How to Make Graduation Cap Treats

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June 1, 2017

Graduation Cap Treats - finished grad cap treatsYou can make graduation cap treats for your graduate with some cookies and candies. You can have the candy colours match the school's colours. This was for a red and gold school. These are so easy to make and super cute! Congratulations, class of 2017!


Total Time: 20 minutes


  • chocolate graham cookie squares
  • large peanut butter cups
  • chocolate chips
  • M&Ms
  • Twizzlers Pull and Peel candies
  • microwavable bowl
  • Popsicle stick or chopstick
Graduation Cap Treats - supplies


  1. In a microwavable bowl, melt the chocolates in the microwave at 30 second increments until they're just melted. This chocolate will act as the glue between the parts.
  2. Graduation Cap Treats - melt chocolate chips in microwave
    Graduation Cap Treats - stir with a fork until they are just melted
  3. Turn a peanut butter cup upside down and apply some melted chocolate to the middle. Top with a chocolate graham cookie.
  4. Graduation Cap Treats - turn peanut butter cup over and add a dab of melted chocolate
    Graduation Cap Treats - top with a chocolate graham cracker
  5. Dab some melted chocolate onto the top middle of the cookie. Apply one M&M candy.
  6. Graduation Cap Treats - add a dab of melted chocolate to center of graham cracker
    Graduation Cap Treats - top with and M&M

  7. Cut your Twizzlers into three, lengthwise. Take apart 2mm worth of one side so it flares.
  8. Graduation Cap Treats - cut Twizzlers in 3 lengthwise and separate ends a bit
  9. Add some melted chocolate next to the M&M in the middle and attach the Twizzler. Now you have the center button and tassel.
  10. Graduation Cap Treats - use melted chocolate to attack the Twizzler tassel
  11. I like to curl the end of the tassels so they look dramatic!
  12. Graduation Cap Treats - you can curl the ends of the tassel
  13. Enjoy! :)
  14. Graduation Cap Treats

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June 1, 2005

I remember seeing a graduation favor using a small peanut butter cup and a square cookie to make a graduation cap. Does anyone know how to make them? Any other ideas would be welcome, also.



By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
June 1, 20050 found this helpful

Wasn't it just a fudge covered graham cracker type cookie for the top and an upside-down peanut butter cup for the bottom?

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June 1, 20050 found this helpful

Hi RuthAnn,
Here's a link with pictures and instructions how to make them:,1801,HGTV_3210_2205081,00.html

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By Emily (Guest Post)
June 1, 20050 found this helpful

I saw a cute idea at using cupcakes. They are called graduation cup-caps. They are really cute! It is made using an upside-down cupcake for the base, then a chocolate-covered graham cracker for the top of the hat, and they added a few other things for decoration.


There is a picture of it on their website if you are interested. Goodluck!

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By Cassie (Guest Post)
June 2, 20050 found this helpful

We saw this idea for chocolate mortarboards in the Family Fun magazine (great magazine!). Place miniature peanut butter cups, bottom up, on a plate. Top with a small dollop of peanut butter, then press on chocolate covered graham crackers. For a tassel, cut up a long rectangle of fruit roll-ups, keeping part of the little square in tact, cut little tassels. Stick on top of cookie. This is a great project to have younger siblings help with and they look so cute!

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By Lynn (Guest Post)
February 17, 20060 found this helpful

Instead of a cookie, I use two rectangle squares of Hershey's chocolate bar (2 make it square). Make sure to use a good size dollop of peanut butter or the chocolate won't stick. I try to find fruit roll-ups in school colors and this makes them a really neat treat.


I have made them for a few open houses and they get a great reception - and lots of requests for the directions!

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By Candy Cooke (Guest Post)
December 13, 20070 found this helpful

Would you believe I actually created the peanut butter graduation cap idea in 1997?! I'm sure there will be skeptics to that claim but I have the graduation open house pictures to prove it! It's neat to see through a web search that the idea has spread and been enjoyed by many. Here's the "original" way I made them and have been doing them for years. Ingredients-Hershey peanut butter cups, Hershey chocolate bar broke in squares, tub of chocolate frosting and a tub of vanilla frosting. Tint the vanilla frosting with food coloring to match the school color of the graduate.


Directions: Put a dab of chocolate frosting between the peanut butter cup and the Hershey chocolate square to hold them together. Attach a star tip to a frosting decorating bag and fill with the vanilla frosting. Squeeze a frosting graduation tassel on the top of the Hershey square. To make the tassel, start by squeezing out the bottom of the tassel just so the frosting suspends right above table height, pull upward to the middle of the Hershey square and end by squeezing a small star. I have served these by themselves or arranged them on top of a sheet cake. Enjoy!

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By marie Mikhail (Guest Post)
May 27, 20080 found this helpful

or if you're like me and aren't a fan of peanut butter, use Rolos!

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