Thanksgiving is all about indulging in everything we love before the long winter sets in. It’s also (quite obviously) about sharing and remembering what we’re thankful for. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best Thanksgiving dessert recipes to combine two of your favorite things: sweets and candy. Get cooking this holiday with these yummy ideas.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Turkeys
Turkeys are at the center of the Thanksgiving meal, but they don’t have to stop there. Transition your turkey-themed Thanksgiving to dessert by making these adorable and delicious Reese’s Pieces and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, turkey candies.
We think these turkey candies would be amazing on their own, or when used as garnishes on top of a cake. You can even use some icing to secure each one of these “turkey” morsels on top of a cupcake. Just make sure you save room for dessert!
Candy Corn Cake
If you—like a lot of us—have bags of candy corn leftover after Halloween, don’t let it go to waste! Instead, make this pretty Thanksgiving cake and use your candy corn to decorate it.
Follow the baker’s vision and use white, yellow, and orange to make the top of the cake look like a candy corn. Or, use the candy corn themselves. There are a couple of other recipes below that also have great ways to use candy corn on baked goods, so keep reading to come up with more creative ways you can change up this Thanksgiving’s dessert table.
The harvest season wouldn’t be complete without pumpkins. Since you’re probably already going to serve pumpkin pie, pumpkin cocktails, or even pumpkin spice lattes, why not give these pumpkin meringues a try?
Now, the recipe as is doesn’t include any candy, but you could easily substitute the meringue stem for a green jelly bean! That would give this fluffy cookie even more sweetness and chewy texture. Then, serve them in a bowl like this fantastic baker did, or use them to line the top of a cake or pie.
Thanksgiving Turkey and Stuffing Cake
After you’re done carving the turkey at the dinner table, give your guests de ja vous by making them cut open this turkey cake! When we saw this inventive idea, we fell in love. That’s because on top of cake and icing, this cake is full of candy!
To make this cornucopia of sorts, you’ll need some time an patience—and of course, amazing Thanksgiving themed candy. However, we promise no one will ever forget how delicious and different your Thanksgiving was if you make this cake.
The Great Pumpkin
These edible pumpkin patch bites are too cute! They’re made of butterscotch, Chinese noodles, and pumpkin candy corn—and of course, a lot of love.
We think these haystack candy bites would be a perfect place setting for every one of your Thanksgiving guests. Wrap them up in cellophane or set them on a little doily. Even use these completed pumpkin haystacks to decorate a cake or pie. One in the center of a pumpkin pie would be super special and pretty.
Turkey Cookie Bites
We showed you a similar turkey candy for Thanksgiving dessert up above, but we couldn’t resist spotlighting this different variation. This smart baker used Oreo cookies, candy corn, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (minis), and frosting to get this look. You can too by following the tutorial and shopping on CandyDirect.com.
If your kids are having a Thanksgiving party in school, you can send them in with a platter of these turkey cookies. Or, once again, you can use them as place markers, garnishes for other desserts, or on their own. Everyone will love how cute and yummy these little treats are.
Caramel Corn Mix
Caramel has that holiday flavor. It’s savory and sweet, comforting, and smells good while you’re making it. That’s why this caramel corn mix is perfect for your candy-loving Thanksgiving guests. You can combine red, yellow, and orange M&Ms in this mixture, throw in some Rolos, or try your own unique combination.
Keep your candy dishes full of this sweet and salty mix, fill glass jars on your counter full of fresh batches, or use some on top of a chocolate frosted cake for a fun and rustic look. There’s definitely no wrong way to eat this “candy corn” this Thanksgiving.
Without the pilgrims, we probably wouldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. What a horrible thought! To commemorate their long journey to America and struggle to cultivate the land, whip up some of these pilgrim hats.
We think these pilgrim hats are begging to be used on the top of cookies and cupcakes. Just look at them! Their tiny size and perfect proportion of mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate wafer cookies are just the right amount of sweet for any confection you whip up this Turkey Day.
We showed you another style above, but we love this turkey cake too. It’s much easier to make and still uses delicious candy corn and Reese’s Pieces. Plus, you can dunk chocolate filled wafer sticks in colored chocolate to make the feathers. That’s triple the yumminess.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can go as simple or complex as you want. The main thing to capture here is the turkey’s beak, eyes, and feathering. Your guests are sure to love whatever creation you bring to the table.
Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels
Chocolate covered pumpkin pretzels are the last Thanksgiving candy recipe that made our list. They take a traditional candy favorite (chocolate covered pretzels) and reinvent it in a fun holiday way.
Make sure you use a white chocolate to make these chocolate covered pretzel pumpkins, because dark or milk chocolate won’t show off the orange food coloring nearly as well. Then, choose either green M&Ms or another small green candy for the stem. Brown is okay too, so think Reese’s Pieces, Rolos, or chocolate chips.
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