5 Simple Thanksgiving Recipes for Kids

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays because it's all about three of our favorite things: Food, family, and friends! Whether you're hosting the whole clan, or planning a small dinner with your family, having a few activities planned to keep the kids occupied while you cook can be a huge help. After all, your kids may love to help with the cooking, but getting Thanksgiving dinner out on time can be stressful enough without too many tiny cooks in the kitchen! To help keep your junior sous-chefs busy, we've put together a list of tasty thanksgiving recipes that are simple enough for kids to handle, fun enough to hold their attention, and tasty enough that they'll be sure to come back for seconds!

  • Visual aid of how to complete No-Bake Turkey Brownies by Mom Inspired Life

    Here's a fun, simple activity to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving while you're cooking like crazy. Buy bite-size brownies, or make your own the night before using your favorite brownie recipe, then set up a decorating station with candy corn, chocolate frosting, and candy eyes. The kids are sure to have a great time transforming the brownies into delicious, bite-size turkey treats!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Hand Turkey Sugar Cookies by Food Network

    Why draw a hand turkey when you can bake one? Have your kids trace their hands to create a personalized handprint cookie cutter, whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough (or follow this recipe from Ree Drummond at the Food Network), shape and bake the cookies, then decorate with chocolate frosting, candy corn, sprinkles, or any other toppings you might like!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Bacon Wrapped Dates by Ree Drummond

    These Bacon Wrapped Dates from Ree Drummond at the Food Network make a great Thanksgiving appetizer, and are so easy to prep that you can ask your kids to help! All you need are three ingredients. Pitted dates, almonds, and bacon! Your kids can help by stuffing the dates with almonds and wrapping the dates in bacon. Heat the oven to 425 degrees and in 18 minutes you'll have a crowd pleasing sweet and savory appetizer ready to go!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pumpkin Rolls by Southern Living

    These delicious pumpkin-shaped rolls from Southern Living are a perfect addition to your thanksgiving dinner table. The recipe's simple, and using string to shape the dough into pumpkins can be a fun activity for any kids looking to help out in the kitchen!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Nutter Butter Turkey Cookies by I Heart Naptime

    These Nutter Butter Turkey Cookies are a fun, tasty treat for kids of any age. There's no baking required and they only take minutes to assemble. Find a spot to set up a cookie decoration station, and let the kids take it from there!


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