Brownie Graduation Hats

For Mr. Three’s pre-school graduation party last week, I made little graduation hats. (I can’t believe my baby is going to Kindergarten in the Fall!)
 (You may have seen this pic on already.)  I got the idea from Pinterest (of course), but most used a Reese Cup as the base.  Mine needed to be peanut free, since my son and another classmate are allergic.  So, I decided on brownies, baked in a mini muffin pan. (You could buy pre-made brownie bites making these a quick, no-bake treat!)
 I thought they turned out pretty cute for my first attempt, and the kids & parents alike enjoyed them. {Yes, I was *that* mom who brought in something cutesy off Pinterest. But hey, sometimes I’m that “crap! I forgot to buy something for the party, let me grab some Little Debbie snacks” mom too. It’s called balance. Can’t be on top of my game all the time. lol}
Since these were for preschoolers, the mini brownies made the perfect size snack!
Brownie Graduation Hats
1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients on box
1 package chocolate covered graham cookies
candy for ‘tassels’*
mini M and M candies
melted chocolate for ‘gluing’ everything together
  • Mix brownies according to directions on package (or try this egg free, lower fat version!).
  • Bake brownies in a mini muffin pan until done (they will not take as long to bake as directed on package since they are minis. Do I really need to point that out? probably not)
  • Once cool, carefully cut rounded tops off brownies so they will sit flat (if needed)
  • Flip brownies over, so the widest side is down.
  • Use some melted chocolate to attach a graham cookie to the now upside down brownie.
  • Use more melted chocolate to attach candy tassels to top of cookie, and the mini M candy on top of tassel.
*The candy that I used for the tassels was some rope candy I had never seen before (and don’t remember the name of). It is similar to the pull-apart Twizzlers in shape. The problem I had with this candy is that it was kind of hard and round, and it was a little difficult to get the round rope pieces to sit on top of the cookie, and they were a little too big. I ended up cutting each rope piece in half (vertically), and then cut them to the desired length.  My recommendation, and what I will do in the future, is use something that is flat…like a fruit roll up, or maybe a flattened Tootsie roll? And cut it into strips. I think that would be much easier to work with.
Other tips: You could use cookie icing to “glue” your pieces together, b/c it hardens pretty quickly and comes in a handy little squeezable pouch. The only color I had on hand was red…so I ended up using melted chocolate. You don’t need that much…I might have used 1/4 cup?
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38 thoughts on “Brownie Graduation Hats

  1. These are so cute! What a fantastic idea!

    I'm visiting from Memories by the Mile Link Party. Hope you have a great week!


  2. These are so clever! I definitely want to make these for a graduation party sometime. I would love for you to share these on my Sweet Tooth Tuesdays blog link party.

  3. I did see those on Instagram – so cool! And I am obsessed with Pinterest! Why do I have to have a damn day job. 😀

  4. Cutest idea!! I shared it with a friend who's making cupcakes for her daughter's graduation!

  5. Kim – these are so clever! Good job. Thanks for coming by and partying with us. Have a funtastic week!


  6. Too cute and delicious! Thank you for linking it to this week's Fluster Buster Party, have a great weekend! Lizy Party Co Host

  7. These are so cute and so creative!
    Thank you so much for linking up on Much Ado About Monday! We hope you come back next week, can't wait to see what else you've been up too!


  8. Whoohoo! – I'm your 800th GFC follower!! I found you on the “Foodie Friday” blog hop – this is my blog if you wanted to follow back:
    PS – You have a wonderful blog!

  9. I saw your link at The weekend re-treat and had to come over to tell you how cute these are! I'm sure your son and friends are thrilled!

  10. Thank you for sharing these little hats. They are the cutest things for any graduation. I have pinned them and also featured them on today's post. Can't wait to see what's in store next week.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  11. I adore these! Pinned.

    Pretty please share this on a link party that I host with 4 other blogs called Moonlight & Mason Jars (live Monday at 5pm EST thru Sunday at midnight). We feature 5 blogs who link up every week.

    Jenn Pilgrim
    The Newlywed Pilgrimage (.com)

  12. LOVE IT! Those are about as cute as can be – and how fun!

    Thanks for linking up with BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

    Hope to see you again soon at BeBetsy and join us at the hop again next week.

    The best to you,
    Sharon and Denise

  13. so cute – pinned these! Thanks so much for linking up to Friday Food Frenzy!

  14. Hi Kim,
    These are just precious little graduation hats! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. I love it! I wish I had thought of that when my kids were graduating. Won't be too long before I can do it for my grandkids. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend. Best wishes for tasty dishes this week!

  16. Ack! These are pretty much the most adorable thing EVER!!! 🙂 What a clever idea! I followed you here from the link party with Watch Out, Martha, by the way. Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here's the link:

  17. How cute and really not tough to make for those of us who are baking impaired. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on foodie friday.


    You were FEATURED on the BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop–congrats!

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  19. Those are so cute! I love that you made them peanut free. I've seen the other tons of times, but can't eat them either. Nice to have a peanut free version. I bet they were super yummy and didn't last long! Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  20. So cute. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop 55. We can't wait to see what you have for us this week. This weeks party is live.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  21. These are so cute! I'm pinning them to my graduation board. Thanks for sharing them at Think Tank Thursday. They have been featured today!

  22. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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