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12 Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

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Many of you struggle every year to find the best dessert recipes for Thanksgiving.

Considering this we selected a list of 12 easy and quick dessert ideas for Thanksgiving so you never have to worry or get stressed with it.

You’ll rock this Thanksgiving no matter if you get family and friends guests at home or if you are someones’ invitation for the holiday.

These quick and easy ideas to prepare a fantastic Thanksgiving dessert that people can never forget will make them want you near every single holiday.

With the everyday stress from work and taking care of family and house, there is not much time left to think about ideas for Thanksgiving desserts and even less to prepare them.

Besides, we all know that there is no Thanksgiving without some of the most well-known fall pies like a delicious sweet potato pie or the inevitable pumpkin apple pie

There is to say, we care about you and your time, and that’s why you can find here the top 12 easy and quick recipes for Thanksgiving desserts

Moreover with a vegan Thanksgiving dessert option to cover any taste or diet and to make everyone happy.

Directions

  • Select your favorite recipe or recipes
  • Organize all the required ingredients
  • Prepare a Thanksgiving treat in 30 minutes or less!

1. Freezer Pumpkin Pie

1. Freezer Pumpkin Pie | Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas: 12 Quick and Easy Recipes | dessert idea for thanksgiving | dessert for thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving frozen dessert is absolutely delicious! Many people liked it better than regular pumpkin pie, so it probably deserves your chance. Besides, we shared here the most healthy option of the Freezer Pumpkin Pie: instead of regular vanilla ice cream, use fat-free vanilla frozen yoghurt. Sounds like a cool tip. Try it and share how it turns out. 

Additionally, the gingersnaps and pecans form the delicious baked crust for the pumpkin and ice cream filling. 

PREPARATION TIME: 15 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 5 minutes freezing bake

TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 8-10

Ingredients

For the Crust

1 cup ground pecans

1/2 cup finely crushed gingersnaps

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

Filling:

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1-quart vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

Whipped cream (optional)

Cooking directions

  1. In a bowl, combine the pecans, gingersnaps, sugar, and butter; mix well. Press into a 9-in. pie plate; bake at 450° for 5 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. In a bowl, beat the first 6 filling ingredients. Stir in ice cream and mix until well blended. Spoon into crust. Freeze until firm, at least 2-3 hours. Store in the freezer. If desired, top with whipped cream and additional crushed gingersnaps.

Adapted recipe from Eating Well.

2. Classic Apple Cranberry Crisp

2. Classic Apple Cranberry Crisp | Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas: 12 Quick and Easy Recipes | dessert idea for thanksgiving | dessert for thanksgiving

This is a praise-winning Thanksgiving recipe that everyone wants to cook and give to their clan. And it gets even better when it cools down. So probably you should serve it cold instead of reheating it before serving. You’ll make anyone’s mouth water with this super tasty Thanksgiving dessert.

PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 25 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

2 pounds Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (3-5 apples)

¾ cup cranberries

¼ cup white sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon quick-cooking oats

¼ cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

½ cup packed light brown sugar

¼ cup butter, cut into pieces

½ cup chopped pecans

Cooking directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) Butter an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together apples, cranberries, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Place evenly into a baking dish.
  3. In the same bowl, combine oats, flour, and brown sugar. With a fork, mix in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over apples.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown, and the apples are tender.

Adapted recipe from All recipes.

3. Pumpkin Mousse Icebox Cake

3. Pumpkin Mousse Icebox Cake | Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas: 12 Quick and Easy Recipes | dessert idea for thanksgiving | dessert for thanksgiving

Another hit for the family. They will want you to prepare all the Thanksgiving desserts from now on after trying this absolutely delicious and innovative Thanksgiving treat.

And the cherry on top of the cake for you: it’s an incredibly easy Thanksgiving dessert recipe! No-bake cake made with silky, sweet pumpkin mousse nestled between layers of graham crackers & vanilla whipped cream.

PREPARATION TIME: 30 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 8 HOURS

SERVINGS: 10-12

Ingredients

For the pumpkin mousse:

1 1/2 cups pure pumpkin puree

4-ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

pinch ground nutmeg

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 cup cold heavy cream

For the vanilla whipped cream:

1 cup chilled heavy cream

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon sugar

For the cake:

2 to 3 sleeves graham crackers, whole

chocolate shavings

chopped pecans

Cooking directions

  1. In a food processor, combine pumpkin puree, cream cheese, light brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg; process until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  2. With the machine running, add maple syrup, and continue to process until combined. Set aside.
  3. In your mixer’s bowl, beat 1 cup heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the previously prepared pumpkin mixture into whipped cream.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to use, or at least 30 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare the Whipped Cream.

  1. In your mixer’s bowl combine heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar.
  2. Beat mixture until stiff peaks form.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Assemble

  1. Spread a little whipped cream on the bottom of a long and narrow plate or in a 9×13 pan.
  2. Place one single layer of 4 whole graham crackers over whipped cream.
  3. Spread 1/3 of the vanilla whipped cream over graham crackers.
  4. Spread 1/3 of the pumpkin mousse over whipped cream.
  5. Place a single layer of 4 whole graham crackers over pumpkin mousse.
  6. Continue to layer until you’ve used up all ingredients, ending with whipped cream to cover the entire cake.
  7. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  8. Top with chocolate shavings and chopped pecans.
  9. Cut and Serve.

Adapted recipe from The diet Hood.

4. Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle

4. Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle | Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas: 12 Quick and Easy Recipes | dessert idea for thanksgiving | dessert for thanksgiving

Clearly one of the best dessert recipes for Thanksgiving. Super simple. Super Tasty. Super beautiful. And for that, it’s a Thanksgiving recipe idea worth sharing with you. Try it and check your clan reactions. This is a totally must-try for those who have a fall for apple desserts.

PREPARATION TIME: 35 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 8-12

Ingredients

For the Apple Layer:

4 apples, finely chopped

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the cinnamon whipped cream:

2 cups heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

2/3 cup powdered sugar

Cinnamon

For the cheesecake layer:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup whipped cream

For the assembly of trifle:

Biscoff cookies (or Nilla Wafers/Graham Crackers), crushed

Good-quality caramel sauce topping (or make your own!)

Sea salt

Cooking directions

1. For the apple layer

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and stir until well combined. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes, until the apples are tender and the brown sugar creates a thick glaze.

2. For the cinnamon whipped cream

In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a medium mixing bowl fitted with an electric hand mixer, beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla on medium/medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat. Reserve 3/4 cup of whipped cream for the cheesecake layer. With the rest of the whipped cream, gently fold in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and taste. Add more cinnamon if desired.

3. For the cheesecake layer

In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a medium mixing bowl fitted with an electric hand mixer, whip together the cream cheese, mascarpone, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Gently fold in the whipped cream by hand.

4. When ready to assemble the trifle: 

  • Remove apples from the fridge and let them come closer to room temperature (Give them a quick zap in the microwave to speed up that process). Stir some sea salt into caramel to give it the desired salted caramel flavor.
  • Alternate layers of crushed biscoff cookies, cheesecake layer, apples, cinnamon whipped cream, and salted caramel. Devour immediately.

Pay attention to these tips:

  1. It’s important to cut the apples into very fine dice, as bigger chunks of apples will take a lot longer to cook. Instead of using the stovetop, you could cook in a 375°F oven, stirring once or twice, until the apples are tender.
  2. We would choose to serve the trifles in little mini serving cups. The yield of the recipe depends upon the size of those serving cups. You could also make it in one big dish for a family-style dessert.

Adapted recipe from Shared Appetite.

5. Vegan Cranberry Pear Tart

5. Vegan Cranberry Pear Tart | Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas: 12 Quick and Easy Recipes | dessert idea for thanksgiving | dessert for thanksgiving

Here you have it. A vegan recipe for Thanksgiving that will make you cry for more. One of the benefits is that you can also use the crust part often for other pies/desserts because it’s a great alternative for gluten intolerant people. Another positive aspect is that it is a healthy and tasty sweet! How da heck is that possible? Last but not least, this yummy is super quick and easy to prepare. Therefore deserves to be on the best Thanksgiving recipes dessert list.

PREPARATION TIME: 20 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 10 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 40 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 6-8

Ingredients

Crust

2½ cups walnuts or pecans, toasted for 8 minutes in a 350º oven

1 cup Medjool dates, pitted

½ teaspoon cinnamon

sea salt to taste

Filling

3 ripe pears, thinly sliced

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ cup maple syrup

¼ cup apple cider

¼ cup dried cranberries

Cooking directions

For the Crust: 

  1. Combine the walnuts, dates, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture is well combined but not completely smooth. Press it into the bottom and up the sides of a nine-inch non-stick tart pan and refrigerate while you make the filling.

For the Filling: 

  1. Place the pears, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, apple cider, and dried cranberries in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the pears are tender, for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the pears and cranberries with a slotted spoon to a bowl and set them aside.
  3. Return the pan to heat and cook the remaining liquid in the pan until it is reduced by half.
  4. Spread the fruit over the tart crust and pour the reduced liquid over it.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Adapted recipe from Forks Over Knives.

6. Easy Apple Tart

6. Easy Apple Tart | Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas: 12 Quick and Easy Recipes | dessert idea for thanksgiving | dessert for thanksgiving

Many people still haven’t tried this kind of dessert yet but it is really worth a try. This crunchy and super scrumptious dessert is sure to win over everyone at home. That being said, we introduce this Thanksgiving recipe idea on this list. 

But there is more: You can top it with a little vanilla ice cream and some cinnamon.

PREPARATION TIME: 30 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 16-18 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 40-45 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

2 sheets frozen puff pastry, defrosted

6 Granny Smith apples

2 lemons

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 stick salted butter

caramel sauce, for topping

Cooking directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Cut apples into thin slices and add to a large bowl
  3. Zest and juice the lemons into the bowl
  4. Add the granulated sugar and cinnamon
  5. Stir to combine
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  7. Unroll the puff pastry and cut the sheet into four pieces and place on a baking sheet
  8. Arrange 10-12 apple slices on each square of puff pastry. Be sure to leave a 1/2-inch border of dough on all sides!
  9. Top the apples with a few pieces of butter
  10. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until puffed and golden brown
  11. Top with caramel sauce

Adapted recipe from Brit + Co.

Quick remind: we have a special treat and super delicious surprise to complement your Thanksgiving recipes ideas list at the end of the article

7. Pumpkin Snack Cake

7. Pumpkin Snack Cake | Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas: 12 Quick and Easy Recipes | dessert idea for thanksgiving | dessert for thanksgiving

Superb. This crunchy and easy-to-prepare Thanksgiving snack really deserves this place on the list. It’s an excellent choice for pumpkin desserts lovers but always wins the hearts of everyone. The cake is very moist and tasty, perfect for this time of the year and you can opt for alternatives in the frosting, making it very adaptable to all tastes.

PREPARATION TIME: 15 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 25 MINUTES + COOLING

TOTAL TIME: 40-45 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 16

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup canned pumpkin

topping:

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup salted pumpkin seeds or pepitas

1 tablespoon sugar

Cooking directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and cinnamon; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pumpkin. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in a pan on a wire rack.

Adapted recipe from The Taste of Home.

8. Crustless Cranberry Pie

8. Crustless Cranberry Pie | Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas: 12 Quick and Easy Recipes | dessert idea for thanksgiving | dessert for thanksgiving

This could easily become your preferred choice. Why? Firstly, because it is a super easy, no-mixer Thanksgiving dessert, therefore perfect for last-minute dessert preparations. Secondly, it is perfect for those who truly hate to prepare the pie’s crust. Additionally, the pie crust carbs are saved to be consumed in other sweet and tasty Thanksgiving desserts.

PREPARATION TIME: 5 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 35 MINUTES + COOLING

TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 8-10

Ingredients

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste

1/2 to 1 teaspoon almond extract, or to taste

2 cups plus 1/4 cup fresh cranberries, divided (we have only made with fresh and cannot comment on using frozen)

Cooking directions

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, melt the butter before stirring in the remaining wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. 
  2. Fold in the cranberries, then turn the batter into a greased pie plate. Sprinkle additional fresh cranberries and sugar on top, then bake until the edges are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch round pie dish very well with cooking spray; set aside. You can use a glass pie dish; baking times may vary if using metal.
  4. To a large bowl, add 1 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and whisk to combine; set aside.
  5. To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 45 seconds. Wait momentarily before adding the eggs so you don’t scramble them.
  6. Add the eggs, extracts, and whisk to combine.
  7. Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir to combine; don’t overmix.
  8. Add 2 cups cranberries and stir to combine; the batter is very thick.
  9. Turn the mixture out into a prepared pie dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  10. Evenly sprinkle 1/4 cup cranberries over the top.
  11. Evenly sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar over the top and bake for about 34 to 38 minutes, or until edges are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter. If you underbake slightly (33-34 minutes), you can get a more gooey center but it’s personal preference and since all ovens, climates, and berries vary, watch your pie and not the clock.
  12. Allow pie to cool in the pie dish on a wire rack before slicing and serving.
  13. Optionally serve with whipped topping or ice cream. The pie will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days.

Adapted recipe from Averie Cooks.

9. Chocolate Pecan Pie

9. Chocolate Pecan Pie | Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas: 12 Quick and Easy Recipes | dessert idea for thanksgiving | dessert for thanksgiving

Another super easy Thanksgiving recipe idea but this time using melted chocolate. The classic pecan pie turned into a rich pudding-like texture. Just yummy. You can create the pie crust by yourself following this amazing recipe or you can take a shortcut and use a pre-made crust. Additionally, being a kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipe dessert is the perfect choice to get some handy helpers and consequently provides a very fun and educational family moment for your little ones.

PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 60 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 10

Ingredients

4 tablespoons butter

3 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate

2/3 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup

3 eggs, lightly whisked

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

1 (9-inch) unbaked OR frozen deep-dish pie crust

Cooking directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small saucepan melt the butter and chocolate over medium-low heat until melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together corn syrup, eggs, brown sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the melted chocolate and pecans until combined.
  4. Pour mixture into pie crust.
  5. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 60 to 70 minutes. Cool for at least 2 hours on a wire rack before serving.

Tip:

If you are using a prepared frozen pie crust, place the cookie sheet in the oven and preheat the oven as directed. Pour filling into frozen crust and bake on a preheated cookie sheet. The pie is done when the center reaches 200°F. Tap the center surface of the pie lightly – it should spring back when done. If pie crust is over-browning, cover edges with foil.

Adapted recipe from Cookies and Cups.

10. White Chocolate Cranberry Ice Cream

10. White Chocolate cranberry Ice Cream

An ice cream choice for Thanksgiving desserts ideas. Why not? Besides super fresh and tasty White Chocolate and Cranberry Ice Cream dessert is the perfect, easy no-machine ice cream recipe for your Thanksgiving or even Christmas dessert. Moreover, is another child-friendly recipe idea for Thanksgiving, bringing kids into the holiday festive spirit.

Just takes 10 minutes to prepare but you need to freeze it. Therefore we recommend you do it the day before in order to freeze it overnight.

PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 4 HOURS

TOTAL TIME: 10 MINUTES. + FREEZING TIME

SERVINGS: 4-8

Ingredients

1 x 14 ounce (1 Can/ 400ml) sweetened condensed milk, cold

2 cups (16oz/450ml) heavy fresh dairy cream, cold

1 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)

1 1/2 cup (15oz/425g) cranberry sauce

1/2 cup ( 3oz/85g) white chocolate chips

Cooking directions

  1. Beat cold heavy fresh dairy cream on medium in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer) until stiff peaks form.
  2. Turn down the speed a little and pour the condensed milk into the whipped cream. (Stir in vanilla extract now if desired).
  3. Then, turn up the machine speed again and whip until your mixture is thick and too stiff peaks.
  4. Now you have your ice cream base added in your white chocolate chips and cranberry sauce. Fold until the desired color is reached (we recommend a streaky pink color)
  5. Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight before scooping and serving.

Adapted recipe from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking.

11. Turkey Handprint Cookies

11. Turkey Handprint Cookies

It’s cookie baking time and kids love it. In fact, this Thanksgiving recipe idea was created having children in mind. Actually, they have a lot of fun preparing these beautiful and personalized turkey Cookies.

PREPARATION TIME: 5 HOURS

DECORATION TIME: 30 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES

Ingredients

cardstock

pencil or pen

scissors

sugar cookie dough, try our favorite homemade sugar cookie recipe, or you can use store-bought dough

rolling pin

knife

baking sheet with a non-stick liner

icing or frosting, use a royal icing recipe with helpful tips or purchase your favorite

water, to thin out the royal icing

toothpicks

parchment paper

chocolate covered sunflower seeds

Cooking directions

  1. Using a pen or pencil, trace your child’s hand onto a piece of cardstock. (If you have different sized hands in your house, it’s fun to make different sizes.)
  2. Cut each hand out.
  3. Roll out your sugar cookie dough, place the cardstock hands on top of the dough to use as a guide, and cut them out with a knife.
  4. Carefully transfer to a baking sheet. If there are any rough edges, just pat them down.
  5. Bake, let cool, then carefully transfer to your counter where you can start to decorate them. (Try not to have any finger casualties.)
  6. Outline the handprint cookies in black or brown icing. NOTE – The icing for the outline, feet, gobbler and name should be thicker than the fill icing.
  7. Fill each handprint cookie with the thinner brown frosting. (Just add a touch more water to the thick stuff you made.)
  8. Pop the bubbles with a toothpick right away when it’s still really wet.
  9. Make some feet and gobblers with icing on a piece of parchment paper.
  10. After your fill frosting has been set up a tiny bit, add sunflower seed feathers.  If you add these too soon, they will fall into the frosting and get swallowed up. But don’t wait too long so that the icing cracks when you push these on.
  11. Using black icing, write the name and add an eye. Glue your dried gobbler on with a dot of frosting.
  12. With dots of frosting, put the legs on last. They are fragile and if you try to do other decorating after you put them on, your hand might break them.

Adapted recipe from Somewhat Simple.

12. Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies Recipe

12. Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies Recipe

Another great and easy-to-prepare Thanksgiving cookie recipe idea that you can make with your tots. These Thanksgiving turkey cookies are made out of cookie dough, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, M&Ms, and candy corns, and they will bring flavour and festive feeling to the occasion. 

A cool tip: If you prefer chocolate instead of peanut you can do similar by following these amazing Chocolate Cookies Christmas Turkeys. Or both to please everyone 😉

PREPARATION TIME: 5 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 10 MINUTES

COOL + DECORATION TIME: 45 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 1 HOURS

SERVINGS: 20-24

What you’ll need:

cookie dough Reese’s peanut butter cups – the miniature-sized ones. M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces

Candy Corns

Candy eyes – you can find them on Amazon.

Chocolate – as the glue

Ingredients

16 oz Pillsbury premade Sugar Cookie Dough, raw (usually can be found near tube biscuits, cinnamon rolls, butter, and dairy products)

24 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

48 candy eyes

24 Red or Orange M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces

Candy Corns (100-125 pieces)

Chocolate, melted

Cooking directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Grease 24 ct MINI muffin tin
    3. Divide cookie dough into 24 equal pieces. Place one cookie dough piece in each muffin tin cup.
    4. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the dough is done. Centers of cookies will cave in slightly-this is normal.
    5. Let cookies cool for 3-5 minutes, then remove from the pan.
    6. Once removed, gently press a mini peanut butter cup in the center.
    7. Let cool fully.
    8. Once cooled, add decoration using melted chocolate (candy eyes, red or orange gobble, candy corn feathers).

Tip: If in a hurry, once you’ve put Reese’s peanut butter cups into the center of the cookies you can place them in the freezer to cool more quickly.

Adapted recipe from Kitchen Cents.

As promised, here you have your extra special Thanksgiving treat recipes:

Pecan Pie Brownies

Like the Thanksgiving snack recipe idea mentioned above, it’s also an easy-to-prepare and a wonderful, super tasty dessert for Thanksgiving or for other times of the year. Plus, the pecan pie shape makes this festive treat one of the richest, so you won’t need a big chunk to feed many people.

With a delicious pecan pie topping, this is clearly a must-have recipe idea to prepare for Thanksgiving.

PREPARATION TIME: 25 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 1 HOUR

TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 25 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 16

Ingredients

Brownies:

Use a boxed mix, or use the following ingredients for homemade brownies

1 cup butter (2 sticks), melted

3 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 Tbsp. vanilla

1- 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup unsweetened cocoa

1- 1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup chocolate chips

1 tsp. flour (for tossing chocolate chips)

Pecan Pie topping:

1/3 cup corn syrup

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 tsp. salt

3-1/2 cups pecans

Cooking directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees
    2. Brownies (if not using a boxed mix)
    3. Sift the flour, salt, and cocoa and set aside.
    4. Add the butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs (one at a time) to a large bowl. Mix together.
    5. Add the flour mixture and mix well.
    6. Sprinkle the tsp of flour over the chocolate chips in a small bowl and toss. Add the chocolate chips to the mixture and mix well.
    7. Pour into a greased 9″ x 13″ casserole dish and bake for 25 minutes. Set aside.
    8. Pecan Pie Topping
    9. Add the corn syrup, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, and melted butter to a medium-sized bowl. Mix together.
    10. Add the pecans and stir until all are covered.
    11. Pour over the brownies and spread out gently.
    12. Bake again for 25-30 minutes until done.

Adapted recipe from Back to My Southern Roots.

Portuguese Baked Apple Pie

PREPARATION TIME: 1 HOUR 24 MINUTES

BAKE TIME: 1 MINUTE

TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 25 MINUTES

SERVINGS: 6-10

Like the Thanksgiving snack recipe idea mentioned above, it’s also an easy-to-prepare and a wonderful, super tasty dessert for Thanksgiving or for other times of the year. Plus, the pecan pie shape makes this festive treat one of the richest, so you won’t need a big chunk to feed many people.

With a delicious pecan pie topping, this is clearly a must-have recipe idea to prepare for Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

For the pie:

6 baked apples

14 oz of puff pastry

5 oz of sugar

7 yolks

1/2 cup of cream

1 tablespoon of milk

Powdered sugar for dusting

flour to sprinkle

To prepare baked apples:

4 reinette apples

3,5 oz of sugar

a cup of port wine

4 sticks of cinnamon sticks

cinnamon powder q.s.

Cooking directions

For the baked apples:

  1. Wash and arrange the apples, removing the stone, as seen in the photo. Drizzle the apples with port, sugar, and cinnamon. Place a cinnamon stick in the center of each apple and place them in a preheated oven at 180ºC, for about 20 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  2. Remove apples from the oven, decorate to taste, and serve.

For the pie:

  1. After roasting the apples, allow them to cool, carefully remove the skin without breaking them and cut them into large pieces. Reserve.
  2. Roll out the flour-dusted puff pastry, line a tart, trim and cut the leftover dough into strips. Place the roasted apple pieces inside the pie.
  3. In a bowl, beat the sugar with 6 yolks and the cream, drizzle the pie with this preparation and arrange the puff pastry strips on top, as seen in the photo. In a bowl, mix the remaining yolk with the milk, brush the strips and the edge of the puff pastry, and place in a preheated oven at 180ºC for approximately 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, unmold and serve, warm or cold and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Adapted recipe from Teleculinaria.

Summing up, if you can have time to cook and bake delicious desserts but no time to enjoy the holiday among your relatives, what is the point? 

Thinking of you and your family, we chose these 12 quick and easy Thanksgiving desserts ideas to help you save time, body, and mind.

Our aim is also to provide the best Thanksgiving holiday for you and your loved ones. Having said this, let’s cook and bake! It’s party time and we are already smelling your kitchen from here. 

Please don’t forget to share these lists with your friends and family. Probably they can get their “hands dirty” too and offer you a treat 😉

 

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Classic Family Christmas Movies to Watch With Kids This Holiday Season

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Movies are a staple of Christmas fun.

Likewise, after stuffing yourself with turkey, potatoes, Christmas Ham – or nut roast and veg, depending on how you do Christmas! – there’s nothing better than snuggling up as a family on the sofa and settling into a good Christmas movie.

However, the question is, what the heck should you watch?

Check below our Top 10 Classic family Christmas Movies‘ that you can watch with your kids every year. Additionally, you can download KidsBeeTV safe video app and watch a bunch of fun Christmas cartoons and songs. Enjoy!

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1. Home Alone

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Let’s face it, no Christmas movie list would be complete without this all-time classic.

That is to say, it was the first that came to our minds.

SinopseAfter being sent to the attic for misbehaving, young Kevin McCallister’s family heads to the airport for their Christmas vacation the next day, mistakenly leaving behind poor Kevin. The young lad finds himself home alone for several days.

Unfortunately for Kevin, two local crooks find out he’s alone. But Kevin is smarter than them both. The hilarious encounters that ensue are sure to delight the whole family.

This is a hugely nostalgic film that will bring back Christmas memories for parents of a certain age.

Important note: Parental guidance is advised with a PG rating and some slapstick violence, particularly for younger kids.

Where to Watch Home Alone?

Right now you can watch Home Alone on Disney+. You are able to stream Home Alone by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes.

2. Elf

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Elf is the hilarious tale of a human, played by the hysterical Will Ferrell, who is accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby and is consequently raised as one of Santa’s elves.

Realizing there’s something a bit different about him from the other elves, Buddy travels to New York in search of his real father.

This feel-good Christmas classic is not only very laughable but, most importantly, carries a positive festive message, making it a perfect Christmas watch.

How to Watch Elf?

Right now you can watch Elf on Starz or HBO Max. You are able to stream Elf by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes.

3. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

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The Grinch is the tale of the miserable creature who lives with his dog, Max, on Mount Crumpet above Whoville.

As the residents of Whoville, known as the Whos, expand their Christmas celebrations, the Grinch attempts to steal Christmas.

In his attempt to get back some peace and quiet, the Grinch poses as Santa Claus so he can ruin the Whos’ Christmas once and for all.

In conclusion, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a great update on a classic tale that is suitable for the whole family.

Where I can watch The Grinch?

You are able to stream The Grinch by renting or purchasing on Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes.

4. Klaus

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One of the greatest Family Christmas movies: Who wouldn’t want to watch an Oscar-nominated Santa Claus origin story?

This gorgeous Christmas animation is about a lonely toymaker who makes friends with a postal worker.

Guess what happens next!

Important note: Parental guidance is advised as there are a couple of slightly scary scenes in what is overall a very sweet movie with a great message.

How to Watch?

Right now you can watch it on Netflix.

5. Mickey’s Christmas Carol

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Mickey’s Christmas Carol is the story of Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol, told through Disney’s favorite Mickey Mouse characters.

Staring Scrooge McDuck as the Christmas-resenting money lender, this short film of just 28 minutes features many classic Disney personalities. Therefore, is another good Christmas movie for kids to watch.

Where to Watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol?

Right now you can watch it on Disney+.

6. Frozen

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Although not strictly a Christmas film, as it is actually set in the summer, Frozen contains plenty of Christmas elements like snowmen, elves, and reindeer.

First released in 2013, Frozen has become a worldwide sensation and instant classic.

Frozen is a wonderful tale about sisterhood, jammed packed with catchy songs and dazzling animation. Certainly, A great movie that the whole family will enjoy.

Where I can watch Frozen?

Right now you can watch Frozen on Disney+. You are able to stream Frozen by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes.

7. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

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In this fun adventure with these classic stuffed characters, the Muppets head to the North Pole with the hope of delivering letters to Santa Claus.

Certainly, a good Christmas movie for kids.

Whether your kids are Muppets fans or new to the franchise, they’ll love this fun Christmas film.

Also, parents will enjoy this heartwarming and classic Christmas tale, which at 56 minutes is a short blast of fun.

How to Watch A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa?

Right now you can watch A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa on Disney+. You are able to stream A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes.

8. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is the story of a grumpy toymaker who has lost his mojo.

The enchantment happens when a visit from his granddaughter helps the old toymaker, played by Forest Whitaker, find his magic touch again.

Filled with dazzling festivity and Christmas songs, this is an easy watch that will please young kids.

How to Watch Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey?

Right now you can watch Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey on Netflix.

9. Arthur Christmas

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Arthur Christmas is a lovely Christmas tale filled with positive messages. It had created by the British team that brought to life Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run. 

Starring Hugh Laurie, James McAvoy, and Bill Nighy, the funny family Christmas movie answers the question of how Father Christmas visits so many homes in just one night.

The story covers Christmas’ spirit and family and is packed with wholesome values. Therefore we also believe that this is another good Christmas movie for kids to watch.

Where I can watch Arthur Christmas?

You are able to stream Arthur Christmas by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, and iTunes.

10. The Snowman

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The ultimate Christmas classic, The Snowman is a wordless tale of a – you guessed it – snowman who comes to life.

The snowman and the young boy who built him explore the lad’s house, and move outside when it gets a bit warm for the snowy fellow.

They then go outside and take to the skies, heading up to the North Pole. The highlight of this short film is Howard Blake’s spectacular song, Walking in the Air.

Above all, a delightful tale and a perfect watch for Christmas.

Curiosity: Oscar – Best Short Film, Animated – Nominated

How to Watch The Snowman?

You are able to stream The Snowman by renting or purchasing on Amazon Instant Video. You are able to stream The Snowman for free on Tubi.

…And a bonus suggestion!

Not a film, but don’t forget to download and tune into KidsBeeTV this Christmas!

Packed with festive content, this safe video app for kiddies – available on TV, tablets, and mobile devices – crams in hours and hours of kid-friendly, teacher-curated content.

You will find a lot of songs and Nursery Rhymes, cartoons, stories, and crafting videos handpicked specially for this season.

And there is more… As a gift to our users, KidsBeeTV will premiere new series of kids’ favorite cartoons that include:

  • Brand new shows such as Lottie Dottie Chicken, 44 Cats, PopPixie, Beadies, and Funt;
  • Christmas carols by Pinkfong, The Mik Maks, and NxBeats, among others;
  • Special Christmas episodes with Where’s Chicky, Molang, Sunny Bunnies, Mouk, Louie, The Awesome Moore Family, and a lot more.

Your kid will simply love it!

Extra Christmas Recommendation

This season is absolutely magic. We all know that. On the other hand, a holiday season also means a major effort for parents of toddlers and kids for organizing activities, trips and games to keep them busy. Having this in mean, we share with you these amazing Fun Christmas Games to play with kids that will help you every year. And they are a great addition to the Christmas movies activities too. Have fun.

 

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