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Recipe: Tasty Thanksgiving Cut-Outs!

Published November 4, 2011 8:51 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Before writing today's recipe post, I decided to take a quick glance back at my November blog entries from the past three years. In doing so I realized that I have not written many recipes for turkey time!

This year at our preschool, we are preparing a pint-sized turkey day feast right before our Thanksgiving holiday break. We have started brainstorming and planning the creative dishes we will prepare with the students for that festive event, so over the next three weeks, I will share with you some our delicious kid-friendly turkey day recipes!

Tasty Turkey-day Cut-Outs


  • Fall/Thanksgiving cookie cutter shapes (e.g., leaves, turkeys, acorns)
  • Rolling pins
  • Parchment paper (which is oven and toaster oven safe)
  • Prepared pie crust
  • Flour
  • Brown sugar
  • A favorite fall jam (e.g., cranberry) or spread like pumpkin butter
  • Cream cheese
  • *Ideally you will need an oven or toaster oven for this recipe.


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. *Have the children wash their hands!
  2. Give each child a piece of parchment paper, with a tablespoon of flour and a ball of prepared pie crust. On the floured surface, have the children roll out the prepared pie crust so that it is flat.
  3. Have the children choose the cookie cutter of their choice. Instruct them to make two of their dough shapes. (You will need pairs of shapes, so that the treat can be put together like a sandwich). For each pocket, spread a layer of cream cheese and then a layer of jam on one of the cutout pieces.
  4. Place the other cutout on top, pressing the edges together to make a seal all the way around the shapes so that the cream cheese and jam are in the center (You can use a fork to help push down and create the seal).
  5. Sprinkle the top generously with brown sugar.
  6. Bake the mini cutouts on a parchment-covered cookie sheet until their edges are just beginning to brown, about 12 minutes (may need to be shorter/longer depending on the oven you are using). Let them rest and cool for a few minutes and then enjoy!

For some fun and simple Thanksgiving Day Turkey Crafts that are perfect for the classroom, check out my Gobble-Gobble Turkey Crafts post from 11/18/08!


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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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