Thanksgiving Recipes (kid friendly)

School is out of session this week, and if you are anything like me you are looking for fun things to do with the kiddos. Or maybe you are getting together with family and want something fun to try with the grandkids or nieces and nephews. Here are some of my favorite kid-friendly recipes from years past.

Be sure to also check out our family famous pumpkin bread recipe!
2015 New to traditional Traurig Fall Family Recipes are Tamales! That is right! This gringa has learned to make Tamales. 🙂 (Thanks Jeanny!) They are absolutely delicious and fun to make with the kids. Check back soon for a recipe (maybe a video too) 🙂

Hand print Sugar Cookies:

(From scratch or just buy a bag of like Betty Crocker)

From Scratch Recipe

  • –       2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • –       1 teaspoon baking soda
  • –       1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • –       1 cup butter, softened
  • –       1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • –       1 egg
  • –       1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Mix together the sugar cookie dough.
    • For “from scratch cookies”:
      • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together dry ingredients and aside.
      • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
    • Roll out flat onto a flat surface.
    • Have child make a hand print on the dough.
    • Trace out hand print with a tooth pick or have the children remove their hand from the dough after making the print and cut out with a pastry cutter.
    • Bake according to the directions on the package OR here are the baking instructions if making from scratch:
      • Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire rack.

 This is where the fun begins! As you decorate…

  1. decorate your hand print to look like a Turkey
  2. decorate your hand print however you want!

However you choose to decorate your cookies be sure to talk about it! What are 5 things you are thankful for? What are 5 things you can thank God for? (Name one reason for each finger.)

For the itty bitties talk about how special their hand prints are. No one has a hand print like theirs! God made them special and God only make one of them! Thank you God for making me.

Sweet Butter (from Kraft)

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Pumpkin Muffin Turkeys
(I included some slightly healthier substitutes that we used)

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can of pumpkin (I pureed our Halloween pumpkin and used 2 cups of that)-  I have the DIY on pumpkin puree on the site:
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups of vegetable oil (I substituted coconut oil)
  • 3 cups flour (I used 2 1/2 cups of flour and 1/2 to 3/4 cups wheat germ)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
– preheat oven to 400 F
– beat together first 5 ingredients
– mix dry ingredients into your pumpkin mixture
– add chocolate chips
– fill greased muffin cups 3/4 cups
– Bake for 16-20 minutes
Allow muffins to cool and then enjoy turning these delicious muffins into turkeys.
— My 3 year old REALLY had fun eating the muffin and saying it was a turkey. It is all about making memories… not perfection. 🙂 I will forever remember my 3 year old talking about eating the Turkey’s “feathers” and “bottom”. To see some fun pictures of my kiddos making these adorable turkey muffins visit

Veggie Cup Turkeysturkeyoutline

Looking for a fun veggie snack for Thanksgiving?

  •  clear plastic cups
  • fun turkey heads (print out or make with construction paper)
  • veggie dip or hummus
  • colorful bell peppers
    • Decorate the turkey outlines.
    • Tape onto the outside of the small clear cups
    • fill the cup with your favorite veggie dip or hummus.
    • slice various colored bell peppers into strips and place in the cups
    • Enjoy snacking on or as a fun family appetizer for Thanksgiving.

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