Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas for a Virtual Baking Session with the Family

Don’t let distancing ruin your family Thanksgiving this year! Instead, think positive, get creative, and plan ways to celebrate togetherness while apart—like a virtual Friendsgiving party or a fun family baking collab online

Using your preferred streaming platform, you can have family members bake the same fall dessert recipe at the same time in their own home kitchens, with Mom or Nana as baking tutor. Or you can choose a combination of easy Thanksgiving goodies for the kids to help each other with online, while the adults demonstrate their own fall dessert specialties. 

Just imagine the aroma of autumn baking spices filling your kitchens, and warming your hearts for Thanksgiving—even if you can’t gather to savor the treats together!

Turkey Treats: Easy Recipes for Kids to Make

Such cute and clever ways for the youngsters to bring the Thanksgiving turkey to the table…in a sweet way! Using fave snacks and candies as "ingredients," the kids will have a blast assembling these cuties.

Turkey Treats for a Virtual Thanksgiving Bakeoff

1 – Turkey Pop Rice Krispie Treats – from Rice Krispies. com
Rice Krispies pressed into balls on lolly sticks, dipped in melted chocolate, and "feathered" with candy corn

2 – Nutty for the Holidays: Turkey Treats for Thanksgiving – from Celebrate and Decorate
Nutter Butter cookies form the bodies and base, while candy eyes, gummy candies, and candy corn tail feathers are held on with melted chocolate

3 – Peanut Butter Cup Turkey Cookies – from Imperial Sugar
A real triple treat! Peanut butter cookies (you can bake from scratch with this recipe, or buy ready-made), peanut butter cups, and peanut butter butter-cream frosting

4 – Easy Turkey Brownies – from Savory by Stop and Shop
Fudgey, frosted brownies (home-baked or store-bought) each topped with a chocolate-covered peppermint patty, candy eyes, and M&Ms for turkey features

5 – Turkey Oreo Pops – from Candiquik
Double Stuf Oreo® cookies get an extra dip of melted chocolate Candiquik® coating, then candy eyes and a candy corn beak and fringe

6 – Kit Kat Turkey Cupcakes – from Hershey’s Kitchens
Frosted cupcakes turn into turkeys with a mini Resse’s cup "face," candy eyes, a Reese’s peanut butter chip "beak," and Kit Kat® sections for a "tail"

Thanksgiving Desserts: Special Recipes for the Grownups

Have an heirloom cake, pie, or cookie recipe that the family always serves on Thanksgiving? No reason you can’t bake it while coaching one another online.  Or you can choose from these fall dessert recipes to try something new!

Thanksgiving Bakeoff Ideas for Adults

1 – Cranberry Apple Pumpkin Bundt – from Sweet Sensations
Hearty goodness overload with fall harvest  produce in cake form—plus pecans, walnuts, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice

2 – Pumpkin Cheesecake – from Lidl.com
A smooth, creamy cheesecake made with pumpkin puree and a spicy gingersnap cookie crust

3 – Spicy Hot Chocolate Brownie Cookies – from Duncan Hines
Prepared brownie mix yields these decadent bites, made even richer with chocolate chips and a surprise kick of chili powder and ground red pepper

4 – Sweet Potato Pie Cookies – from Pillsbury
Filled cookie cups using canned sweet potatoes and refrigerated cookie dough, flavored with pumpkin pie spice and a dollop of marshmallow creme

5 – Apple Cake with Caramel Butter Sauce – from Land O’ Lakes
Classic autumn flavors in each slice of this moist apple cake, with the crunch of walnuts and the buttery richness of caramel sauce

6 – Butternut Bourbon Cream Pie – from PBS Food
A golden filling of puréed roasted butternut squash inside a nutty, cookie-like crust, topped with a layer of Bourbon whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon-butter toasted pumpkin seeds 

Of course, even all this scrumptiousness can’t replace being together this Thanksgiving. But make the most of alternatives like this virtual family baking session to still share the love.

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