Top 5 Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes
Move over Mom, the kids are cooking!

I love this time of year, finally a holiday that really gets to the heart of things. Get your kiddos thinking in the right direction for Thanksgiving and keep them focused that way right on through the holidays. Some of the best Thanksgiving ideas are simple and family oriented.  But, isn’t that the best part of the holiday season? Spending time with family is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Our recipes aren’t just for the kids to eat… they are “kid-friendly” for the kids to help you cook. And, they help reinforce what the kids are learning in school. Cooking is an awesome way to make practical use of math skills and learning sequencing, and is one of my favorite excuses for moving school to the kitchen!

So, let’s get cooking with the kids!

  1. Ranch Mashed Potatoes – yep this is the perfect twist to the typical creamed potato.
    • RANCH MASHED POTATOES
    • Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer, uncovered for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes fall apart when pierced with fork.
    • Drain potatoes in a colander and return potatoes to the pot. Mash potatoes until smooth.
    • Stir in Ranch seasoning, one stick of butter, salt/pepper, and sour cream.
  2. Green Bean Casserole –
    • GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
    • Place four cans of DRAINED cut green beans into a 9×13 glass bakeware. Add 1 can of cream of chicken soup and a pint of sour cream. Stir till smooth.
    • Add 1 can of french fried onions on top (I know it sounds NOT kid friendly, but I have six who lick the pan)
    • Bake at 350* for 45 minutes.
  3. Ham and cheese rolls
    • HAM AND CHEESE ROLLS
    • Two cans of refrigerated crescent rolls, 16 slices of ham, and 8 slices of your favorite cheese. (Ours is swiss)
    • Roll out dough and lay out 1 slice of ham and half a slice of cheese each. Roll up each individual roll.
    • Place on foil lined baking pan.
    • Bake at  350* for 15-18 minutes.
  4. Cranberry Apple Cider Punch
    • CRANBERRY APPLE CIDER PUNCH
      • 1 cup fresh cranberries
      • 1/3 cup water
      • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
      • 4 cups apple cider (see note above), chilled
      • 2 cups ginger ale, chilled
      • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
      • 2 cups cranberry juice, chilled
      • Crushed ice
  5. Snickerdoodle Cookies
    • If you haven’t tasted these babies, you’ll be sure to swoon!
    • SNICKERDOODLES
      • 1/2 c butter
      • 1 egg
      • 1/2 c white sugar
      • 1/3 c brown sugar
      • 1/2 tsp vanilla
      • 1 1/2 c flour
      • 1/4 t salt
      • 1/2 t baking soda
      • 1/3 t cream of tartar (the magic ingredient)
      • ROLL COOKIES IN: 2 T sugar/1 t cinnamon
      • Combine wet ingredients and mix well, slowly add dry ingredients.
      • Chill dough for 1 hr.
      • Preheat oven to 300*
      • Scoop out dough and roll into balls and then roll in the sugar cinnamon.
      • Bake 10-12 minutes. (Don’t overbake)