If you’re looking for something fun and festive for St. Patrick’s Day these leprechaun hat cookies are perfect! Made with marshmallows and store-bought cookies they are easy to make and sure to be a hit!
These cookies are the perfect dessert to add to your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. They go perfectly with these St. Patrick’s Day Sprinkle Cookies, Cereal Bars, and Snack Mix! You’ll be set with the perfect party!
St. Patrick’s Day is so much fun! I love the light-heartedness of it, the fun, the drinks, the crazy green clothing.
It is one of those holidays that people don’t take too seriously, it doesn’t require a ton of preparation, and it is a perfect reason for a party!
My kids love St. Patty’s. We’ve always had a family dinner with corned beef and cabbage, and of course something green for dessert.
These leprechaun hats are such a fun dessert to add to any St. Patty’s party. They are made with store-bought cookies and marshmallows so they are easy to put together. You just have to do some chocolate dipping and assembling!
A few notes before we get started.
#1- I used Sandies cookies for these. I chose them because they are the right size, shape and texture for these cookies. You can use a different kind of cookie but I recommend you use something that is a crunchy cookie, and that is relatively smooth. For instance chocolate chip cookies wouldn’t work well for this, you’d end up with bumpy brimmed hats. You also want to make sure they are big enough to create the rim of the hat, so they need to be bigger around than the marshmallows.
#2- The candy melts can be tricky. I’ve included how much shortening I used in mine but you may need to add more. The shortening helps them get nice and liquidy and smooth so that it is easy to cover your cookies and marshmallows. So if your candy melts are too thick just add shortening a tsp at a time to get them the desired texture.
#3- I’ve included the ratios for 12 cookies, but you can easily make more with one bag of marshmallows and one package of cookies, you’ll just need more candy melts!
Now on to the recipe!
Here’s what you’ll need to make these leprechaun hat cookies-
12 Keebler Sandies Cookies or Keebler Simply Made Butter Cookies
1- Cup Green Candy Melts
1-3- tsp. Shortening (more if needed)
Double boiler, or heat safe bowl over a pan
These chocolate dipping tools also come in handy or a small fork and skewer.
First you’ll want to prepare a cooling rack, wax paper or parchment to set your freshly dipped cookies on.
In the bowl of double boiler over medium heat melt your candy melts and 1 tsp of shortening, until smooth.
Once they are completely melted add additional shortening to achieve desired consistency. You want them to be fairly liquid so that they will coat the marshmallows and cookies easily. If you thin them too much you can add in a few more melts.
Once they are melted you’re going to dip your cookies. I found it easiest to press them into the candy until the top and sides are covered. (It is ok if the bottom isn’t coated) Or you can use a fork or chocolate dipping tool to lower them into the candy coating.
Remove from the candy and set right side up on your prepared cooling rack or wax paper. If needed you can use a butter knife to smooth the top a bit while the candy is still soft.
Once all your cookies are done it is time to dip your marshmallows. Poke them with a skewer or toothpick. You can either dip them into the candy melts or use a spoon to pour the melted chocolate over the marshmallows. I did a bit of each.
Once your marshmallow is covered with chocolate gently press it into the center of a prepared cookie and remove the skewer or toothpick. Use a butter knife to cover the hole if necessary.
Let them cool completely until the coating is nice and hard.
Now it’s time to put the finishing touches on!
Pinch off a piece of fondant about the size of a black olive.
Roll it into a long worm like shape about 3-4 inches long. Gently press it to flatten into a belt for your hat.
Wrap it around the base of the marshmallow and cut off any excess.
Now gently press a gold cake sequins into the fondant. If it doesn’t stick slightly wet the back and it will. Make a tiny ball of fondant and press it into the center of the sequins to finish it off.
Now you’re all set! These are ready to brighten up your St. Patty’s festivities!
- 12 Marshmallows
- 12 Keebler Sandies Cookies or Keebler Simply Made Butter Cookies
- 1- Cup Green Candy Melts
- 1-3- tsp. Shortening (more if needed)
- Black Fondant
- Gold Cake Sequins
1. In the bowl of a double boiler over low/med heat melt candy
melts and 1 tsp shortening.
2. When they are completely melted, add additional shortening
to get a nice liquid texture. If the melts are too thick they won’t coat the
cookies and marshmallow smoothly.
3. Once you have achieved the desired consistency, it’s time to
dip the cookies
4. Using a chocolate dipping tool or your fingers, press the
top of the cookie into the melted chocolate until the sides are covered. Remove
& place uncovered side down on a cooling rack, wax paper, or parchment
5. Repeat with remaining cookies until they are all covered.
6. Next place a marshmallow on a toothpick, skewer or chocolate
dipping tool. Dip in chocolate or use a spoon to spread chocolate over the
surface to cover the marshmallow.
7. Place it in the center of a cookie and remove the toothpick.
If the toothpick leaves a hole in the chocolate use a spoon to smooth out the
surface of the top.
8. Repeat with remaining marshmallows.
9. Allow the cookies and marshmallows to cool completely until
chocolate is set.
10. Now take a pinch of black fondant, about the size of a black
olive. Roll it into a worm like shape about 3-4 inches long. Gently press it to flatten.
11. Wrap it around the base of the marshmallow to form the belt
of the hat, use a sharp knife to cut off excess.
12. Gently press a gold cake sequins into the fondant to create
a buckle. Make a tiny ball of fondant and press into the center of the sequins.
If you have trouble getting the fondant and sequins to stick together wet them
with a small drop of water.
13. Repeat until all the hats are finished.