Little Chefs

Fun Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make With Your Kids

Looking for some fun, easy recipes to try with your kids this Thanksgiving? Here are a few simple ideas that you and your youngsters can create and enjoy before, during and after November 23!

Betty Crocker Turkey Cookies

Prep time: 30 minutes, total time: 1 hour

Makes 9 cookies

Ingredients

1 1 pound, 1.5-ounce pouch sugar cookie mix

Miniature candy-coated milk chocolate candies such as M&M’s

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Green, red, orange and yellow sugar sprinkles

1/3 cup butter melted red or orange tube of decorating icing or gel

1 egg

¾ cup whipped white frosting

Instructions

  1. 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir cookie mix, flour, butter and egg until soft dough forms.
  2. 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough about ¼ inch thick. Cut with 3 to 3 ½ -inch round cookie cutter to make 18 rounds. Place 9 rounds 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. 3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool 2 minutes then transfer cookies from baking sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. 4. To make turkey feathers, cut each of the remaining rounds into 6 equal wedges. Place 9 wedges 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle remaining 45 wedges with colored sugars as desired. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.
  5. 5. Bake wedges 7 to 9 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool 2 minutes then transfer cookies from baking sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  6. 6. Spread frosting on round cookies. Place undecorated and decorated wedges on cookies. Add candy-coated candies for eyes and draw feet with icing.

Leftover Turkey Soup with Stuffing Dumplings

Ingredients

1 ½ cups sliced carrots

5-6 14.5-ounce cans of turkey or chicken broth

1 ½ cups sliced celery

2 cups egg noodles

1 ½ cups cubed potatoes

2 cups cooked turkey

1 medium onion, diced

Leftover stuffing shaped into 1- to 2-inch balls

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. Put carrots, celery, onion and potatoes in a large pot. Cover with broth and cook on medium heat until veggies are almost tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. 2. Add egg noodles and cook for another 10 minutes or so.
  3. 3. Add turkey and stuffing balls until heated through.
  4. 4. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Elizabeth Fern.

Orange Cranberry Sauce with Cherries

Serves 12

Ingredients

1 pound fresh cranberries

½ cup cranberry juice

2 cups sugar

Finely grated zest of 1 orange

½ cup orange juice

1 cup dried cherries

Instructions

  1. 1. Pick through the cranberries, rinse, then drain well.
  2. 2. Combine the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, cranberry juice and orange zest in a pan. Place over medium heat; boil slowly until the berries pop open, about 10 minutes.
  3. 3. Skim the foam off the surface with a metal spoon. Stir in the cherries and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate. Will last up to one month in the fridge.