How to make Thanksgiving-themed treats

Thanksgiving  is a wonderful time to share gratitude with friends and family. It’s also a great opportunity to gorge yourself on delicious homemade food. Here are three ideas for some special treats on this special holiday.

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Turkey Cupcakes

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  • Undecorated cupcakes
  • Red, Yellow, and Brown Candy Melts (I used Wilton brand Candy Melts purchased from Michaels)
  • Food coloring
  • Whipped Cream (see recipe at bottom)


  1. Cut two strips of parchment paper as shown below.

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  2. Melt a handful of red candy melts in a Ziploc bag by microwaving them at 30 second intervals while stirring/kneading in between. Once this has been done, cut off a small corner of the Ziploc bag so that it can act as a piping bag. Do the same with a handful of red and yellow candy melts in one Ziploc bag to get an orange color. Add more yellow for a lighter orange.
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  3. On one strip of parchment paper, use the red or orange to pipe out two feathers across from each other. See the picture below.

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  4. Then, use the remaining color to pipe out two feathers on top of the already made feathers.

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  5. Change back to the color you used in step 4 and make one feather in the middle.

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  6. Drag a toothpick down the middle of the tail while the candy melts are still melted.

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  7. Continue to make as many turkey tails as you need. Make sure to spread them out and move onto the second strip of parchment paper once you run out of room.
  8. Melt a handful of brown candy melts using the process in step 2.
  9. In the space between the turkey tails that have dried, pipe out a short brown line. Then pipe out a dot at the end of the line, and using the tip of the Ziploc bag, drag out the dot to one side. If you need to, you can adjust the shape with a toothpick. This will be the body of the turkey.

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  10. Once all of the candy melt pieces have dried, put a small red dot onto the base of one of the tails. Then take a turkey body and press it into the melted candy, which acts like a glue.

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  11. Dye some whipped cream light brown by using equal amounts of red, green, and yellow. Then, place the icing tip (shown below) in a Ziploc bag and cut off a small corner. Scoop the whipped cream into the bag.
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  12. Starting from the middle of a cupcake, pipe out a continuous line in a circular pattern.

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  13. Place a completed turkey in the middle of the cupcake at a tilt.

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  14. Dye some whipped cream orange with equal amounts of red and yellow, and dye some whipped cream yellow.
  15. Place the icing tip (shown below) in a Ziploc bag and cut off a small corner. Fill half the bag with orange whipped cream and the other half with yellow. When you pipe it out, it should look like this.
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  16. Pipe out dots along the edge of the cupcake by placing the tip of the Ziploc bag at a certain point, squeezing out a little whipped cream and then stopping before removing the tip of the bag from the point.

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  17. You are finished! Sit back and enjoy your delicious turkey cupcakes.

Cupcake Pies

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  • Whipped Cream (see recipe at bottom)
  • Undecorated Cupcakes
  • Jam, Jelly, or Preserves. In this example, I am using Raspberry Preserves.
  • Food coloring


  1. Dye some whipped cream brown using equal amounts of green, red, and yellow food coloring.
  2. Place the tips (shown below) into two Ziploc bag and then cut of the corners. Scoop some brown whipped cream into both bags and set aside for now.
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  3. Using a knife, spread some jam/jelly/preserves onto the center of a cupcake.

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  4. Use the bag with the star shaped tip, and outline the edge of the cupcake.

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  5. Using the plain circular tip,  pipe out stripes within the circle of whip cream.

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  6. Then, pipe out more stripes perpendicular or slanted to the already made stripes.
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  7. Enjoy your delicious treats.


Whipped Cream


  • 1 Carton of Heavy Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar


  1. Pour one carton of heavy cream into a large bowl.
  2. Whisk or beat with an electric mixer on medium.
  3. Once the heavy cream develops a layer of bubbles, add the vanilla and sugar.

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  4. Continue whisking or beating until the whipped cream becomes stiff.

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  5. Taste test the whipped cream. If it is not sweet enough, mix in more sugar.

Michelle Zhang

Michelle is a junior at Conant Highschool, and this is her second year on the Crier staff. This year she is going to be the editor of the new Lifestyle section. During the school year she is on the golf team and the math team. Outside of school she loves to bake, read, and spend time with her family.

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