilgrim Hat Cookies

This Thanksgiving would be a great time to teach your kids the meaning behind it and how the pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving in 1621 after a successful harvest. You know what would make it even more fun? Making these Homemade Pilgrim Hat Cookies while you tell the story. We’ve partnered with our good friends at Imperial Sugar to share this recipe with you. It’s a  kid-friendly recipe and I am sure your are kids are going to love making these cookies as much as mine did!

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I will admit, our first batch of cookies didn’t turn out so well. I haven’t really worked with royal icing before so I had a hard time figuring it out but the second batch turned out much better. My advice would be to add a bit more powdered sugar if your royal icing ends up being too runny to work with. For reference, we used the royal icing recipe here and got the pilgrim hat cookie idea here.

What You Will Need to Make Homemade Pilgrim Hat Cookies:

  • 1 3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour (use the spoon & sweep method*)
  • 1/2 Cup Non Dutched (non alkalized) Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Imperial Sugar Powdered Sugar (for rolling dough)
  • 1 Bag Miniatures Peanut Buttercups (dark or milk – we used dark)
  • Royal icing
  • Cookie Sheets
  • Parchment Paper or Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • Large Mixing Bowls
  • Hand Held or Stand Mixer
  • Mixing Spoons
  • Sifter
  • Rolling Pin
  • Round Cookie Cutter

How to Make Homemade Pilgrim Hat Cookies:

  1. In a large bowl, combine and sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.pilgrim hat cookies inprocess1
  2. In another bowl, combine the softened butter and sugar. With hand held mixer or stand mixer beat  until light and creamy.pilgrim hat cookies inprocess2
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the sugar mixture. Then add sifted dry ingredients and mix until dough forms, do not overmix. Tip: Once you’ve moistened the mixture, it is easy to form the dough with your hands.pilgrim hat cookies inprocess3
  4. Using the back end of a spoon, press dough 1/4 inch thick on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in refrigerator until firm enough to be rolled, about 30-45 minutes. (or refrigerate dough overnight).
  5. Once firm, press dough briefly together to form a ball. Place powdered sugar in a sieve and dust the work surface and dough with a thin layer.pilgrim hat cookies inprocess4
  6. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  7. Roll dough about 3-4 stacked credit cards thick. Cut into circles nearly 1/4 inch wider than peanut buttercups and place on parchment lined cookies sheets about 1/4 inch apart.pilgrim hat cookies inprocess5
  8. Place in oven and bake until the surface is set but is still soft, about 11-13 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool completely. You may stick your cookies on a cooling rack at this point.
  10. Prepare royal icing and if desired add orange food color (I used 1 drop of red and 5 drops of yellow gel food coloring).
  11. Using the royal icing glue  peanut buttercups onto cookie bottoms. Tip: It works best if you place the icing into a piping bag with a fine point tip.pilgrim hat cookies inprocess6
  12. With a piping bag, pipe a ribbon of icing along the bottom of peanut buttercups.
  13. Pipe a square on the front for the buckle. Allow icing to dry.
  14. Serve and enjoy.

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