Recipes to Make Thanksgiving Memories With Your Kids

Candy Turkey Bites

Thanksgiving is a time to connect with your family, friends, and loved ones. It’s the perfect opportunity to cook as a family.

Cooking with your children is a rewarding activity. You get to see them growing up and make lasting memories. They get to help their parents cook and have fun in the kitchen. Make this Thanksgiving a lasting memory by letting your children help you in the kitchen.

Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites


  • Pretzel Twists
  • Candy Corn
  • Rolos
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Candy Eyeballs


  1. Preheat oven to 300. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or Silpat baking mat.
  2. Place pretzels with the salted side down with the double rounded end pointed toward you.
  3. Unwrap Rolo candies and place them in the center towards the top of the pretzel.
  4. Place them in the oven until the chocolate softens, about 1 minute.
  5. Beginning decorating by placing the candy eyeballs towards the middle, slightly towards the top, of the Rolos candy. Take a Reese’s Pieces and turn it sideways and insert it below the eyes. Finally take three pieces of candy corn and insert them along the top of the Rolos for the feathers.
  6. Place them in the freezer to solidify. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy! (courtesy of

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats


  •  6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 (10 oz) pkg. mini marshmallows
  • Orange gel food coloring
  • 3 pretzel rods, end portions broken off into 2-inch pieces (so you’ll have 6 pieces)
  • 6 mini green airheads or green fondant*
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  1. Measure out rice krispies cereal and pour into a bowl. Melt butter in a 4 quart non-stick saucepan or pot over medium-low heat. Add marshmallows and stir and as they begin to melt start adding in the gel food coloring until desired color is achieved. Stir constantly until marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat then immediately pour in rice krispies cereal and gently stir and fold with a spatula until cereal is evenly coated. Let mixture cool slightly (until it’s cool enough to handle with your hands).
  2. Spray hands with non-stick cooking spray then shape rice krispie treat mixture into balls about the size of a baseball, then insert 1 piece of the pretzel rod into the top center and reshape the pumpkin as needed. Transfer to a plate or dish sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Beginning on one side of the airhead candy cut out a leaf shape with clean scissors then use the remaining portion of the piece of candy to roll and shape into a thin rope shape then twist into a vine shape (or just shape the fondant accordingly, no cutting required). Place candy on the sides of each pretzel on the pumpkin (as pictured). Repeat with remaining candy. Store in an airtight container. (courtesy of
About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.