Thanksgiving Treats

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Five simple-to-make Thanksgiving treats that are each 5 ingredients or less: Pilgrim hat cookies, acorn candy cookies, caranel Thanksgiving pretzels, chocolate caramel turkey legs, and turkey caramel pretzels. These cute treats can double as a fun treat and table decoration.

See our complete Thanksgiving menu here and try some other fun treats like these Nutter Butter Turkey Cookies or these turkey decorated Thanksgiving muffins.

Thanksgiving Treats

So just in case you too have a very bossy (albeit cute) toddler and the sweetest little two-month-old, OR things are just absolutely crazy and you need a quick treat, I’ve got just the last minute treat you need for this Thanksgiving. The other great thing about these little treats is that they can double as a table decoration! Scatter a few treats around the table and voila, edible table decor (AKA my favorite type of decor!)

Thanksgiving Treat #1: Pilgrim Hat Cookies

Ingredients needed:

  • 32 Miniature Reese’s cups
  • 32 Fudge-striped shortbread cookies
  • 1 cup Frosting Vanilla or Cream Cheese
  • 5-6 drops Food coloring red, orange, or yellow
  • 32 M&Ms

How to:

  1. Unwrap the Reese’s cups
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the frosting and food coloring (whatever color you’d like). Transfer frosting to a plastic bag (or piping bag fitted with a tip) and cut off the top of the bag with scissors. Pipe around the hole on the shortbread cookies. Position the unwrapped Reese’s cup on the frosting and press down so the frosting comes out forming a circle of frosting around the Reese’s cup.
  3. Pipe some frosting on the back of an M&M and secure in the center front of the Reese’s cup.
  4. Repeat with the rest of the cookies.

Thanksgiving Treat #2: Acorn Candy Cookies

Ingredients needed:

  • 25 Hershey’s Kisses
  • 1/4 cup Milk Chocolate Chips or peanut butter or chocolate frosting
  • 1/4 teaspoon Coconut Oil, optional
  • 25 Miniature Vanilla Wafer Cookies (I use Nilla Wafers)
  • 25 Miniature Chocolate Chips

How to:

  1. Unwrap the Hershey’s kisses and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl combine the milk chocolate chips and coconut oil if using. Microwave for 15 seconds, remove and stir for 15 seconds. Repeat until chocolate is melted and smooth. 
  3. Dip the Hershey’s kisses in the melted chocolate and press to the bottom of the vanilla wafer cookies. 
  4. Dip the miniature chocolate chips in the melted chocolate and press in the center of the other side of the vanilla wafer cookie.
  5. Let harden at room temperature.

Thanksgiving Treat #3: Caramel Thanksgiving Pretzels

Ingredients needed:

  • 25 twist or snap pretzels
  • 25 rolos
  • 25 M&Ms

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a tray with parchment paper and place the pretzels on the tray.
  3. Unwrap the rolos and place on top of the pretzels.
  4. Bake for 2-3 minutes or until the rolos are soft but not melted
  5. Press the M&Ms into the center of the rolos RIGHT out of the oven.

Thanksgiving Treat #4: Chocolate Caramel Turkey Legs

Ingredients needed:

  • 20 pretzel sticks
  • 20 soft caramels (I use Werther’s soft caramels)
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

How to:

  • Unwrap the caramels and warm with your hands.
  • Gently shape the caramel around the lower half of each pretzel to resemble a turkey leg.

Thanksgiving Treat #5: Turkey Caramel Pretzels

Ingredients needed:

  • 20 Pretzels
  • 2o Rolos
  • 1 bag Candy Corns

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Lay out the pretzels in an even layer on the tray.
  3. Place a rolo in the bottom third of each of the pretzels.
  4. Bake for 3-4 minutes or until the rolos are soft enough to press down.
  5. Press in three candy corns for feathers at the top of the rolo.

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Thanksgiving "Turkey" Caramel Pretzels

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Thanksgiving "Turkey" Caramel Pretzels

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 20 turkey pretzels
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 20 pretzels
  • 20 chocolate caramel candies I use Rolos
  • 40 edible eyes*
  • 1 bag miniature M&Ms baking bits
  • 1 bag candy corns

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Lay out the pretzels in an even layer on the tray.
  • Place a rolo in the bottom third of each of the pretzels.
  • Bake for 3-4 minutes or until the rolos are soft enough to press down.
  • Press in three candy corns for feathers at the top of the rolo. In the center, press in 2 edible eyes.
  • Attach an orange mini M&M "beak" and a red mini M&M next to the beak.
  • Enjoy the same day (these are best fresh and not great by the next day. I'd say the furthest they could be made in advance in about 4 hours.)

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Recipe Notes

*I find the edible eyes in a craft store in the baking aisle OR in the grocery store in a cake decorating/baking aisle near sprinkles and other cake decorations.

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