To be clear, Thanksgiving in itself is a treat to me.
But I just wanted to share some more unique treats.
We all love apple pie… and pumpkin pie… and pecan pie, all the traditional fare, but I like to mix it up once in awhile.
I started making these little candy turkeys with Master M when he was a little guy; he’s so proud he’s busting at the seams (he’s 13 now mind you).
Then Miss M took over & here she is making them with grandma, who is no longer w/ us & we miss her dearly, especially around this time of year.
We haven’t done them in a few years now, but I still find them adorable.
Oreo cookies, whopper chocolates, candy corn candies, butterscotch or peanut butter chips all held together w/ chocolate frosting.
We would gift them to friends and neighbors; I would use them at place settings; the kids enjoyed them w/ dessert.
Super fun & super easy.
This year I made little acorns instead.
They are a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e.
I saw them in a facebook food group I’m a part of & I knew right away I wanted to make them.
Miss M and her girlfriend helped me make them & it was super, duper easy.
And, yes, they are a bit messier than I would of have liked but the girls had fun & that makes me happy.
Mini Nilla wafers, Hershey’s kisses & butterscotch | chocolate chips again held together w/ chocolate frosting.
Trying to figure out how to include them in my dessert table.
Speaking of the dessert table…I’m a traditionalist at heart.
I don’t really want to mess with my Thanksgiving menu too much.
I tweak things here & there every year, depending on the food trends but staying true to conventions.
BUT invariably we have pies left over year after year that I end up discarding ‘cuz it’s just not our thing.
SO two years ago I made pumpkin pie parfaits instead of a big pie.
Everyone got their own portion and it was all gone by the end of the night.
Layer your pumpkin filling recipe then ginger snap crumble then whipped cream & repeat. top with a piece of ginger snap.
No left overs & looks so pretty.
Last year I switched it to a pumpkin pie bread pudding, but I think I liked the parfait better AND a caramel apple bar instead of apple pie.
I did a whole post on the caramel apple bar that you can read about here.
Have you finalized your Thanksgiving menu yet?
I’m almost there & working on my tablescape as well.