Easy Thanksgiving Recipe for Kids

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Kill two birds (not the Thanksgiving turkey) with one recipe, by having the kids make an edible cornucopia place card for each holiday dinner guest. The cornucopia symbolizes abundance and reminds us to be thankful for our Thanksgiving blessings. Children will keep themselves busy with this recipe, leaving you the time to keep your Thanksgiving meal on schedule. Guests will know where to sit, and guests will have a sweet treat to take home with them, if they don't eat it all before the turkey is served.

Kill two birds (not the Thanksgiving turkey) with one recipe, by having the kids make an edible cornucopia place card for each holiday dinner guest. The cornucopia symbolizes abundance and reminds us to be thankful for our Thanksgiving blessings. Children will keep themselves busy with this recipe, leaving you the time to keep your Thanksgiving meal on schedule. Guests will know where to sit, and guests will have a sweet treat to take home with them, if they don't eat it all before the turkey is served.

 

Step 1

Trace Thanksgiving-theme shapes onto orange or yellow food doilies. Substitute plain wax paper if you don't have doilies. If you or the kids can't draw leaf, pumpkin or acorn shapes, trace the shapes from cookie cutters. Place the shapes on dessert-sized paper plates.

Step 2

Decorate each sugar cone. Wrap a Fruit Roll-Up around the wide and open end of the sugar cone. Cross the sections that meet to make a small bow. Secure the edible ribbon with a few dots of decorating icing.

Step 3

Write the first names of each guest on the cones, working from the pointed end to the round end. Younger children who are still learning how to control a pencil may need to simply write the initials rather than the name. Kids can use one or multiple colors on each cone to create colorful place cards.

Step 4

Mix up the cornucopia filling. Set out a variety of foods, mixing the healthier snacks with one or two sweet treats. Include dried fruit, sunflower seeds, pretzels, freshly popped popcorn, candy corn or fruit-shaped candy. Kids can gently mix the ingredients together in a big bowl with a wooden spoon. Gourmet kid chefs may want to add a pinch of cinnamon to their recipe.

Step 5

Fill each sugar cone cornucopia with the filling mixture, using a small spoon or a gloved hand. Dot some decorating icing on the cut-out shape on the plate and place the cone down, to secure it. Sprinkle any extra filling on the plate, letting the snack spill out into a delicious bounty.

Warnings

  • Only add nuts to the cornucopia if you are sure no guests have a tree nut allergy.
  • Avoid adding fresh fruit or any moist foods, including cheese, which could dry out before guests arrive.

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