Looking for ways to use up all that Halloween candy? Also looking for some Thanksgiving treat ideas? I know I am! Here are some Thanksgiving-themed treat ideas. Some include using up your leftover Halloween candy!
Autumn Acorn Treats
- Glazed doughnut holes
- Milk chocolate (leftover Hershey candy bars from Halloween)
- Chocolate jimmies
- Pretzels (leftover from Halloween)
Melt the chocolate in a microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between (or in a double boiler). Coat 2/3 of the doughnut holes with the chocolate. Gently shake off the excess chocolate and roll it in jimmies. Stick a pretzel piece in the top for the stem.
Lay the acorn treats on parchment paper while the chocolate sets.
Candy Pilgrim Hats
- Mini Reese's peanut butter cups (leftover Halloween candy)
- Fudge stripe cookies (leftover Halloween candy)
- White, yellow and/or orange icing
Place a Fudge Stripe cookie with the striped side down. Using white, yellow or orange icing, pipe a circle around the hole of the cookie. Gently press a Reese's peanut butter cup upside-down on top of the icing.
Pipe a small square of white, yellow or orange icing to make the hat buckle.
Apple Cider Cups
Yields 4 apple cups (1/2 c cider in each)
- 8 large apples (I used McIntosh)
- Freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 c light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
Make the apple cups. Cut off the tops of 4 of the apples and set the tops aside. Using a paring knife, cut out the middle of each apple (at a 45-degree angle), leaving about 1/4 inch of the rim intact and being sure to get all of the seeds. Use a spoon to scoop out as much of the remaining apples as you can. Again, leave about 1/4 inch of the apples intact throughout. Set the scooped-out apple contents aside. Coat the inside and outer rim of the apples with lemon juice, to keep them from turning brown. Turn the apple cups upside down while you are making the cider. Chop the remaining 4 apples.
Place the scooped/chopped apples (seeds, tops and all) into a large pot. Add just enough water to cover the apples by about an inch. Add the cinnamon sticks and stir in the brown sugar, nutmeg and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover and simmer for 2 hours.
Remove the apples from the heat and allow them to cool for 5 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Strain the apples through a fine mesh sieve. Strain them a second time through a cheesecloth (or coffee filter), squeezing until no more liquid comes out.
Pour 1/2 c. of the cider into each apple cup. Serve with a cinnamon stick in each cup.
Oreo Turkey Treats
- Candy corn (leftover from Halloween candy)
- Double-Stuffed Oreo cookies (leftover from Halloween candy)
- Whoppers (leftover from Halloween candy)
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (leftover from Halloween candy)
- Black piping gel
- Red icing
- Orange icing
Place your Peanut Butter Cups in the refrigerator to cool (this makes them easier to work with). Assemble the tail. Gently separate one side of the Oreo cookie very slightly, being careful not to break it. Pipe some white icing between the sides. Carefully place 5 Candy Corn in the icing.
Place another Oreo cookie flat on your working surface. Pipe about a dime-size amount of white icing on the back end of the cookie. Take the "tail" Oreo cookie that you assembled and place it on the dime-size amount of icing to have it stand up. Hold it in place for a moment to allow it to set (if it does not stand up on its own, pipe some additional icing on the bottom cookie).
Remove your Peanut Butter Cups from the refrigerator. Pipe a small amount of white icing on the larger flat side of a Peanut Butter Cup. Press it up against the "tail" Oreo cookie (you may want to pipe some icing on the bottom of the Peanut Butter Cup, also). Hold it in place for a moment, to allow it to set.
Pipe a small amount of white icing on one side of a Whopper. Place the Whopper on top of the Peanut Butter Cup, to make the head. Hold it in place for a moment, to allow it to set.
Find a piece of Candy Corn that has a big white end. Cut it off using a sharp knife. Pipe a small amount of white icing on the cut end and press it onto the Whopper, to make the beak. Hold it in place for a moment, to allow it to set.
Using your white icing, pipe two round circles on the Whoppers, to make the eyes. Pipe the black gel inside the white circles (or use small, round, black candies) to complete the eyes.
Using the orange icing, pipe thin lines on the bottom Oreo cookie, to make the feet.
Last step! Pipe a thin line with the red icing around the beak, to make the wattle.
If you are travelling with these, remember to bring along some extra white icing in case something falls off!
Celeste is a wife to her best friend, mother to their beautiful daughter and a medical transcriptionist. She is a self-taught cook who became a passionate foodie in the process. Her hope is that others will follow along on her journey at CookingCreation.com, have the desire to start cooking more, gain the confidence to try new things, quit dining out so much and remember how important and special it is to sit around the dinner table together as a family. Oh yeah... and eat good food, too!