Turkey-Themed Treats

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because there is no gift-giving pressure. Everyone can find something that pleases them at the Thanksgiving table because it’s really all about the food! There was a time when I didn’t really look forward to Thanksgiving, particularly when my husband was deployed overseas, and especially the year my mom died (and he was also deployed). I think that was the year I bought a turkey loaf because I didn’t see the sense in roasting a turkey for just me and two small kids. Worst turkey decision ever! What came out of the oven was a slimy (gravy included in the pan), spongy, block of starch that made no pretense at tasting palatable. After that experience, you bet I won’t even go near it or other turkey-esque products like Tofurkey.

If you’re anything like me, by this time you are starting to question your ambitious Thanksgiving plans. I have decided to downgrade some of the dishes I wanted to prepare just to relieve myself of the stress. But that doesn’t mean that we let the bird have the only starring role. Here are some treats that require minimal effort and are fun to make. but screams Thanksgiving. So enjoy!

Pretzel-Rod Turkey – Courtesy of Inside Bru Crew Life

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Fruit Platter Turkey – Courtesy of Steve Dembo (Flickr)

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Turkey Veggie Tray – via Pinterest

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Veggie and Cheese Ball Platter  – The Good Stuff

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Turkey-shaped Cheese Tray – Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

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Turkey Cheese Ball – Courtesy of Hallmark

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Turkey Antipasti Courtesy of Megan’s Island

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Turkey-shaped Pizza – Courtesy of Momma on the Rocks

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Turkey Cupcakes – Courtesy of Buzzfeed

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies – Courtesy of Pillsbury

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No-Bake Candy-Cookie Turkeys – Courtesy of Pillsbury

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Chocolate No-Egg Turkey Cake – Courtesy of 3FatChicks

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Tom Turkey Cake Pops – Cake Pop Lady (Flickr)

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Turkey Donut Holes – Courstesy of Party Pinching

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Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats – Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

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Candy Turkey Bites – Courtesy of Iowa State Daily

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