Celebrate the beginning of the harvest with these Giving Thanks Pilgrim Cookies. Adding a name to these Thanksgiving cookies turns these into the cutest place holders any Thanksgiving table has ever seen…and guests can munch on their cookies as dinner cooks! Fun Thanksgiving treats like these are great for kids and adults alike, and you can have lots of fun personalizing your pilgrims with different colored hair and outfits.
In advance: Tint fondant as follows: 3 oz. yellow, 3 oz. gray, 1 oz. dark brown.
Prepare roll-out cookie dough. Cut figures using large Gingerbread Boy cutter from 101 Cutters set; use large Christmas tree from 101 Cutters set to cut 2 easel backs for each. Cut one large tree; trim off trunk and cut in half to form 2 triangle easels. Bake and cool cookies.
For all: Decorate with royal icing. Use tip 6 to outline and fill in clothes and faces (pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe tip 2A arms with tip 6 hands. Pipe tip 2 swirls and lines for hair, tip 6 dot nose and tip 1 line mouth and eyes.
For Pilgrim Woman: Shape top of hat and brim from fondant; attach. Pipe tip 2 collar and cuffs with icing.
For Pilgrim Man: Use fondant to make top of hat; attach. Cut 1/4 in. fondant strips for hat band, small yellow square for buckle and smaller white square for center; attach all. Cut 1/4 in. fondant strip for hat brim; attach. Use icing to outline and fill in collar.
When dry, attach easel to back with royal icing. Let dry.
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I made these for Thanksgiving 2012, and they were a big hit! I used the sugar cookie recipe. They were very easy to decorate (I made mostly small ones using the small gingerbread boy cutter, and two large one's). The royal icing was kind of hard to decorate them with, but I think it may be because I didn't thin it out enough. I did not make the easel backs, I just left them laying flat.