As soon as September rolls around, I get out my fall decor. I love all the orange, yellow, gold, and the richness of fall colors. After Halloween, I’m sort of burnt out sometimes, but a week or two goes by and I’m ready for some fun Thanksgiving crafting. Because Thanksgiving is a holiday that usually involves a large meal with many people, certain jobs are delegated. I always love to cook, but this year I wanted to be in charge of some fun, kid-friendly (and edible) table decorations. I narrowed it down to three treats and gave them a test run.
I made a rice crispy treat turkey, sugar cone cornucopias, and acorn kisses, and all together took one afternoon to make from start to finish.
The nice thing about these treats is that you can make them a few days in advance, and they’re ready to go for the big day. I also had the help of my four-year old, so it’s a fun thing to do with kids. Here’s how we did it.
Rice Crispy Turkeys
Supplies: Rice Crispies cereal, marshmallows, butter, chocolate, candy corn, white frosting.
I found the recipe for these cute little guys on the rice crispy website, and they had sticks in them for a more rice crispy-pop treat. I omitted the sticks and used frosting for the eyes instead of the suggested white candies. Start by making your regular rice crispy treat recipe. Use non-stick spray or butter on your hands and roll them into ping-pong to golf-ball sized balls.
Lick spoon if desired.
I stuck them in the freezer for a bit so the chocolate would set faster. About 10 minutes. Dip half of the prepared balls in melted chocolate, and while the chocolate is still soft, add candy corn for feathers and a beak. You really need to push the candy corn in for the feathers, and I cut off the end of the candy corn to make the beak a little shorter. Put the turkeys back in the freezer for a few minutes to set the chocolate, then pipe little frosting eyes.
Next, acorn kisses
Supplies: Nutter Butter cookies, Kisses chocolate candies, mini chocolate chips
While you have you chocolate melted for the turkeys, use it for this simple treat. Unwrap your chocolate kisses, put a dab of the melted chocolate on the peanut butter sandwich cookie, and press together. Don’t put too much chocolate or it will squish out and make a mess.
Dip one mini chocolate chip in melted chocolate and press it onto the top of the cookie. Cute little acorns!
Last, the Sugar Corn Cornucopias
Supplies: Sugar cones, hot water, wooden spoon or pencil, candy filling
Take one sugar cone and dip the end in hot water for about 20 seconds. I put some water on the inside as well. Then, pop the soaked cone into the microwave for 20-30 seconds, making the end soft and pliable.
Roll the soft end around a clean pencil or wooden spoon, and hold to set.
Fill with candy! You can also put some cellophane around the end and tie a ribbon to give to guests a “to-go” treat.
These quick treats are perfect to put on plates or set around the table, and they make a nice little snack to munch before your pie.
Cheers to a great Thanksgiving!