Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that can be sadly overshadowed by the gift-giving season. My foodie friends, fear not! We at Kinderlime have collected ten Thanksgiving-themed treats for your students. Click on the links to view the recipes, and enjoy!
Thanksgiving Treats for Kids
Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Bites.
Recipe and image courtesy of Delish.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Servings: 48 pretzel bites
If you thought the time for pumpkin spice was over, think again! One bite of these pretzels, and you’ll want this spice to stick around for a while yet. You can also try coating the pretzel bites with other flavors for more variety with your snacks.
Sweet Potato Bites.
Recipe and image courtesy of Delish.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Servings: 6-8
Make everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving sweet potato dish bite-sized and easy for small hands to grab. The children might not even notice they’re eating vegetables.
Apple Pie Bites.
Recipe and image courtesy of The Blond Cook.
Prep Time: 17 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Servings: 8 apple bites
After trying the original recipe, switch out the fruits and the spices for some other great flavors. Our favorites include banana and walnut, pear and gorgonzola, and buttered pecans.
Apple Cranberry Fruit Salad.
Recipe courtesy of Tastes Better from Scratch.
Prep Time: 8 hours (refrigerate overnight) Cook Time: 3 minutes Servings: 5
Don’t be daunted by the hours of prep-time — you’ll be asleep for most of it!
Recipe and image courtesy of Num’s the Word.
Prep Time: 10 minutes + chill time Cook Time: 0 minutes Servings: 10
If fruit salad isn’t your style, try some fluff. Cranberries can have a very tart flavor, but this recipe uses a not-too-sweet cream mixture to even out the tartness and make everyone want to come back for seconds.
Cinnamon Apple Cream Cheese Dip.
Recipe and image courtesy of Three Olives Branch.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Servings: 4
This Cinnamon Apple Cream Cheese Dip is a sure-fire way to get your students to eat their apple-a-day.
Kid-Friendly Mac and Cheese.
Recipe and image courtesy of Living Well Mom.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Servings: 12
Who doesn’t love a good mac n’ cheese? It can be made flavorful or plain, depending on your students’ tastes, and one batch can feed the whole group.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Recipe and image courtesy of Six Sisters’ Stuff.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Servings: 24 cookies
With only three ingredients and a ten-minute bake time, we’re sure you’ll love making these cookies as much as we do.
Recipe and image courtesy of Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons.
Prep Time: 10 minutes + decorating time Cook Time: 17-20 minutes Servings: unknown
If you say it out loud, turkey cupcakes might sound a bit odd at first — but after one look, your students will be gobbling these down!
Recipe and image courtesy of Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
Prep Time: 2-3 minutes per cookie Cook Time: 0 minutes Servings: unknown
These cookies have just a few ingredients and require almost no time to make. Try having your students make the recipe themselves by setting up a cookie-making table. I’m sure they’ll love both making and munching on the mini-cornucopias.
We hope you try out at least one of these recipes and see what your students think. If your childcare is part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), you can also keep track of your students’ meals by using our CACFP meal tracking features. Use Kinderlime to generate an accurate and fully-compliant report so that you can receive the aid you need for giving your children these wonderful meals each day.
Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with good food and loved ones!