Summer has come to an end and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Spending days in the kitchen preparing for the all-day feast is a lot of work, and can be a chore. However, if you enlist the help of your kids by making quick, easy snacks for them and the guests to enjoy can make the time pass more quickly.
Here are some tasty Thanksgiving treats that are easy and quick to make, and your kids will love helping.
No Bake Treats
Getting your kids in the kitchen to help make tasty Thanksgiving treats is a great way to keep them occupied, teach them some cooking skills, and get quality time in. While many dessert items are complicated and require baking, these simple treats are simple and perfect for little chefs.
This no-bake treat takes only about five minutes to make and your kids will love the cute edible turkeys they make.
To make these you’ll need wax paper, pretzel crisps, white chocolate, red food gel, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and candy corn.
Put the pretzels on to a piece of waxed paper then melt the chocolate chips in a microwave for about 30 seconds or until soft. Pour a small amount of chocolate into a plastic bag and cut off one of the bag’s corners. Take the rest of the chocolate and mix it with the gel until it comes out red. Once that’s done, take that mixture and put it into a plastic bag and cut off one of the corners.
Next, squeeze out some melted white chocolate into the pretzel’s two upper cavities. Once filled, put a chocolate chip in the holes to make the turkey’s eyes. Now take a piece of candy corn and press it into the the chocolate to make the beak. Lastly, squeeze out a bit of the red gel chocolate mixture to make the turkey’s wattle. Let these pretzel turkeys sit for about five minutes and enjoy them with a nice, warm cup of coffee and maybe hot chocolate for the kids!
These chocolate acorns are cute, tasty, and a breeze to make. What you’ll need are a box of mini Nilla wafers, Hershey’s Kisses, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
To make these tasty acorns, put some parchment onto a baking sheet. Then, melt the semisweet chocolate chips in a microwave and stir until they’re smooth. Pour the melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag and snip off one of the corners. Drip a little bit of chocolate onto the flat part of the Nilla cookie as “glue” and quickly attach a Kiss on the top. Set this aside on the baking sheet.
Repeat this process to make as many cookies as you desire, then put them into the freezer for about five minutes to allow the “glue” to set properly.
Once finished, take them out of the freezer and pour a tiny amount of melted chocolate onto the chocolate chip and stick it on the top of the cookie to make the stem. Once finished doing this to all the cookies, place them back into the freezer for another five minutes, after which they’re ready to eat. Cuddle up on the couch and enjoy them with an assortment of hot drinks for the cozy weather!
These would also be the perfect late night snacks (after the kids are in bed) paired with a mixed drink
Don’t be fooled into thinking that making a baked dessert treat has to be difficult or time consuming. Here are a few ideas that you and your kids can whip up quickly that will be a hit once dessert time rolls around.
Pumpkin Spice S’mores
Whether it’s at camp, or during a family backyard picnic, practically everyone has enjoyed s’mores at least once in their lives. Kids love them because they’re sweet and gooey, and because they’re fun to make.
These pumpkin spice s’mores are just as tasty and gooey, and easy to make to boot.
To make these you’ll need 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal, 4 cups of miniature marshmallows, 3/4 cups of sugar, 3/4 cups Karo syrup, 1 cup almond butter, 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 12 oz. white chocolate chips, 5 tbsp. heavy whipping cream, and 2 tbsp. Karo syrup.
Get a baking pan and spray it with a non-stick cooking spray. Take the Rice Krispies and marshmallows and mix them together in a big bowl. Then mix together the sugar and 3/4 cup of syrup in a saucepan and place on the stove on medium. Bring to a boil and stir for a minute. Take it off the stove and add in the almond butter and pumpkin spice, then stir until the mix becomes smooth. Pour over the cereal mix and stir to ensure coverage. Press the mix into the pan.
Next, combine the white chocolate chips, cream and tbsp. of syrup into a microwave safe bowl and cook in the microwave on high for about 10-15 second increments. Stir frequently until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Once smooth, spread this over the the top of the cereal mix you’ve just put in the pan, and then top with the marshmallows.
Set your pan in the oven or broiler and make sure the pan sits 4 inches from the heat. Preheat the broiler and broil the bars until the marshmallows get lightly brown. Let the bars cool and then cut and serve.
Rice Krispie Pumpkins
These cute pumpkin balls made from Rice Krispies are sweet, tasty, and easy to make.
You’ll need 3 tbsp. melted margarine, 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal, 10 oz. mini marshmallows, green Mike & Ike Candy, and orange food coloring.
Get your margarine melted in the microwave then add your marshmallows. Put the mix back into the microwave and heat until it’s puffy. Add in a dash of food coloring to make it orange to your liking. Now stir in the cereal and mix thoroughly. Coat your hands lightly with grease or non stick cooking spray and mold the mixture into balls. Place the balls on to a pan lined with wax paper and place a piece of the candy into the center to make the stem of the pumpkin.