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Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Every year on the day before Thanksgiving, my mom, my husband, and I spend the entire day making baked goods that include Turkey Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Pumpkin Logs, Candied Pecans, and Pumpkin Pie! I can’t give away all our recipes (some are secret), but I can give you some!

Here we go!

Turkey Cookies 


For this recipe you’ll need Queen Anne chocolate-covered cherries, Fudge Stripes Cookies, Candy corn, and vanilla frosting.


First you’ll want to cut one cookie in half to form the feet of the turkey. Next, using frosting, you’ll paste five candy corns to the back of a whole cookie to form the wings of the turkey. Also using frosting, you paste a smaller candy corn to the front of a Queen Anne chocolate (its the beak!). Then put frosting on the bottom of the chocolate candy and on the back to attach it to the wings and the feet.


Ta-daaa! Turkey army time! They are pretty delicate so, to help the frosting set, place the cookies in the fridge for a couple of minutes.

Candied Pecans

For this recipe you will want a bag of pecan halves (four cups), 3 large eggs (just use the egg whites), sugar (1 cup), cinnamon (1 teaspoon), and butter (1/2 stick).


Mix egg whites, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Then mix in 4 cups of pecan halves. Melt down the butter and coat the tin foil covered baking pan. Spread out the pecans on the sheet and bake at 350degrees for 30 minutes and flip them every 10 minutes.


They’re delicious!

Royal Icing Flooding Cookies

These are a new addition to our tradition.

We make our own dough from scratch and then cut out the fun pieces!

After letting the cookies cool overnight we prepped all our colors!


We’re still learning, but I think these came out great!


Why so many desserts, you might ask?! You might see those plates in the background. Every year on Thanksgiving morning we take several plates of sweets to our neighbors and to the workers at the Fire Station near my house. It’s probably one of my favorite things to do!

What are some of your family traditions?




26 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Family Traditions”

  1. Beautiful cookies! Remembering childhood days spending hours in the kitchen with Mama baking and decorating cookies. Passed along the tradition to my daughters… Oh the memories! ❤ Sharing and wishing you a Blessed and Beautiful Thanksgiving and holiday season… xo

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      1. You’re welcome! It was mostly good. My Grandma was (and is) in the hospital so it was my first one without her, and that was no fun. But otherwise, it was nice to see the rest of the fam, and the food was great! I hope yours was wonderful!

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          1. Thank you. It’s definitely really tough. I wasn’t able to visit her. I still haven’t been able to between her not feeling up to having visitors, to my kids and I fighting a cold right now that I don’t want to pass to her. I’m hoping she will be home soon though. Thank you!

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