Thanksgiving Treats

There are many fun ways to bake with your children during the holidays and Thanksgiving is no exception. Baking treats that are associated with the history of Thanksgiving can be fun and educational at the same time. Sweet T.O.M. Turkeys, Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats, and Tepee Treats are just a few treats that families can use to teach their children about the history of Thanksgiving, along with having fun treats to eat. Below are the recipes for each of these examples, taken from

Sweet T.O.M. Turkeys

sweet tom

What you’ll need:

  • Cupcakes
  • Chocolate frosting
  • 3 oval shortbread cookies
  • 6-10 candy corn pieces
  • White icing
  • Black decorators’ gel
  • Red fruit leather (like fruit by the foot)

How to make it:

  1. Frost the cupcake, then press in a cookie head and two cookie wings
  2. Press in a row or two of candy corn tail feathers.
  3. To make an eye, add a small dot of white icing to the head, then add a dot of black decorators’ gel for a pupil
  4. For a beak, cut the white tip from a piece of candy corn and press it in place.
  5. To make the wattle, cut a 1-inch square of fruit leather. Roll it into a tube and stick it in place over the beak.

Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats

pilgrim hats

What you’ll need:

  • 24 chocolate-striped shortbread cookies
  • 12-ounce package of chocolate chips
  • 24 marshmallows
  • Tube of yellow decorator’s frosting

How to make it:

  1. Set the chocolate-striped cookies stripes down on a wax-paper-covered tray, spacing them well apart.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave or double boiler.
  3. One at a time, stick a wooden toothpick into a marshmallow, dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate, and promptly center it atop a cookie.
  4. Using a second toothpick to lightly hold down the marshmallow, carefully pull out the first toothpick.
  5. Chill the hats until the chocolate sets, then pipe a yellow decorators’ frosting buckle on the front of each hat.

Tepee Treats

tepee treats

What you’ll need:

  • Sugar cones
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cake-decorating icing
  • Decorative candies
  • Tooth picks

How to make it:

  1. In a mixing bowl with an electric beater set at low speed, mix 2 cups of sifted confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup of softened, unsalted butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth and spreadable. Stir in a bit of milk, if needed.
  2. Use the icing to lightly frost eight ice cream sugar cones, then place them in the freezer for a few minutes until the icing hardens.
  3. Now use tubes of cake-decorating icing to draw linear patterns and images and glue on decorative candies. For lodgepoles, insert toothpicks into the tip of each cone.

Written by Lauren Falkowski


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