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Need A Kid Friendly Turkey Day Desert

This year, I relinquished Thanksgiving to my sister, as I'm about to embark on knee surgery. Figured it was a bit too much for me to deal with this year.

Anyway, I would like to make a desert. However she has all the usual suspects covered already. I realized, however, that the kids, of which there are many, do not really enjoy the typical desserts associated with Thanksgiving.

So, I'm looking for something more geared towards them - a chocolate delight would be great. Some fantastic brownie recipe perhaps. I had thought about doing my chewy ginger cookies - but my sister specifically asked me NOT to, since she herself isn't nuts about that type of flavor and knows her kids aren't either. They are, however, chocoholics, as are all my other neices and nephews.

I'm game for anything except a cake. Cookies, some kind of bar, brownies, etc., as long as it travels ok.


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  1. why not make a smores brownie. Find your favorite brownie recipe. Bake as usual. When still warm spread marshmallow fluff over brownie. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks or chopped hershey bars. Put in oven for a few minutes to melt chocolate. Sprinkle with some crushed graham cracker crumbs.

    You can bake & finish the whole thing in one of those foil pans.

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    1. re: sugarbuzz

      Great idea! Sounds pretty easy too!

    2. I don't know any kid who would turn down chocolate pudding with a dollop of whipped cream. You'd have to transport it in a cooler but I'd bet you would not have any leftovers.

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      1. re: Candy

        Great idea, but I'm trying to avoid anything which needs to be refrigerated. I'm going to have a long drive and a stop over to a hotel first - so I need things which hold well. Too bad tho - pudding is always a pleaser!

      2. This year I'm making spiced molasses cookies with pumpkin ice cream sandwiches (I'm travelling with dry ice, eight hour drive to Utah). You could use another cookie flavor (oatmeal, cinnamon sugar, white chocolate chip and pecan) with pumpkin ice cream.

        1. Chocolate recipes appreciated please! The kids in my family dislike those "fall" spices and ingredients (i.e.; pumpkins, fruit pies). We had those covered for the adults already, as I wrote. That was my problem! Call them strange, but that's the situation. I'm trying to be a good Aunt!

          1. I have a recipe for chocolate peanut butter brownies where you dollop the peanut butter batter on top and swirl (like cream cheese brownies) that kids usually love. I chop up Reese's pb cups on top before baking. I can dig up the recipe if you'd like.

            1. Would the kids be interested in doing a cookie decorating project with you while you wait for the bid dinner?

              I could imagine using some awesome home-made chocolate cookies or other bars and rounds and then using royal icing to stick on fall colores m&ms or non-pareils to decorate with thanksgiving themes...

              otherwise, if that's too ambitious, how about a quick chocolate fondue with the kids-- you can make sugar cookies, brownies, what have you , then do a simple chocolate sauce in the microwave.

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              1. re: MaspethMaven

                Wow, that is a wonderful idea. All of the kids are very creative types and that would be a great way to keep them partially out of my sister's way for a while too. Thanks for thinking of that!

                I like the fondue idea too - I have a fondue pot which has been gathering dust - what better time to pull it out?

                1. re: sivyaleah

                  Another idea for a kid project dessert:
                  Oreo Turkeys

                  This looks like Thanksgiving, with non-pumpkin ingrediants

                  Indian Corn Cake ... the idea ... you can use real frosting and cake, not canned and boxed ... and I'd use a chocolate cake with those Reese's peanut butter pieces.

                  I don't know ... personally I'd stay away from a pot full of hot melted chocolate around a group of kids.

              2. These cupcakes decorated like turkeys are quite possibly the CUTEST dessert I've ever seen. You could bake them, get the fixins together, and assemble with the little guys. And watch all the adults swoon over them (i mean the cupcakes. okay and the kids too)


                n.b. the recipe is for pumpkin cupcakes but I'd say just make chocolate and decorate them as shown.

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                1. re: amandine

                  I just love Martha :-) Those are too adorable for words. I guess I could do them chocolate, which would go over better than pumpkin. And I would have to make enough for the adults too - I think there would be some minor fighting over them otherwise :-)