Unique Thanksgiving Recipes and CraftsI have five simple, unique Thanksgiving recipes and crafts for you today!

While I’m not a craft blogger, I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve been working on for Thanksgiving and hopefully give you some ideas in the process. As you’ll soon see, this is not your typical recipe post. This creative endeavor is way more fun than just following a plain recipe.

These crafts & recipes are foolproof which is deeply appreciated by me, a Pinterest fail. I’m sure many of you can relate. For those of you who are Pinterest achievers, add that to the list of things you’re grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Turkey Cinnamon Rolls

Turkey cinnamon rollsMost every family has some sort of tradition for their Christmas breakfast. For us, we always have a huge breakfast complete with a breakfast casserole.

Well, what about Thanksgiving? Although I know of a couple of people who cook a special breakfast for this holiday, I don’t know of many. When I got to thinking about it, I realized our family didn’t either. I set out to change that and found a recipe for turkey cinnamon rolls.

It’s not by any means perfect {remember, I’m a Pinterest fail}, but it was easy to make and delicious {which is all that counts, right?}.

This fun turkey cinnamon roll is pretty straightforward, but I’ll break it down anyway. I know I always find it helpful when other bloggers lay out each step. I’m just going to go ahead and say I bought my cinnamon rolls {thank you, Pillsbury!}. I just didn’t have enough time to make them {or beg Sydney to make them, hehe} from scratch.

Turkey Cinnamon Rolls
Serves 5
A delicious and cute Thanksgiving breakfast!
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  1. 1 can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls
  2. 10 slices of bacon
  3. 5 pieces of candy corn
  4. 5 sets of candy eyes
  5. 15 mini pretzel sticks, halved
  1. Fry ten slices of bacon and cut them in half.
  2. Cook the cinnamon rolls for the allotted time.
  3. When the cinnamon rolls come out of the oven, immediately spread the icing on top.
  4. Place four pieces of bacon in each cinnamon roll. {Put the bacon in the back so it'll stand up straight like turkey feathers.}
  5. Place the candy eyes and candy corn nose on the top of the cinnamon roll to make the turkey's face.
  6. Stick three pretzel sticks underneath both sides of the cinnamon roll to make feet.
Madelyn Victoria https://madelynvictoriablog.com/

Candy Corn Silverware Holder

Candy Corn Silverware HolderI love adding fall touches throughout the house to put everyone in the seasonal spirit {yes, I replaced “holiday” with “seasonal”}. This candy corn jar is the perfect way to arrange silverware for a fall gathering or a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends.

The best part is it literally took me three minutes to whip this together {score!}.

What you’ll need for the candy corn silverware holder:

Candy corn

Mason jar



Pour a bag of candy corn in the mason jar to fill it up about three-fourths full.

Tie ribbon around the top of the mason jar.

Arrange silverware in the jar to add a festive decoration to your kitchen.

Turkey Kisses

Turkey KissesThese turkeys made from Hershey’s kisses are for all of you craft people. For all of you non-crafty people, don’t scroll down just yet. I’m not a crafty person at all, but these chocolate turkeys are actually simple {there seems to be a theme here}.

What you’ll need for the turkey kisses:

Brown construction paper or a brown foam sheet {whatever is on hand}

Red construction paper

Paper punches, circle + scalloped circle {optional}

Red and silver Hershey’s kisses

Small googly eyes

Hot glue gun

Orange felt


  1. If you don’t have the scalloped circle and circle hole punches, you can Google “scalloped circle templates” and use the circle shape on Microsoft Word. You can also size both of these on Microsoft Word, print them out onto the construction paper/cardstock, and cut them out. It sounds like a lot, and it does take some time, but it’s not too tedious and totally worth it.
  2. Use the triangle shape on Microsoft Word {or Google “templates for triangles”} and print off a small triangle on regular paper. You will have to cut the triangle out and trace it onto the orange felt. Cut out the triangle on the orange felt to make the turkey’s nose.
  3. Google “tear drop template” and print off a small tear drop onto red construction paper. Cut it out to make the turkey’s gobble.
  4. Use the hot glue gun to glue the googly eyes to the top of the Hershey’s kiss.
  5. Hot glue the gobble to the back of the turkey’s nose.
  6. Hot glue the nose + gobble under the googly eyes on the Hershey’s kiss.
  7. Bend the bottom of the scalloped circle. Hot glue it onto the back of the circle.
  8. Place a drop of glue on the circle near the back. Plop the Hershey’s kiss {aka the turkey’s head} onto the glue.

Thanksgiving name platesAfter I made these turkey kisses, Grannie came in and loved how cute they were and even suggested using them for place cards. I took her advice that night when we had friends over for dinner. I handwrote everyone’s names on the turkey’s feathers and set them in front of each person’s plate. Judging from everyone’s oohs and ahhs, I think they were a hit!

Turkey Cheeseball

You guys, I love cheese. And cheeseballs? Don’t even get me started. In a few, I’ll share the cutest turkey cheeseball recipe {and guess what? It’s super easy!}.

First though, let’s talk about appetizers and how underrated they are. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I get hungry frequently. If I go a certain length of time without putting some sort of nourishment in my body, I get hangry. And believe me, you do not want to see me in that frightening state.

Waiting for the big meal on Thanksgiving leaves me feeling, you guessed it, hangry. I wish there was some sort of snack hosts could serve their guests when the stomach rumbles set in. Filling enough to hold you over until turkey and dressing is served but light enough so you don’t spoil you appetite. Something classy. Creative. Simple.

Cue the turkey cheeseball! {I know y’all totally saw where I was going with this but thanks for pretending to be surprised anyway.}

Because this appetizer is supposed to be easy to make and cooking isn’t really my thing, I didn’t make my own cheese ball. I bought it from the deli section in our grocery store {shh, don’t tell}. I’m sure there are hundreds of cheeseball recipes on Pinterest, though, if you’re not lazy and want to make your own.

Turkey Cheeseball
This turkey cheeseball is the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving.
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  1. Cheeseball
  2. Mini pretzel sticks
  3. 1 set of candy eyes
  4. 1 piece of candy corn
  5. Semi-sweet chocolate chips {or any other kind of melting chocolate}
  1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave {use your judgement on how many chocolate chips you'll need. I melted about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips}. Be sure to melt them in fifteen second intervals stirring in between.
  2. Coat two pretzel sticks in the chocolate and place them on parchment paper. {Make sure the pretzels are stuck directly beside each other.}
  3. Place the candy eyes and candy corn nose on the chocolate face.
  4. Freeze the turkey's head for 30-45 minutes {or whenever it is hard}.
  5. Arrange the pretzel sticks {feathers} and chocolate head in the cheeseball.
  6. Serve with crackers and enjoy!
Madelyn Victoria https://madelynvictoriablog.com/

Turkey Sugar Cookies

Turkey Sugar CookiesWhat’s the most important part of every meal?

Dessert, hands down.

Thanksgiving dessert, though, surpasses all other desserts throughout the year. The abundance of pumpkin and pecan pie and every type of cake is what I dream about all year.

The other day while I wasted hours on Pinterest instead of working on homework like I was supposed to {shame, shame, I know}, I got an idea for the cutest Thanksgiving dessert.

Turkey sugar cookies!

Turkey Sugar Cookies
This recipe is great if you're looking to bake a less traditional dessert for a Thanksgiving meal. I can almost guarantee no one else will have a sweet treat that is this cute and unique.
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  1. 1 package of Betty Crocker sugar cookies {makes 3 dozen cookies}
  2. 3 dozen pieces of candy corn
  3. 3 dozen sets of candy eyes
  4. A bag of pecans {4 pecans per cookie}
  5. Semi-sweet chocolate chips {or any other type of melting chocolate}
  6. 6 dozen mini pretzel sticks, broken into thirds.
  1. Bake the Betty Crocker sugar cookies according to the package's instructions. After the cookies have cooled, place them on parchment paper.
  2. Heat the chocolate chips in the microwave until melted. {Do this in 15-30 second intervals so the chocolate doesn't burn. Stir in between.}
  3. Spread the chocolate onto the top of the cookie.
  4. Arrange the pecans on the top of the cookie to make the turkey's "feathers."
  5. Place the candy eyes and the candy corn nose below the feathers.
  6. Arrange three of the broken pretzel sticks near the front of the cookie to make the turkey's foot. Repeat on the other side as well.
  7. Freeze for one hour or until frozen. Store in refrigerator afterwards.
Madelyn Victoria https://madelynvictoriablog.com/


I hope this post gave you a few ideas for Thanksgiving. Please let me know in the comment section if you try any of these recipes or crafts. I’d love to hear about it!

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