Naturally, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, but some of the best holiday treats are served without gravy.

These kid-friendly recipes are easy to make and delicious to eat. Serve up some fun this Thanksgiving.

1. Veggie and Cheese Gobbler

Gather the essentials:

  • Cubes of cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green, red, and yellow bell peppers
  • 1 whole melon
  • 1 pear
  • 2 raisins
  • Wooden skewers
  • 4 toothpicks

Place the melon on a serving platter. This is the turkey’s body. Spear the pear with a skewer and attach it to the melon as the turkey’s head. 

Make the turkey’s feathers by placing the vegetables and cheese on the skewers. Kids can learn patterns as they alternate one cube of cheese and one cherry tomato. Weave long pieces of pepper onto the skewers. Poke the skewers into the melon. Let your child determine how the “feathers” will be arranged.

Cut two semi-circles from a red pepper. Cut two triangles from one side of each semi-circle to make a three-toed turkey foot. Place the feet on the platter beside the melon.

Cut a triangle out of cheese and attach it with a toothpick to the pear as the beak. Add a piece of red pepper as the turkey’s wattle by the beak. Spear two raisins and add them as eyes. And there you go!

2. Turkey Fruit Plate

Gather the essentials:

  • 1 pear
  • Assorted fruits (strawberries, grapes, bananas, etc.)
  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 2 raisins
  • Pretzels

Cut the pear in half lengthwise. Place it skin-side up in the center of a large serving platter. Cut cheese triangles for the beak and feet. Place the beak on the pear and the feet at the bottom of the fruit. Two raisins, affixed by toothpicks, can be eyes.

Sprinkle pretzels along the bottom of the platter to serve as the ground (and extra snack food!).

Arrange the fruit in semi-circles around the pear for the feathers. To create the most economical treat, use the more expensive (out of season) fruits for the closest, smallest rows.

3. Sugar Cookie Goodness

Gather the essentials:

  • Your favorite sugar cookie recipe
  • 1 heart cookie cutter
  • 1 circle cookie cutter
  • Frosting, various colors
  • Candy Corn
  • M&Ms

Prepare the sugar cookie dough according to the recipe. For each turkey, cut one circle and three hearts. Bake the cookies as directed.

When the cookies cool, frost each piece of the turkey. Use brown frosting for the circle cookie. Frost each half of the heart cookies a different color (for example, red on one half, green on the other). These will be the feathers. Place three frosted heart cookies side-by-side, forming a semi-circle, with the points meeting in the center. Before the frosting sets, gently affix the circle cookie on top of the hearts.

Add a piece of candy corn for the beak. Add two M&Ms as the eyes.

4. Sweet Turkeys

Gather the essentials:

  • Candy Corn
  • Oreos
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (or Rolos for non-peanut lovers)
  • Whopper’s Milk Chocolate Malted Milk Balls
  • M&Ms
  • Frosting

The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (or Rolo) will be the turkey’s body. The Oreo will be the feathers. The Malted Milk Ball will be the turkey’s head.

Place a dab of frosting on the turkey’s body and attach it to the feathers. Place two dabs of frosting on the head and attach it to the body and feathers.

Run frosting along the top of the Oreo and insert five or six pieces of Candy Corn (point down) for extra feather excitement.

Cut several pieces of Candy Corn along the color seams. Use orange pieces for the beak, yellow pieces for the feet, and white pieces for the eyes.

5. Krispie Krunchy Turkeys

Gather the essentials:

  • Your favorite Rice Krispies bar recipe
  • Chocolate almond bark
  • Candy Corn
  • White sugar balls

Prepare the Rice Krispies bars according to the recipe. Rather than pour the mixture into a pan, form balls (approximately the size of your youngster’s fist). Let the Rice Krispies balls cool and harden.

Melt the chocolate almond bark. Dip the top half of the Rice Krispies ball into the chocolate. Before the chocolate hardens, poke three or four pieces of candy corn (point-end down) along the top as feathers. Quickly add one piece of Candy Corn poking outwards as the beak. Add two white sugar balls as eyes.

Give these kid-friendly recipes a try. Then, come back and tell us which turkey treat was your favorite!

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