Thanksgiving Cookies + Turkey Craft For Toddlers
We have been stuck inside a lot these days due to the smoke in northern California. I have had to try to be creative to come up with things to do with my twins since I don’t want to take them outside every day, even if it is to go to another indoor activity. Some of the days, the air quality was just so bad that even in the house I was not feeling right and didn’t want to chance taking them out in the air (with a mask on or not!).
After exhausting all of the basic things to do at home I decided to explore projects I saved on Pinterest that I of course wanted to do but seem to never have the time to accomplish! I tried to focus on crafts that were just for Thanksgiving and the one that was best for these guys was to make little turkeys! We also found some print out coloring pages (you can visit my boards below to see what might work for you!). I took them to Target as an outing to get some craft supplies (and snacks) that way it kind of completed two different activities to stay busy. Target one day, crafting the next!
In addition to some crafts, our other favorite mommy and toddler activity to do is baking! This time of year, I always have cookies baking, I just can’t help myself. My one guy is SUPER into it and I let him kind of lead the way with this recipe. He wanted a “cocoa – chocolate” cookie and we had some left-over Reese’s Pieces from our movie day. By the way, if you haven’t taken your kids to see The Grinch yet, do it! It was so cute and entertaining that it held my two, two-year old’s attention for the full movie!!
Well I am sure you don’t want to hear me go into too much detail over all of this because you are also looking for something fast to do with your kids. So on to the recipe and links!
SIMPLE TURKEY TODDLER CRAFTS
I used the template found at All Kids Network. They have so much free content available. All you have to do is sign up for access and you can print. This is the Turkey Printable you can get after you sign up! If you are often looking for templates and kid activity sheets, this is a great resource!
Supplies you will need are mainly construction paper, glue sticks and safety scissors. However, I thought it was more fun to add googly eyes rather than cut them out, so I picked those up when I was at the store. You can also find them on Amazon and most dollar stores.
This is my grandmother’s traditional chocolate chip recipe. She actually just cut the sugar in the Tollhouse cookie recipe, so they are lighter and fluffy. I have played around with this recipe quite a bit to come up with different cookie recipes and that is how we came up with these. As I said earlier, I let my son guide on what he wanted, he requested chocolate cookies so instead of the ¼ of flour typically used, we traded that out for cocoa powder. We named them Joe-Gi’s Thanksgiving Chip Cookies. (Joe-Gi, because that is what his brother calls him). He originally called them “little poots” because of the size and coloring and, well, that just did not sound as appetizing! Though, it did not stop me from downing like 10 of them!
We hope you like them as much as we do!
“Joe-Gi’s” Thanksgiving Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
¼ Cocoa Powder
2 Sticks Butter (salted, room temp)
½ Cup White Sugar
½ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 ½ Teaspoon (pure, non-alcohol) Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Reese’s Pieces (you could also sub for peanut butter chips; the Reese's just gave it a perfect color for fall and Thanksgiving)
1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Beat Sugar and Butter together until well blended
Add in Eggs and Vanilla and baking soda
Beat until combine
Then slowly add in dry ingredients, I like to start with the cocoa powder
Once all of the mixture has formed into dough fold in chocolate chips and Reese’s or peanut butter chips
Scoop (with your cookie scoop size of choice) on cookie sheet.
Bake 9-12 minutes, depending on size of cookie and oven
** start with 9 mins and then increase 1 minute to find what is best. I found for small cookies 9 minutes and large cookies are closer to 12 mins
Let cookies sit on tray for about 1-2 minutes after you remove them from the oven, then transfer them to a cooling rack.