Tasty Thanksgiving Treats: How to get stuffed for Thanksgiving!

Archana Ajay ’18
EE Staff Photographer

With Thanksgiving coming right around the corner, it’s important to plan all those Thanksgiving desserts- not just Thanksgiving dinner! For most people, the most memorable part of Thanksgiving dinner is the dessert. With these quick and easy recipes, your friends and family will be amazed!You Thanksgiving day dessert table will be filled with delicious treats that everyone will definitely enjoy! Start your Thanksgiving day off right by making these delicious (and adorable!) Thanksgiving desserts.


Pictured above are the cinnamon roll turkeys. Use this image as inspiration for your own turkeys!

Recipe #1: Cinnamon Roll Turkeys

1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
10 slices bacon
Various different candy pieces for the eyes, nose, etc. (ex. candy corn and black icing)
15 mini pretzel sticks, cut in half

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Separate the dough into 5 separate rolls. To make the neck of the turkey, tuck the dough into the roll. Make sure that your cinnamon rolls are far apart so that they don’t stick together.
3. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes or until golden brown. When they are done, cool them on the side for about 5 minutes. Make sure that they are cool to the touch so that the icing and candy don’t melt off.
4. Cook bacon until the bacon is crisp, and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate. Make sure that the bacon is crisp before cutting.
5. Cut each in half. To make the tail feathers, tuck 4 pieces of bacon into back of each cinnamon roll so they stick up.
6. Decorate! Drizzle tops of rolls with icing. You can decorate the turkeys with various candies and different foods to make it look like a turkey. Be creative! You can also add pretzels to the bottom of each cinnamon roll to look like a turkey’s feet.
7. Serve and enjoy!


An example of how your pumpkin pie squares will look!

Recipe #2: Pumpkin Pie Squares

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
1 can pumpkin puree
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Mix in the flour. Fold in the oats. Press the mixture evenly into a 24-cup muffin tin or a pan.
3. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until set.
4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and white sugar. Beat in pumpkin puree and evaporated milk. Mix in the salt, cinnamon and ginger. Pour evenly over the baked crust.
5. Bake in oven for 20 minutes and let cool. If a pan was used, cut into squares. Then serve and enjoy!


Make some delicious apple cider donuts that everyone will enjoy!

Recipe #3: Apple Cider Donuts

2 cups white sugar, divided
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups apple cider
3 3/4 cups all purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4cup butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
6 cups vegetable oil

1. In a resealable freezer bag, mix 1 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.
2. Boil apple cider in a saucepan, stirring occasionally, until about half a cup of cider is left. Remove from heat and cool.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and salt.
4. In a separate bowl, mix together butter, eggs, egg yolk, and cooled cider until smooth, and then stir into the flour mixture. Then stir the rest of the flour into the mixture until smooth, and refrigerate for about ten minutes.
5. Heat oil in a large pot or deep fryer to about 375 degrees F.
6. Turn dough onto a well-floured work surface using floured hands, and pat the dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Make a doughnut shape using a doughnut cutter or 2 round cookie cutters (1 large and 1 small).
7. Slide the doughnuts into the oil. Fry until the doughnuts for about 2-3 minutes, or until they come to the surface and begin to brown. Flip doughnuts and continue frying for about a minute and a half.
8. Remove doughnuts with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate for about a minute. Toss cooled doughnuts in the reserved bag of cinnamon-sugar. Bring oil back to 375 degrees F (190 degrees Celsius) before frying next batch.

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