Fun Thanksgiving Desserts for Kids
Think of them as edible handprint turkeys.
Sometimes the best family memories are made in the kitchen. Get your kids involved this Thanksgiving with these oh-so-cute desserts tailored just for them.
Turkey Tail Cupcakes
Cupcakes are a great way to get kids involved, and this version (pictured above) uses a boxed cake mix, so it couldn't be easier. The tricky part is making the melted chocolate "feathers" — older kids should be able to do it with no problem, but if it's a hassle for little ones you can make it simple and use candy corn or yellow, orange and brown M&M's for the feathers. If turkeys aren't your thing, mix it up and make a cute pilgrim hat topper with a sandwich cookie and a small peanut butter cup.
Sweet and Salty Turkey Centerpieces
These delicious centerpieces can double as dessert. Fill a small glass fishbowl-style bowl with candy in seasonal colors (think orange, yellow and brown). You'll take pretzel rods, dip them in chocolate and roll them in whatever you choose — orange and yellow sprinkles, crushed cookies, etc. Once they're done, stick them in like feathers, attach eyes and a nose to the bowl, and you're done.
These couldn't be simpler (and healthy, too!). Take a waffle cone (make your own or buy some at the store) and line it with parchment paper. This will help the cone to not get soggy. Turn on its side and fill with whatever fresh fruit you like — try sliced apples or pears, berries or grapes. Let some of the fruit stick out of the end for a real cornucopia look.
Handprint Turkey Cookies
Use your imagination and you'll see that, with a little bit of frosting or sprinkle magic, a handprint can look like a turkey! Use this recipe (or premade cookie dough if you wish) and have your kids place their hands on top of the rolled dough for you to carefully cut around. Once these sugar cookies are baked and cooled, the kids can decorate them into the coolest turkeys on the block.
Pumpkin Cake Pops
Kids love cake pops, because the pops are just as fun to make as they are to eat. Make them seasonal by adding in pumpkin. This recipe has directions for making everything from scratch, but you can also start with boxed cake mix or premade frosting (or both!). After baking, dip the pops in festively colored melting chocolates or find fun seasonal sprinkles.
For younger kids, sometimes assembling is easier than cooking, and that's all they'll have to do to make these Thanksgiving treats. The body is made of a chocolate sandwich cookie with a peanut butter cup for the belly, a halved malt ball for the face, candy corn leaves, and melted chocolate as the glue to hold it all together. You can sub other candies for the peanut butter cup and even add little pretzel legs.
Crispy Treat Turkey
Crispy treats are great to form into shapes, because they are so pliable. If your kids are up for a challenge, they can mold a whole turkey — a total showstopper. Stuff the cavity with dried fruits or candy of your choosing. If you're feeling less ambitious, make a pan of regular crispy treats and mix in sprinkles or festive candies.