One of the best things about Thanksgiving is all the delicious food that you likely never eat any other time of year. Sometimes the kids in the family are not as excited about the turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole as the adults. This year, consider making some fun snacks, especially for the kids. These 10 fun Thanksgiving snacks for kids will make the grown-ups wish they were sitting at the kiddie table.
10 Thanksgiving Snacks for Kids
Pumpkin Pie Cheese and Crackers
Delight the kids (and the grown-up kids) with these adorable mini slices of pumpkin pie. The fun part is that these appetizers are not pie at all. They are actually made of cheese and crackers! With only five ingredients they are easy to assemble. Slice the cheese, use some cream cheese to hold the pieces together, and decorate with a “whipped cream” swirl of cream cheese. It is unlikely that they will last until the turkey is ready.
Get the step by step instructions on She Knows.
Thanksgiving Snack Mix
If you are looking for a sweet and salty treat, this snack mix that can be put together in less than 10 minutes is just the thing. Besides being easy to put together, snack mix is a great addition to your list of Thanksgiving snacks for kids because you can swap out ingredients and include your favorites. This recipe suggests including caramel corn, Chex cereal, Reese’s Pieces, and Bugles because they look like tiny cornucopias!
This Thanksgiving Snack Mix can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Check out the full list of suggested ingredients on Life Made Simple.
Turkey Leg Treats
These Turkey Leg Treats are a fun Thanksgiving twist on Rice Krispie treats. Super simple to make, these little drum sticks will make everyone who stops at the snack table smile. Garnish them with sprinkles like the recipe calls for or drizzle them with chocolate for a festive look.
Get the recipe on Bitz and Giggles.
Chocolate Apple Pops
Apples are one of those foods that scream fall. Since a number of varieties are in season this time of year and at peak deliciousness, they make perfect Thanksgiving snacks for kids.
Chocolate, apples, and whatever toppings you can dream up are all you need to make these delicious – and healthy! – apple lollipops. They are pretty simple to make too. Slice your apples and put them on sticks. Melt the chocolate. Dip the apples in the melted chocolate and roll in your desired toppings. That is it! Put the kids on topping duty and let them lend a hand. In total, these can be put together in 20 to 30 minutes.
Check out the full recipe and directions on Your Choice Nutrition.
Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies
Of course, cookies are at the top of the list of Thanksgiving snacks for kids. Turn up the flavor of a plain oatmeal cookie with the best parts of a Thanksgiving staple – apple pie. Kids will love that these cookies are soft, chewy, and full of cinnamon apple flavor. Moms will like that they are a healthy snack for a day full of food that is often anything but healthy.
Easy to make, these cookies are made with instant oats, apples, butter, honey, and the spices that make apple pie fill the kitchen with the most delicious smells. Substitute the oats and flour with gluten-free alternatives, or swap out the agave nectar for honey or maple syrup.
Find the full recipe and a short recipe video on Amy’s Healthy Baking.
Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods
Thanksgiving snacks for kids that are simple and easy to make are always great to find because Thanksgiving food prep is already so involved and often time consuming. These chocolate-covered pretzels have three basic steps and can be made ahead of time. The best part is that you can choose whatever toppings you would like – sprinkles, M&M’s, coconut, crushed up candy corn, or whatever tickles your fancy.
Find the super simple recipe on Family Circle.
Apple Pie Fries
Who does not love a slice of apple pie? These Apple Pie Fries are a fun twist guaranteed to delight the kids – and the kids at heart. They are easy to make since this recipe calls for premade refrigerated pie crust and apple pie filling that you can find in the baking aisle at your local grocery store. Spread the filling between two pieces of pie crust, cut into fry-sized strips, sprinkle with sugar and bake in the oven for 12 minutes. Serve with a caramel dipping sauce.
Find the full recipe and directions on Oh, Bite It!
As far as cute Thanksgiving snacks for kids go, these Turkey Pretzels might just be one of the cutest. They are simple to put together with only a handful of ingredients – pretzels, chocolate kisses, candy corn, red icing, and candy eyes, which you can usually find in the baking section of your local grocery store. The most time-consuming part is probably unwrapping the chocolate kisses. These are a great treat to make the day before Thanksgiving, as they keep well in an airtight container. Be warned. They are sure to be gobbled up on Thanksgiving Day!
Get the full recipe on My Heavenly Recipes.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Whoopie pies are always a kid favorite, so try this fall version packed with pumpkin flavor. Cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and canned pumpkin make these whoopie pies taste like everything you love about fall. While the little cakes are baking and cooling work on making the filling and get it in the refrigerator to cool. This way, you can get to assembling the whoopie pies sooner.
Get the full recipe on Taste of Home.
Mini Caramel Apples
Since Thanksgiving falls during apple season, you can never have enough delicious apple snacks for Thanksgiving. There are only have five steps to making these cute Mini Caramel Apples. Scoop out balls of apple using a melon baller and place a cake pop stick in each apple ball. Melt caramel to coat your mini apples. Then dip them in sprinkles for a festive fall look.
Find the full recipe on My Litter.
These fun Thanksgiving snacks for kids are perfect for keeping the kids happy while waiting for dinner or for a Thanksgiving celebration at school. Most of them are fairly easy to make, so get the kids involved and have them lend a hand. They might just become part of your annual Thanksgiving tradition.
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