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20 Thanksgiving Desserts and Treats for Families

Published on: November 17, 2011

Turkey cookiesSweet Turkey Treats

We love these sweet little turkey sugar cookies featured on Bake at 350 -- and we're sure your little one will feel the same as they're gobbling them up on Thanksgiving!

To make these vibrant turkey cuties, Mama Bridget simply used a flower cookie cutter for the plume, a circle cookie cutter for the face, and a triangle for the feet. To finish the job, she added festive food coloring to royal icing and decked out her little holiday birds. Check out the full post for more details and a link to a step-by-step video on creating these sweet little guys!

Pumpkin donutsDelightful Holiday Donuts

Got a house-full of donut lovers? Treat them to some homemade, baked pumpkin ice cream glazed donuts this Thanksgiving, like these ones featured on Picky Palate. And, yes -- you heard right... Ice cream.. Pumpkin... Donuts!

Homemade donuts may have always seemed unachievable without a deep fryer, but Mama Jenny shows you just how easy these delicious baked treats can be -- and how ice cream can be used for a "bouncy texture" with a "vanilla kick." (Downright heavenly, we know!) Check out the full post for an excellent walk-through and recipe.

Pumpkin ice creamCool Thanksgiving Dessert

But if it is ice cream that you happen to be hoping for this holiday season, don't miss out on Brown Eyed Baker's recipe for this delicious homemade pumpkin ice cream!

To make this cool holiday dessert,  the bulk of the work required is only a matter of mixing, heating, and chilling your ingredients. And if you don't have an ice cream maker? No worries -- Michelle's also got a recipe for that too!

Mini apple piesApple Pie Minis

If you're yet to have checked out Smitten Kitchen, you're sure to have a new favorite food blog bookmarked after reading about Mama Deb's teeny tiny apple pie cookies.

Affectionately referred to as "tookie pies" by her pint-sized sous-chef, Deb almost didn't share these American classic minis as she thought that they would be "too much work" and too "overly precious" for readers. But after taking her first bite, she realized that she had to share the recipe because "fall would have been slightly less awesome this year without it." One warning about these adorable treats -- Deb relays that these are best for crust lovers, rather than sweet-seekers, as the "crust-to-filling ratio is off the charts." Check out the post for the full recipe -- these are sure to become an instant favorite at the dinner table!

Mini pumpkin piesPint-Sized Pumpkin Pies

And while we're on the topic of tiny, must-have Thanksgiving treats, we also can't get enough of these pumpkin pie bites featured on Bakerella!

Perfect as appetizers or dessert poppers, these mini pumpkin pies are ridiculously adorable -- and Bakerella adds that they are extremely easy to make! By using store-bought pie crust, she says that she was able to get about 24 mini pies out of the batch. Check out the full post for the recipe and additional decorating ideas. (Bakerella also shows you how to transform these cute sweets into mini jack-o-lanterns for Halloween!).

Candy turkeyLovely Little Gobblers

Mama Ashley of 7th House on the Left shares these cute turkey cookies that have become a favorite holiday tradition in her home.

Simply made using chocolate wafers, peanut butter cups, M&Ms, jelly beans, candy corn, and the ever-popular Nutter Butters, Ashley says that each year, "[they] unwrap all of the ingredients, put in a good Christmas movie and start the assembly line." Love it! Check out the rest of the post for a full tutorial and tips for finding the perfect icing.

Pumpkin pie popsPumpkin Pops for All

And for more in pumpkin pie play, we absolutely love these pumpkin pie pop cuties featured on Seattle's own CakeSpy!

Much like Smitten Kitchen's apple pie cookies, CakeSpy darling Jessie admits that these pops are also a great pick for the family crust lovers since they, too, have a high crust-to-filling ratio. However, Jessie includes that this is all the more reason to sweeten up the filling a little bit, creating a darn delicious dessert for all! But really, who could resist eating a pumpkin pie on a stick? Follow the link for more details and the full recipe.

Acorn cookiesAmazing Autumn Acorns

If you're looking for a quick and easy dessert idea that your kids can make, don't miss out on these cute acorn cookies offered up Mama Rachel on Poppytalk!

And when we say easy, we mean that these sweet little acorn look-a-likes are incredibly simple -- all you'll need to get started is Hershey's Kisses, mini Nilla wafer cookies, butterscotch chips, and some peanut butter to glue it all together!

Pumpkin truffles Pretty Little Pumpkins

To feed her Oreo truffle autumn cravings, Mama Shelly of Cookies & Cups shows off these adorable truffles disguised as mini pumpkins -- and it doesn't get much sweeter than this!

To make these cute little gourds, Shelly formed her crushed Oreos and cream cheese truffle balls, and then simply dipped them into orange melting disks after they had frozen for the required 20 minutes. Shelly notes that she gets asked quite a bit about how she makes the outside of the pumpkins so smooth. Her "very scientific,very culinary answers": a healthy dollop of Crisco and lots of tapping it all out. Check out the rest of her post for great photos and the full recipe!

Pecan pie in a jarPumpkin Pecan Perfect

Much like desserts on a stick, desserts and sweets in a jar have been all the rage in the past couple years -- and it's easy to see why!

Glorious Treats includes these gorgeous pumpkin pecan dessert jars, and we absolutely love this idea. It's unique, and overall, a perfect take-home treat for the guests that are too stuffed from the big family feast (which is usually us). Mama Glory says that this dessert has replaced their past pumpkin pie tradition, and that her "non-pumpkin-pie-eating husband even loves it!"

Oreo turkeysTurkey Sugar High

These little gobbler treats featured on Our Best Bites are sure to be a hit at your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner if you've got a gaggle of little ones running around. Plus, your tots can set up shop and make these all on their own, while you perfect Grandma's gravy -- a win-win for all.

Easily made using Oreos, peanut butter cups, Whoppers, and candy corn, these sweet little birds are simply held together with an assortment of colorful frosting. Also included in this post -- how to make some equally darling pilgrim hats.

Salted caramel cheesecake Salted Caramel Holiday Cravings

Since the holidays are all about indulging, why not consider whipping up a salted caramel cheesecake pie, like this one included on Joy the Baker?

Featuring a gingersnap golden crust, Joy walks you through just how easy it is to make this trending delicious pie, with some darn good photography to boot. As for making the actual caramel (which, we'll admit -- sounds a little scary), Joy says, "All you need is the courage enough to boil sugar and water until it browns.  If you have the balls to do that… You’re on the sweet sweet road to caramel." Sounds simple enough, right?! Don't miss out on the full recipe and the fantastic photography included!

Thanksgiving whoopie piesWhoopin' It Up, Thanksgiving-Style

There is definitely a reason why whoopie pies are making a major comeback... And these pumpkin whoopies pies featured on Thin Crust, Deep Dish are just too good not to share!

These particular whoopie pies are made with a cream cheese filling, and Kylie promises that they're not only a must for Thanksgiving, but that they'll keep well on parchment paper in the fridge for up to three days. We think it's pretty safe to say that you can never go wrong with dessert leftovers!

Cookie cornucopia Cookie Cornucopia

Perfect for a Thanksgiving kids' table dessert idea, we can't get enough of this cookie cornucopia featured on The Decorated Cookie!

To make your own cool cornucopia, start by baking some sugar cookies (Meghan shares her go-to recipe if wanted), and picking up some ice cream cones. Once your cookies are finished baking and cooling, simply begin decking them out with favorite fruit colors, using royal icing and food coloring. Check out Meghan's post for recipes, and great tips and tricks -- this is one fun treat idea that's sure to be a hit with your little ones!

Thanksgiving trifles Thanksgiving trifles

Bakers Royale's Naomi recently put out a call on Facebook asking if readers would rather see fancy desserts that require extra time in the kitchen, or easy desserts with elegance. Unsurprisingly, easy elegance won by a landslide, and Naomi was quick to offer up these gorgeous, yet simple caramel apple trifles.

Made with layers of caramel mousse, caramel sauce, and apple crumble containing fresh apple bits, granola, and apple chips, Naomi promises that this is one dessert that is no-fuss fabulous, yet that's sure to be an attention grabber. And for the first-time trifle-makers out there, Naomi warns: if you must take a store-bought shortcut with the caramel sauce, stay away from Hershey's. She recommends the Marzetti's Caramel Apple Dipping Sauce typically found near the apples in the produce section.

Thanksgiving sugar cookiesSweet Thanksgiving Indians

Another great decorative treat idea, these Indian Thanksgiving sugar cookies offered up on The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle were just too cute not to share!

And though these cookies may look challenging with all of their spot-on detail, we promise you're in for a nice surprise -- once you check out the full tutorial, you'll totally be shocked by just how easy they are. Sugarbelle also reveals that she simply used a bunny-shaped cookie cutter to get the cookies' neat shapes with room for the headdresses. Don't miss out on the great photography included in this post, and here's to making some super cool Thanksgiving-themed sweets!

Pumpkin pie white hot chocolateDreaming of a White Thanksgiving

We first saw this pumpkin pie white hot chocolate recipe from Closet Cooking being repinned like crazy on Pinterest -- and it's easy to see why!

A perfect idea for jazzing up the season's cold weather with some warm white chocolate-y goodness, this delicious cocoa recipe is easily made with pumpkin puree, milk, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanilla, and melted white chocolate bits. Simply heat up your ingredients, melt in the white chocolate, top your drinks with whip cream, and you're all set for some warm and festive holiday drinks. And for those of you who prefer to go cold -- check out the rest of this post for info on making pumpkin pie milkshakes. (Yum!)

Pumpkin rolo cookiesHoliday Cookie Cravings

We love these pumpkin toffee chip and Rolo chunk cookies featured on Picky Palate -- they're absolutely genius! Mama Jenny admits that there's nothing quite better than the smell of pumpkin and chocolate baking in the oven, and we couldn't agree more.

To make your own soft and gooey sweet cookies, you'll only need to have some yellow cake mix, canned pumpkin, mini chocolate chips, toffee chips, and some chopped Rolo candies ready to go. Simply mix all five ingredients together, throw 'em in the oven, and you're on your way to having some pretty darn tasty (and easy) Thanksgiving dinner treats.

Pumpkin cheesecakeSeasonal cheesecake love

We are total suckers for cheesecake, so it's hard to imagine a better fit for Thanksgiving dessert than this pumpkin cheesecake featured on Sugarcrafter.

If you, too, are looking to put a new spin on this year's pumpkin dessert, Sugarcrafter's Tracy says this recipe is a great pick. Made with a graham cracker crust, pumpkin puree, and the usual cheesecake ingredients (such as cream cheese), Tracy says that she loves this recipe most for its great balance between maintaining its cheesecake taste, all while offering up a bounty of pumpkin and spice fall flavors. Check out the post for the full scoop -- and don't forget to add your caramel drizzle on top!

Turkey popsPop Goes the Turkey

If there's one treat that your tots will surely go ga-ga for this Thanksgiving, we'd put our money on these baby cake festive turkey pops featured on Bakerella.

Decked out using caramel candy corn, pretzels, espresso beans, candy chips, and sprinkles, these little gobblers are sure to be an instant hit with your pint-sized Thanksgiving guests. And to make sure that you don't end up with dry turkey on this year's dessert menu, check out Bakerella's full post to get her recipe and directions for making super moist cake pops.

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