Author: Dominique Holmes


Kids love to help out with cooking duties at holiday time. Creating these easy-to-make cupcakes is a great family activity, and your guests will “gobble” them up.

Make an extra special treat for Thanksgiving and create one of these 17 Thanksgiving Cupcakes! Who knew there were so many adorable ways to make cute Turkey Cupcakes! I LOVE them all! Let’s not talk about the calories…wink! below are some of my favorite thanksgiving cupcake ideas for kids all of these recipes are vary Good and I know you will just enjoy making them with your little ones.

Stop by and see more Thanksgiving ideas to make your holiday special! Tons of great inspiration including place cards, table setting ideas, desserts and kids crafts! Oh, and a few free printables here and here.


Make an extra special treat for Thanksgiving and create one of these 17 Thanksgiving Day Cupcakes Ideas! Who knew there were so many adorable ways to make cute Turkey Cupcakes! I LOVE them all! | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – brown sugar pound cake and Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting – I Heart Baking

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – The Kitchn

Gobbling-good Thanksgiving Cupcakes – Spoonful

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – Brown Eyed Baker

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – Cupcakeaholic 

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – Dandelion Events

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – – Martha Stewart 

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – Jeanne Benedict

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – Betty Crocker

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – Hoosier Homemade

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – write each guests name on the cupcake and us as placecards – Duncan Hines

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes – Saucy’s Sprinkles inspired by Hello, Cupcake

Turkey TV Dinner Cupcakes – Delectable Edibles  

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes – Hoosier Homemade

Mayflower Cupcake – The Decorated Cookie

Pilgram Cupcakes – Two Parts Sugar

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcake – Taste of Home


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Usually when we think of Thanksgiving desserts, we think of pumpkin pie, apple pie or sweet potato pie. But why not try some cute little turkey cupcakes this year too? I have seen several different turkey cupcakes on my favorite blogs over the past few days, so I thought I would search around the web to see what other kind of turkey cupcakes people have created. I found some very unique and beautiful turkey cupcakes. Some are more elegant, while others are a bit more rustic. Here’s a dozen of the most adorable turkey cupcakes I found. I hope you enjoy!


  • DIY Turkey Cupcakes

    These might just be my favorite. Aren’t they adorable?
    Find these at Anna and Blue

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    These little turkeys made from fondant and icing are so cute.
    Find these at Tonya Staab


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    Chocolate Acorns are the cutest Fall or Thanksgiving treat…

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    This Crock Pot Apple Coffee Cake will have everyone asking…

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    “Flu Buster” Vegetable Soup recipe. A delicious, creamy…

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    These pumpkin cupcakes aren’t just super cute, they actually…

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    Fluffy, lemony vegan buttercream gives new life to vegan red velvet cupcakes.

    Fluffy, lemony vegan buttercream gives new life to vegan red…

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    Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake. This super easy cake gives you the…

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    My grandma always made the softest, yummiest cookies, and…

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Thanksgiving Desserts for Kids

Give the kiddos something they’ll definitely be thankful for this year – a cornucopia of silly sweets! Clever and cute, these recipes are entertaining and oh-so-easy.

PART OF: Thanksgiving: Desserts

Cute Apple Turkey

“This was a great project to do with my kids. The apple turkeys made adorable decorations on our holiday appetizer platters. They were a huge hit with the whole family.”

-St. Louie Suzie


Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats

Sweet and colorful, these marshmallow pumpkins are perfect for the kids’ table. Roll them up as shown or try spreading the mixture on a sheet and cutting with pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters.



Oreo Cookie Turkeys

“Very cute additions for each place setting. I used Double Stuf Oreos rather than separate the cookies and use additional frosting.”




Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies

“The green frosted leaf on the pumpkins really completes the pumpkin patch look. Everyone thought they were so cute.”




Mini Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes

This dessert may look high-level, but it couldn’t be easier with store-bought cupcakes and cookies, icing and just a little creativity using pieces of candy.



Rice Krispie Turkey

“This little turkey is so cool. My kids had fun making them. We only used strawberry Twizzlers for the tail. I love how they look.”




Turkey Cupcakes

“These turned out super cute. My 6- and 9-year-old did them all by themselves and were quite proud of themselves!”




Easy “Acorns”

Give a nod to fall with these Thanksgiving-ready chocolate and butterscotch goodies. Just three steps and you’re done!



Indian Corn Cake

“These cakes were easy, fun and delicious. My 10-year-old sister and I had a great time putting them together, and the whole family enjoyed eating them.”




Nutter Butter Turkeys

Kids will have a hard time resisting the urge to gobble up these cookies that call for both Double Stuf Oreos and Nutter Butters.



No-Bake Turkey Cake

Use any cake you like as the base for this eye-catching dessert. The only requirement: lots of tasty cookies in various shapes for your kids to experiment with!



Pilgrim Hat Cookies

“We had these at our preschool Thanksgiving feast and they were a huge hit! The kids loved them, and my 5- and 8-year-olds loved making them all by themselves!”

-Meredith F.



Snoopy Thanksgiving Dinner

Snoopy’s silly holiday feast from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving might not fill up your kids, but they’ll have a blast putting it together!



Strawberry Turkey Treats

Just five ingredients are all you’ll need to create these cute turkey treats that your little guests are sure to gobble up!



Cornucopia Snacks

“My kids had a blast making these for Thanksgiving. They were easy to make and fun to eat.”

-Aunt Paula



Bonus: Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

“My kids loved making this dough. The spices made our hands smell exactly like pumpkin pie!”








Thanksgiving is a time for traditional foods, but there’s no reason you can’t celebrate with cupcakes! These cupcakes are already traditional in two ways: they either taste like traditional Thanksgiving foods or they are decorated with traditional holiday imagery. We’ve got both kinds for you here today.


We know the Pilgrim hat with a buckle on the front is just a myth, but the image is so ingrained in the American psyche that it has become an iconic symbol for Thanksgiving, second only to the turkey. Tonya Staab took that image to cupcakes by covering marshmallows with melted chocolate. Set the marshmallow on a cookie before the chocolate cools to make a Pilgrim hat! You’ll find complete decorating instructions at her site.


Liz at Hoosier Homemade has a tip for Pilgrim hats -use a Rollo peanut butter cup on a cookie! I also like the cornucopia cupcakes that use a Bugle snack for the horn of plenty and Runts fruit candy for the “plenty.” She has video instructions to help you out.


Aside from the juice, most people only think of cranberries at Thanksgiving, and only eat them out of tradition. With the possible exception of Christmas, do you ever eat cranberry sauce any other time of the year? You can skip the sauce completely and still keep the cranberry tradition alive by incorporating them in a sweet yummy dessert! The recipe for the White Chocolate Cranberry Cupcakes shown here comes from Michelle at Culinography. You’ll find lots of variations and recipe links in a cranberry cupcake roundup at Slush.


The Cupcake Queen at 52 Cupcakes used a recipe from Martha Stewart to make sweet potato cupcakes with toasted marshmallows on top! Yes, there’s sweet potatoes in them, but the cinnamon and nutmeg are a bit reminiscent of pumpkin pie and other familiar fall recipes. The toasted marshmallow on top make them extra-traditional -and tasty!


The Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcake recipe came about because the author at Baking Bites wanted a way to make delicious pumpkin pie portable. As she explains, “impossible pie” recipes involve baking a cake that stays moist in the middle and forms a crust on the outside, so the textural effect is like eating a pie. But it’s a cupcake, so you can take it with you! These are topped with whipped cream. By the way, while you’re at Baking Bites, you may as well check out the Thanksgiving Menu for Bacon Lovers.


Before you read further, be advised that this cupcake is not a sweet dessert treat. It is an entree that looks like a cupcake. Celine Willard & Michelle Andre of fêtette call them Thanksgiving Plate Cakelettes. The “cake” is a layer of turkey meatloaf and a layer of stuffing, the “frosting” is mashed potatoes, garnished with a dash of cranberry sauce and drizzled with gravy. You’ll find complete instructions for making these at the website. It kind of reminds me of my grandmother’s recipe for using up Thanksgiving leftovers: she would layer split cornbread, turkey, and a sauce made with leftover gravy into a dish that we called “turkey shortcake.”


On the other hand, you can make sweet dessert cupcakes that look like Thanksgiving feast dishes. These mashed potato and gravy cupcakes are really cupcakes decorated with white frosting, caramel sauce “gravy,” and a yellow Starburst candy for the pat of butter.


This cupcake is a work of art, but it’s still a cupcake underneath. All that fondant depicts a Thanksgiving dinner, complete with a fancy double tablecloth. The artist from Wild Cakes said,

The client who ordered this cupcake mentioned that the recipient of loved potatoes… thus the 2 varieties! The orange things in the back were supposed be carrots (though I do wish I had thought of adding a dish of cranberries!)

Keep in mind; the top of this cupcake is less than 3″ across, so the details are not as refined as they would be on a larger cake!

If you’d like to take a look at those larger cakes, you’ll find a sampling in the Wild Cakes gallery.

You thought from the title of this post that it would be a list of cupcakes with turkeys on top, right? There are plenty of those. The problem is that not many of us have the skills to create a professional-looking turkey on a cupcake, and you can see many misguided efforts at Cake Wrecks. However, I found a few bakers willing to share techniques that non-professionals can use to make turkey cupcakes.


Turkey Day 2009 Cupcakes

When a non-professional tries to make the traditional brown turkeys out of frosting, there’s the risk that they will end up looking like …poop. One way around this is to create white turkeys, which is the kind of turkey most of us will be eating anyway. Cat from Sugar Daze Cupcakesmade these turkeys in 2009 for her son’s class. The frosting is vanilla/cream cheese flavor and the tails were pre-made from stiff royal frosting. Even if you don’t have a steady hand with the icing, they’ll still look good to eat! Image by Flickr user Sugar Daze (f/k/a LittleMissCupcakeParis).


Turkey cupcake tutorial

Kristin Ausk of Meringue Bake Shop posted a tutorial for making these turkeys with Nutter Butter cookies and Fruit Roll-ups. The decorations are simple enough that children can put them together, if you assemble all the right ingredients. The instructions cover both regular size and mini cupcakes! Image by Flickr user kristin_a (Meringue Bake Shop).


Another way to make good-looking turkey shapes is with cookies and peanut butter cups. Loralee Lewis has complete instructions for putting these turkeys together. No, the pipe cleaners are not edible, but aren’t they cute?

23 Fun And Festive Thanksgiving Desserts That Kids Will Love

Spoiler: You’ll love them too.

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1. Mini Caramel Apples

Mini Caramel Apples

Instructions here.

2. Candy Bark

Filed under: Quick Ways To Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy. How-to here.

3. Mini Peach and Raspberry Pies

Necessary ingredients include fruit, pie crust, and a tiny sidekick to help divide and conquer. Get the recipe.

4. Pilgrim Cupcakes

Pilgrim Cupcakes

For the hat, you could channel your inner artist by carefully painting a meticulous design — ORRR you could just stick a marshmallow on a fudge cookie and call it day. Instructions here.

5. Candy Corn Ice Pops

Candy Corn Ice Pops

Super easy, with no added sugar. (And you can make these the night before!) Instructions here.

6. Fallen Leaves Cookies

Fallen Leaves Cookies

Fun, festive — and downright functional, no? Get the recipe.

7. Fall-Friendly Snack Mix

Fall-Friendly Snack Mix

Things I’m thankful for: Any opportunity to eat puppy chow. Ingredient list here.

8. Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce Bites

Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce Bites

Recipe here.

9. Fruit Cornucopias

Fruit Cornucopias

A healthier harvest. Instructions here.

10. Oreo Turkeys

Instructions here — and these also work with Reese’s cups.

11. Turkey Leg Dessert Treats

Turkey Leg Dessert Treats

How-to here.

12. Healthy Candy Corn

Pineapples + mandarins + apples. Instructions here.

13. Chocolate Cereal Pinecones

These take a bit of patience — you’re stacking the cereal squares one by one — but they’re worth it. Get the instructions.

14. Caramel Apple Dessert Bar

Caramel Apple Dessert Bar

For easy cleanup, a muffin tin with liners can double as a toppings station. How-to here.

15. Chocolate and Peanut Butter Acorn Bites

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Acorn Bites

Nutter Butter bites + Hershey Kisses. Get the instructions.

16. Banana Ghosts and Clementine Pumpkins

Banana Ghosts and Clementine Pumpkins

No reason these can’t make a comeback after Halloween. More here.

17. Puff Pastry Cornucopias

Puff Pastry Cornucopias

Filled with DIY mousse made from pumpkin, vanilla pudding, and milk. Get the recipe.

18. No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake

I’m just gonna say it: Nutella cheesecake > Pumpkin pie. Get the recipe.

19. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Popcorn Bark

3-Ingredient Chocolate Popcorn Bark

Get the recipe.

20. Apple Pie Fries

Apple Pie Fries

These are made from premade pie crust so they’re super inexpensive and easy to assemble. Get the recipe.

21. DIY S’mores Pops

DIY S'mores Pops

Instructions here.

22. Mini Chocolate Cake Bites

Taste test(er)= required. Get the recipe.

23. Little Turkey Gobblers

Little Turkey Gobblers

Fair warning that these usually turn out to be more popular than the actual turkey. How-to here.

10 Totally Adorable Thanksgiving Cupcakes, Cookies and Baking Ideas

Looking for some adorable baking ideas for Thanksgiving? Here are a ten absolute gems that I found. They like lots of fun to make with kids or, heck, have fun making them all by yourself!

1. Nutter Butter Turkey Cupcakes

In my mind these are winners of most ingenious use of nutter butters cookies. Oh and let’s not overlook the clever use of colorful fruit roll-ups for the feathers. Find this recipe and instructions at

nutter butter turkey cupcakes

turkey cupcakes

2. Nutter Butter Turkey Pops

Not to be outdone by this clever use nutter butters cookies, we have turkey pops! Find the instructions for these cuties at

nutter butter turkey pops

3. Realistic Turkey Cupcakes

OK, let’s just come right out and say it… These are both creepily realistic and awesome! I included a closeup because the use of tiny green nonpareils as peas is just plain genius. These pictures are from a great tutorial at and the original idea came from the cookbook What’s New, Cupcake?.

thanksgiving turkey cupcakes

thanksgiving turkey cupcake

4. Simple Candy Corn Turkey Cupcakes

I love how devilishly simple and yet very cute these candy-corn-encrusted cupcakes are. The creator of these cupcakes says that the sugar “eyes” are from a local bake shop but I bet there are lots of fun things you could substitute in if you can’t find them. Find the instructions at

thanksgiving cupcakes

5. Candy Corn Turkey Sugar Cookies

And if the idea of packing away en entire cupcake after your Thanksgiving meal is just too daunting, these sugar cookies are just as sweet. Read how to make them at or where the recipe originally came from at

thanksgiving turkey cookies

thanksgiving cookies

6. Miniature Single Serving Pies in a Jar

Single serving pies in a jar. Need I say more? You can find great instructions at and at Now excuse me while I try to insert my spoon right into the screen so I can take a bite of that whip cream-topped pumpkin pie.

miniature pumpkin pie in a jar

pie in a jar

7. Cherry Pie Cupcakes

Just to throw your Thanksgiving guests for a loop, confuse them with some cupcakes that look like miniature cherry pies. These might look complicated but you’ll be surprised at how simple they are to make when you read the instructions at

cherry pie cupcakes

8. Oreo and Peanut Butter Cup Turkeys

How can you go wrong with a dessert made from oreos and peanut butter cups? You pretty much can’t. Read the instructions for these by Flickr user Coopet Photography.

oreo turkeys

9. A Slice of Pumpkin Pie on a Cupcake

This cute cupcake requires you to use fondant icing but it looks well worth it. It’s adorable and beautiful. Read the instructions at

pumpkin pie cupcake

10. Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcake

A cupcake that tastes and looks like sweet potato casserole complete with toasted marshmallows? Yes please. Find this recipe at

sweet potato casserole cupcake


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