Thanksgiving Treats

Kid-friendly recipes





Pilgrim Hats

Caution: Contains nuts

  • Chocolate-striped shortbread cookies
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini peanut butter cups
  • Yellow tube frosting
  • Orange mini Chiclets 
  1. Place shortbread cookies stripes down on a wax-paper–covered tray.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.
  3. Dip wide end (top) of a peanut butter cup in the melted chocolate chips, then affix to center of cookie. 
  4. Pipe a circle of yellow frosting around the peanut butter cup for the hat brim, then pop on a mini Chiclet for the buckle.     

Autumnal Marshmallow Pops

Gluten- and nut-free

  • Marshmallows
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Food coloring pens (brown, green, red, orange and yellow)
  1. Draw a fall design on a marshmallow with the food coloring pens. 
  2. Insert a stick and enjoy!      

Meaghan Mountford,            

Apple Turkeys


  • Apples
  • Cheerios, craisins, raisins, marshmallows, popcorn 
  • Toothpicks
  • Goldfish crackers
  1. String Cheerios, craisins, raisins and marshmallows onto a toothpick stuck into the apple, to mimic tail feathers. 
  2. Cut a toothpick in half and stick on mini marshmallows and raisins for eyes. 
  3. Stabilize the apple with two popcorn-studded toothpicks stuck in the front and one in the back as legs.
  4. Finish with a Goldfish nose and craisin wattle.               

NEXT PAGE: A candy cornupcopia, turkey sandwich cookies and Jell-o Mayflowers


Candy Cornucopia

Caution: Contains nuts

  • Sugar ice cream cones
  • White chocolate chips
  • Jelly beans
  • Chopped pistachios
  1. Heat water in teakettle, with pointed end of a sugar cone in spout; steam until softened, about 1 minute. Gently curve end ½ inch from tip; hold for 15 seconds.
  2. Steam 1 side of cone's open end; press to flatten  and let cool until set. 
  3. Dip edge in melted white chocolate and roll in chopped pistachios. Refrigerate until set. 
  4. Fill with jelly beans and serve.                       

Turkey Sandwich Cookies


  • Golden Double Stuf Oreos
  • Round candy or dried fruit for eyes
  • Candy corn
  • Red fruit strips
  1. Stick about six pieces of candy corn into the Oreo cream, fanned out to resemble tail feathers.
  2. Scrape a bit of Oreo cream off to stick on candy or dried-fruit eyes.
  3. Cut fruit strip into a long triangle and wrap it around one piece of candy corn.
  4. Stick the candy corn nose on the Oreo.           

Mayflower Jell-o Boats

Gluten- and nut-free

  • Oranges
  • Prepared Jell-o
  • Toothpicks
  • White paper cut into rectangular sail shapes
  1. Halve and hollow oranges. 
  2. Prepare Jell-o. 
  3. Place orange halves in muffin pan and fill with Jell-o. Cool in refrigerator until set. 
  4. Add toothpick-paper sails.              

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