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Best Apple Pie Recipe In The World

If you're looking for the best apple pie recipe in the world, look no further. The filling in this recipe is made with apples, butter, maple syrup, and apple juice, making it incredibly flavorful and satisfying!

If I could only eat one pie on Thanksgiving, I would choose this apple pie every time. I've had some apple pies before that are just not good. If the filling doesn't have a good balance of sweet, with a hint of fall spice like cinnamon, it just isn't very good and not worth eating in my opinion. This apple pie has the perfect balance of fall flavors and will wow the crowd at Thanksgiving dinner. 

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Best Apple Pie Recipe in the World:

What sets this apple pie apart from other recipes I think is the great balance of flavor in the apple pie filling. You get a lot of tartness from the granny smith apples, but then the combination of sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon really balances it out well. The mixture is super easy to throw together, by tossing the ingredients together in a bowl and then dumping into your pie crust. It has such a perfectly balanced flavor profile that is not too sweet and not too tart!

Best Apples for Apple Pie

I personally like to use tart apples in an apple pie. This recipe calls for five granny smith apples, which may seem like a lot, but it's really balanced well with the sugar, maple syrup, and apple juice in this recipe. I would also use pink lady apples which offer a great bite and tartness, but I personally wouldn't use a more mild apple such as a red delicious. 

Homemade Vs Store Bought Pie Crust

I personally don't have a huge preference and you could use either for this recipe. my pie crusts are typically hit or miss, and I think there are a lot of great quality crusts on the market in the refrigerated section. I know there will be people who disagree, but if making pie crust isn't your thing, buy a pre-made one, and skip straight to the filling. 


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Yield: 8
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 60 MinTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
If you're looking for the best apple pie recipe in the world, look no further. The filling in this recipe is made with apples, butter, maple syrup, and apple juice, making it incredibly flavorful and satisfying!

Ingredients

  • 5 large granny smith apples
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp apple juice
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 box of refrigerated pie crust (make sure it's a box with two crusts in it, one for the top and one for the bottom)

Instructions

  1. Peel, core, and slice the apples into very thin slices. Mix the slices with flour, sugar, cinnamon, maple extract, apple juice, and butter.
  2. Press one of the pie crusts into the bottom of the pan. Then dump all the apple slices, and juices into the crust. Then place the other crust on top and fold the bottom crust under and crimp. Trim away extra crust as necessary. Cut two inch vents in the top crust.
  3. Bake at 375° for 1 hour. If crust browns too quickly, cover with foil.

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Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe

The only pecan pie recipe you need is this Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe. It brings together all the warm and delicious flavors of the holiday season with the delicious nutty goodness from Karo Syrup. 


Pecan pie is not a pie I grew up eating during the holidays. When I was a senior in high school my dad was dating someone who had an amazing pecan pie recipe that she would make for my friend and I. We might have been bribed to like her with pie... I think it worked? But my dad and her also aren't together anymore so maybe it didn't? Hard to tell. When Derek and I hosted Thanksgiving in 2013 I made this Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe and it turned out perfectly. If you're looking to make Pecan Pie this year, you're in the right place. 

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Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe:

Pecan pie is actually really easy and straightforward to make as long as you have the proper tools, and follow the directions closely. You're going to boil your sugar and Karo Corn Syrup for two minutes and allow it to cool slightly. Then in a different bowl you'll beat your eggs while slowly pouring the sugar mixture into the eggs, while you keep beating. You must keep beating while you pour the sugar mixture into your eggs, otherwise the eggs will scramble from the heat of the sugar and you'll have a clumpy mixture. 

Once your sugar and eggs are mixed together, get a mesh strainer and strain the the mixture into another bowl to make sure it's nice and smooth. Then mix in your remaining ingredients, pour into a pie crust, and bake in the oven for about 50 minutes!

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What type of pecans to use for this Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe?

For this recipe I used either pecan pieces or halves because that is what was available at our grocery store the Thanksgiving of 2013. You'll still want to use those because the recipe calls to chop them for the mixture anyways, however, I think the next time I make this pie I would purchase some whole pecans as well to lay on top of the pie in a pretty design, but that is totally optional and not required.

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Can I make Karo Syrup Pecan Pie ahead of time?

Yes! You can actually make this pie, cool it all the way, and then freeze in an airtight freezer bag for up to three months. Simply thaw it in the fridge 24 hours before serving and you're good to go. You can also make this the day before Thanksgiving, cover it with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge until you're ready to serve!


Ingredients: 
3/4 cup light  corn syrup
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 
1 unbaked deep dish pie crust (I used frozen, thawed)

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350. In a sauce pan boil together sugar and corn syrup for 2 minutes and then cool slightly. 

In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly while slowly pouring the syrup mixture into the bowl, stirring constantly so the eggs don't scramble. Strain the mixture over a large mixing bowl to remove any lumps and then add the butter, vanilla, and pecans. Stir together and then pour into pie crust. 

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until set. Make sure to bake it with tin foil covering it, not tightly, just lay a sheet gently on top to prevent the crust from browning too fast.
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Yield: 8
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
The only pecan pie recipe you need is this Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe. It brings together all the warm and delicious flavors of the holiday season with the delicious nutty goodness from Karo Syrup.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 unbaked deep dish pie crust (I used frozen, thawed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. In a sauce pan boil together sugar and corn syrup for 2 minutes and then cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly while slowly pouring the syrup mixture into the bowl, stirring constantly so the eggs don't scramble. Strain the mixture over a large mixing bowl to remove any lumps and then add the butter, vanilla, and pecans. Stir together and then pour into pie crust.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until set. Make sure to bake it with tin foil covering it, not tightly, just lay a sheet gently on top to prevent the crust from browning too fast.

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Recipe for Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch apple pie, or apple crumble pie, is a delicious spin on a traditional apple pie. It's sugary crumble topping makes this the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving!

If someone made me choose between a traditional apple pie, and a dutch apple pie, I don't think I could choose. Although they both seem similar, they're just so different! This recipe for dutch apple pie has been in my family for years, and it's a dessert I love having at least once a year. I'm a sucker for all things apple crisp and cobbler, so putting it into a pie just feels right. If you need a recipe for Dutch apple pie this Thanksgiving, look no further, this one is perfect. 

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Recipe for Dutch Apple Pie:

This recipe for dutch apple pie is super easy to make! You start off by cooking water, apple juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and cornstarch together in a pot on the stove. Once it's thickened remove it from the heat and stir in your apples and vanilla extract. Then you'll pour the apple mixture into a frozen pie crust, bake for 10 minutes, add your crumble topping, and then bake for another 35 minutes. It's a super easy process and turns out fabulous every time. 

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Can You Make Dutch Apple Pie Ahead of Time?

Yes! I love to make all my pies the night before Thanksgiving so that it's one less thing I have to worry about the day of. Does it make it incredibly hard for me to exercise self control and not eat all the pies ahead of time? Yes. But definitely a time saver. This pie can be covered with foil, and sit at room temperature until you're ready to serve.

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Difference Between Apple Pie and Dutch Apple Pie:

The major difference between apple pie and dutch apple pie is that a traditional apple pie typically has two crusts. One on the top, and one on the bottom. A Dutch apple pie, or apple crumble pie, has one crust on the bottom, and a brown sugar crumble baked on top. Both pies are amazing, but if you love a good apple crisp, this pie might be the one for you!


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Yield: 8
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
Dutch apple pie, or apple crumble pie, is a delicious spin on a traditional apple pie. It's sugary crumble topping makes this the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving!

Ingredients

Filling
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp apple juice, apple cider, or lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups apples, cored, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 Frozen Pie Crust
Crumb Topping
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Filling
  1. In a large saucepan, combine water, juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and cornstarch. Stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook for 2 minutes, constantly stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and apples. Cool to room temperature then pour into frozen pie crust.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes covered with foil and then add the crumb topping, reduce heat to 375, and then continue baking for another 35 minutes, still covered with foil.
Crumb Topping
  1. Mix all ingredients together until it becomes crumbs and then sprinkle on top of pie.

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Baked Sweet Potato Casserole

Baked sweet potato casserole is a classic Thanksgiving side dish. If you're looking for the best sweet potato casserole recipe, this one will be a crowd pleaser.

I will admit sweet potato casserole was never a part of my Thanksgiving growing up. However, after having Thanksgiving dinner with several families in my adulthood, I have to say baked sweet potato casserole is a dish I look forward to eating each Thanksgiving. This baked sweet potato casserole has a little flare with orange spice that brings out the perfect bright and fresh flavor from this otherwise sweet dish!

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How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole:

To make this sweet potato casserole, you start by cooking your potatoes in the microwave until tender. Then you scoop the flesh out into a bowl and mash. Then you're going to mix in your orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar, 3 tbsp  butter, eggs, and maple syrup. 

Then to make the topping you'll crush some graham crackers, and then add in your sugar, two tbsp butter, sugar, cinnamon, and salt to your crumbs and then mix until well combined. 

Put your sweet potato mixture into a 9x13 baking dish, and then top with your crumb mixture and bake in the oven! It's pretty straight forward and easy!

Can I make Baked Sweet Potato Casserole ahead of time?

Yes! Make the sweet potato mixture and store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 24 hours. Then make the crumb mixture and store in a zip lock bag in the fridge for up to 24 hours as well. Allow to come to room temperature for one hour before baking, and then place your crumb mixture onto your sweet potato mixture. 


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Yield: 8
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 1 H & 4 M
Baked sweet potato casserole is a classic Thanksgiving side dish. If you're looking for the best sweet potato casserole recipe, this one will be a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes
  • non stick cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp brown sugar, divided
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 tsp nut meg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 6 graham crackers

Instructions

  1. Prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Place on paper towels in the microwave and cook on high power for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender, turning after 10 minutes. Remove from microwave and cool slightly. When potatoes are just cool enough to handle, slice each one in half and scoop the flesh into a large bowl. Mash well with a potato masher (you should have about 4 cups).
  2. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. To the sweet potato flesh, add the orange zest, orange juice, 1/4 cup of the sugar, 3 tablespoons of the butter, eggs, maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, half of the cinnamon, all of the nutmeg, and the ginger. Stir to combine. Spoon mixture into prepared dish, spreading evenly. Cover and chill until baking time or up to 24 hours.
  3. Place the graham crackers in a quart-size resealable plastic bag. Seal and use a rolling pin to crush into fine crumbs (you should have 1 cup crumbs). Add remaining butter, sugar, cinnamon, and salt to crumbs. Seal bag and shake and knead to combine. Chill crumbs until baking time or up to 24 hours.
  4. If chilled, allow sweet potato mixture to stand at room temperature for 1 hour before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle the crumbs over the sweet potato mixture. Bake for 35 minutes or until heated through (165 degrees F) and crumbs are golden.

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Moist Stuffing Recipe

This Moist Stuffing recipe is a must have on your Thanksgiving table this year! Bake in a 9x13 with chopped veggies, butter, and broth for the best stuffing you've ever had!

Back in 2013 I cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner, and this moist stuffing recipe was one of the rave dishes of the meal. I don't love the idea of cooking stuffing inside the turkey because well, that just doesn't sound appetizing to me and I have issues, so we cooked this moist stuffing recipe in a 9x13 casserole dish, but you could very well cook it inside the bird if that's your preference as well. 

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Moist Stuffing Recipe:

What makes this stuffing so moist is the fact that it's cooked with both broth and butter. I think that helps to keep things moist and not dried out, without leaving you with soggy stuffing as well. There is definitely a balance you're trying to achieve when cooking your stuffing, and I personally believe this stuffing is the best of the best. 

What You Need for This Moist Stuffing Recipe:

For this stuffing recipe you will need one 12oz bag of seasoned bread stuffing cubes. You will also need two medium onions, celery, butter, salt, pepper, turkey stock or chicken broth, celery salt, sage, thyme, rosemary and parsley. It has the perfect blend of herby thanksgiving spices that make the holiday special.  

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Can you make stuffing ahead of time?

If you're baking this in a pan in the oven you could make it the day before and then reheat it, but I don't recommend doing so. I think that stuffing is best prepared the day of. Obviously if you're making your stuffing inside your bird you'll need to do that the day of as well. 

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What is the difference between Stuffing and Dressing?

While you can certainly use the words interchangeably, and most people do... the real difference is that stuffing is usually cooked, stuffed inside the bird, while dressing is usually referred to the same dish, but cooked in a separate dish. I guess I'm a liar and this is a dressing recipe, and not a stuffing recipe. 


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Yield: 8
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 20 MinInactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 50 Min
This Moist Stuffing recipe is a must have on your Thanksgiving table this year! Bake in a 9x13 with chopped veggies, butter, and broth for the best stuffing you've ever had!

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 3 cups)
  • 6 stalks celery with leaves, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 (14-ounce) package seasoned bread stuffing cubes
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups canned turkey stock, plus 1/2 cup more if baking all of stuffing outside of turkey

Instructions

  1. In 12-inch, heavy skillet over moderate heat, heat butter until hot but not smoking. Stir in onion and celery, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. (Vegetables can be prepared up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Reheat before continuing: In 12-inch, heavy skillet over moderately high heat, sauté, stirring often, until heated through, about 5 minutes.)
  3. Transfer contents to a large bowl and add stuffing cubes, parsley, celery salt, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir in 1 1/4 cups hot stock.
  4. If using to stuff turkey: Use immediately to fill cavities and spread remainder in baking dish as directed in recipe.
  5. If baking entire recipe as in a baking dish: Preheat oven to 350°F and butter 3-quart casserole or 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Transfer stuffing to dish and drizzle with 1/2 cup hot stock. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is slightly crisp and golden, about 10 minutes longer. Serve immediately.

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Gourmet Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry sauce is a great side dish to throw in the crock pot on Thanksgiving morning. This gourmet cranberry sauce tastes amazing and will be the perfect side this holiday season.

As it turns out, I'm not a huge snob when it comes to cranberry sauce. I like homemade just as much as I like the jellied version in a can. They both have room in my life, and I'm not afraid to admit that. When we made Thanksgiving dinner in 2013, we made this gourmet cranberry sauce recipe in the slow cooker though, and it was amazing. It is the perfect set it and forget it side for Thanksgiving dinner that you can put together with little effort. 

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How to this Make Gourmet Cranberry Sauce Recipe?

This recipe is super easy to make and takes very little prep work. Simply combine your sugar, orange juice, cinnamon, water, and sugar together in the crock pot with your cranberries. Set your crock pot on high for three hours, coming back to stir it every hour. You can serve it hot or cold, but I prefer chilling before serving. 

What do you need to make Cranberry Sauce?

To make this cranberry sauce recipe you will need white sugar, brown sugar, water, orange juice, cinnamon, and 12oz of fresh cranberries. 

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Can you make Cranberry Sauce ahead of time?

Yes, in fact I would recommend it! I personally think cranberry sauce tastes better when served cold instead of hot. You can make this cranberry sauce 1-2 days before Thanksgiving and then store it in the fridge until you're ready to serve!

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And because I spaced on getting a picture of just the cranberry sauce, here you have a picture of our entire feast!

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Gourmet Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 3 HourTotal time: 3 H & 5 M
Cranberry sauce is a great side dish to throw in the crock pot on Thanksgiving morning. This gourmet cranberry sauce tastes amazing and will be the perfect side this holiday season.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 12oz fresh cranberries:

Instructions

  1. Throw everything together in the crock pot on high for three hours, stirring each hour. Then mash before serving and cool. This is seriously the easiest recipe ever!

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Thanksgiving Treat Bags| Hand Turkey Treats

Thanksgiving Treat Bags are the perfect dessert to have for young children at Thanksgiving. These Thanksgiving treat bags made with popcorn and M&Ms will be the perfect addition to your holiday.

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In the spirit of making Thanksgiving a fun holiday for kids who don't love all the Thanksgiving things, these Thanksgiving treat bags in the shape of hand turkeys would be the perfect addition to your holidays plans. I love that these treat bags take very minimal effort (although sorting M&Ms is like watching paint dry), and you can even get your kids to join in on the fun!

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Hand Turkey Thanksgiving Treat Bags:

These Thanksgiving treat bags come together with very few supplies. Simply get some m&ms, plastic gloves, popcorn, an elastic hair tie, and you can put these bags together in just a few minutes. Even better if you have small children who want to be involved in the dinner making process, set them up at the table to make some of these while they wait for other guests to arrive. They'll love being big helpers, and there really is little room for error with this project. 

Best Plastic Gloves for Treat Bags:

For these Thanksgiving treat bags you're going to want to use clear plastic, non-latex, non-powdered gloves. I bought these at Walmart and got about 120 for under $2. However, I bought adult size gloves and quickly realized that used up a lot of M&Ms. I would recommend finding some child size plastic gloves.

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Candy Variations for Thanksgiving Treat Bags:

I used M&Ms for my Thanksgiving treat bags, but you could totally switch this up with a lot of different things. Reese's pieces would be a great option since they're already fall colors. You could also use candy corn, Sixlets, Skittles, plain chocolate chips, the sky is really the limit! 

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How to Make Hand Turkey Thanksgiving Treat Bags:

To make these treat bags you're simply going to sort out all your M&Ms by color, and then put each color into one of the fingers of your plastic bag. Once your fingers are filled, put your popcorn into the middle section, and then tie it off with a small hair elastic. If you don't have hair elastics you could simply tie a small knot at the bottom, but the elastics make it much easier!

If you want to take these treat bags to the next level, you could totally glue a google eye, and a small orange paper triangle onto them to make them look like a full blown turkey. Or be lazy like me and know your children will appreciate these, even without the extras. 







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Thanksgiving Treat Bags| Hand Turkey Treats

Thanksgiving Treat Bags are the perfect dessert to have for young children at Thanksgiving. These Thanksgiving treat bags made with popcorn and M&Ms will be the perfect addition to your holiday.
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min

Ingredients

  • Classic M&Ms* See note
  • Clear Plastic Bags 
  • Popcorn 
  • Clear Hair Elastics

Instructions

  1. Start by sorting out all of your M&Ms by color. 
  2. Then place each color of M&Ms into the fingers of one of your gloves, until the finger section is filled. 
  3. Repeat this for all the M&M colors and finger sections. 
  4. Once the finger sections of your glove are filled, then pour the popcorn into the remaining open section of your glove. 
  5. Finally, tie it off at the bottom with a small hair elastic and you're finished. 
  6. Repeat this process for as many bags that you need to fill. 

Notes:

One shareable size bag of M&Ms was enough to fill one adult size glove. I recommend trying to find kids sized gloves to use less M&Ms. Purchase as much M&Ms and popcorn as you think you'll need to fill your gloves!

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