No-Bake Mini Toadstool Treats

Cookies get a woodland makeover and are transformed into spotted mushrooms. Here we've used iced gingerbread cookies and kiss-shaped meringues, which are available at most grocery stores. Other cookies that make good toadstool tops are French macarons and vanilla wafer cookies, so have fun experimenting!

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

By: Heather Baird
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Ingredients

  • 12 prepared meringue cookies
  • 12 iced gingerbread cookies
  • 6 ounces orange candy melting wafers
  • 6 ounces red candy melting wafers
  • 1/4 cup white confetti sprinkles
  • 2 tablespoons white nonpareils
  • cocoa powder for dusting
  • toothpicks
  • florists’ foam block
  • parchment paper

Instructions

1. Cover a work surface with a large sheet of parchment paper. Place the meringues and iced gingerbread cookies on the parchment.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

2. Heat the red and orange wafers in a microwave-safe bowl at 100 percent power at 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. 

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Heather Baird

3. Insert toothpicks into the bottom centers of each iced gingerbread cookie.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

4. Pick up the cookies by the toothpicks and dip each of the cookie tops into the melted candy. 

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Heather Baird

5. Turn them upright and insert the toothpicks into the florists’ foam and immediately sprinkle on the white confetti and nonpareils. Allow to dry at room temperature, about 15 minutes.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

6. To resemble ‘dirt’, dip the flat bottoms of each of the meringues into unsweet cocoa powder and tap off the excess.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

7. Dip the pointed end of the meringues into the melted candy. Place on the parchment paper.

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Heather Baird

8. Immediately top the meringue with a red mushroom cap. Allow the mushrooms to stand until set, about 10 minutes.

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Heather Baird

9. For favors, place two or three cookies in woodland-themed cupcake papers and place in clear gusseted bags; tie with ribbon and add gift tags.

Photo by: Heather Baird

Heather Baird

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