Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner Recap

by Darla

Before I post my last one or two Thanksgiving ideas, I wanted to share a recap of some of the recipes I’m making this year, and some other ideas I’ve used in the past. Obviously, they’re mostly dessert, but there’s some delicious salad, and of course, some incredible dinner rolls. If you’re still trying to think of that one more thing to make your Thanksgiving dinner just right, then maybe you’ll find it here. :)

First up, my most recent Autumn treat…and one of my favorite treats in a while: Caramel Filled Brownies with easy fondant mums. Okay, let’s clear one thing up right now, mums or no mums, these brownies are freaking delicious. I’m guilty of eating almost the entire batch by myself. Yes, really.

Beyond the fact that they’re wonderful to eat, they’re wonderful to look at. The mums are incredibly easy, and they make such a lovely impact, especially on top of the dark brown chocolate ganache.

Everything about this recipe is easy, and it can be made a few days in advance, as well as in pieces, then put together the day your serving it.

My next couple of suggestions are for fast, delicious breakfast treats that everyone will think took hours (and really only took minutes).

Up first are Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Scones. Hearty, filling, sweet and nutty…these have a great, warm Autumn flavor that everyone will love.

These Easy (no-rise!!) Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls were a huge hit with my family…even the ones who thought they didn’t like nuts. These are so fast and yummy, but you can save even more time in the morning by preparing the cinnamon rolls the night before. Just complete them up until the point when they would normally go in the oven, then cover them and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. Allow the rolls to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, then bake as usual.

I can honestly say that we never had salad at our Thanksgiving get togethers when I was a kid, but this Cranberry Spinach Salad is the perfect start to Thanksgiving dinner. Sweet and tart, light and delicious, it’s perfectly paired with turkey and stuffing.

One of my very favorite Autumn treats, and something that I make every, single Thanksgiving is my Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Bread. Since i don’t like pumpkin pie (*gasp*), this is usually how I get my pumpkin fix. And what a fix it is…yum!!

If you’re looking for something really unique, lovely, and tasty, these Elegant Autumn Rice Crispy Treats are just the ticket. They’re much easier than they look, and everyone will be so impressed that the decor is also dessert!

To me, it’s not Thanksgiving dinner without fluffy Easy Yeast Dinner Rolls. It just isn’t. These rolls are absolutely heavenly, and they are so much easier than you think. If you’ve never made fresh bread before, these are a fantastic first foray into the bread world.

These Cinnamon Caramel Apple “Pumpkins” are such a perfect Autumn treat. They look like pumpkins, they taste like Fall, and they make people smile…what more could you want? :)

For a simpler dessert choice, my GorpnMore Cookies definitely fit the bill. They’re peanut butter oatmeal cookies with all kinds of goodies mixed in. I added pretzels, M&Ms, raisins, and walnuts, but you can stir in any little yummy that you like.

Another pumpkin dessert that I really enjoy in place of pumpkin pie is pumpkin cheesecake. Last year, I put a different spin on it with Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Ginger Snap Crusts. You can make these as-is, or you can make the recipe into a traditional sized cheesecake, but either way, you won’t be sorry. This is an excellent recipe and a wonderful substitution of the traditional pie.

For some different flavors this year, you can make Brown Sugar Walnut and Orange Cupcakes. These orange cupcakes are topped with a brown sugar walnut glaze and cream cheese frosting. This is one of my favorite cupcake recipes that I’ve ever made,a dn the flavors work perfectly for Autumn.

Another slightly orange-y treat, Soft Ginger Cookies with Ginger-Orange Filling, is a great blend of sweet, tart, and spicy. They’re sort of like spicy whoopie pies, but with a little more cookie texture, and they are seriously delicious. O adore the filling in these, and have been contemplating trying it on a cake, but for now, these cookies are the perfect complement to it.

Similar to my pumpkin bread, these Pumpkin Spice Cakes are moist, spicy, and wonderful. Plus, they’re filled with cream cheese! Can’t beat that!!

Finally, one of my favorite cakes, my Maple Nut Cake. I used the very last of my Vermont maple syrup to make this last year, and it was worth every drop. The flavors are perfect for Fall, adn the decorations are super fast and easy.

Stay tuned for one or two more fun Turkey Day goodies. And no matter what you cook and eat on Thanksgiving Day, be safe, be happy, and enjoy!

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1 Choc Chip Uru November 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Your thanksgiving looks fantastic :)
If it was custom in Aus, I know where I would be getting my recipes from :)

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2 Montana November 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

IKR!

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3 Becca November 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Holy Turkey, I want to make so many of these recipes! For real, I want to make all of these for Thanksgiving, but I’m not sure if I’ll have time. Also, quick question about the dinner rolls, is it ok to make the rolls on wednesday and then jus reheat them on Thanksgiving, or would it be better to bake them the day of? Thanks :)

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4 alyssa November 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Thanks for putting together this spread! Because my thanksgiving has passed I feel like I can really enjoy all the recipes being posted without wondering how the heck I’m going to fit in yet another dessert or salad I just can’t resist. Hope your day is wonderful.

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5 y November 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm

That is such a beautiful cake!! I love the colors, simplicity, and the aesthetics remind me of Ikebana floral design. Simply lovely.

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