Thanksgiving Cupcakes and Cookies For All Ages

I can’t believe Canadian Thanksgiving is this coming Monday.  Where has the year gone? I love this time of year.

I love fall

I love making cupcakes and when there is a major holiday involved even better.  I had fun getting ideas on Pinterest. I love owls and turkeys are part of the holiday. I went out and bought my ingredients and all the extras.

I had fun shopping for all the ingredients.

Talk about a sugar high!!  I should add that all this baking is for 20 people for Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂

The owls are so cool and easy to make!!
Gobble Gobble!! Get the little ones to help you decorate the cookies.
Your frosting will look professional just by mixing your frosting colours together in the piping bag.

Thanksgiving Cupcakes

What you will need:

  1. Cupcakes, any flavour
  2. Butter cream frosting, any colours. Darker colours work best for the owls .
  3.  Betty Crocker chocolate frosting
  4. Oreos. I found pumpkin flavoured but regular Oreos will work too.
  5. Halloween Chips Ahoy, any chocolate chip cookie is fine
  6. Halloween Smarties
  7. Candy corn
  8. Sprinkles
  9. Candy eyes
  10. Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses
  11. Food colouring
  12. Piping bag and Wilton 1M tip
  13. Cake Mate orange icing tube
  • Owl Cupcakes: Betty Crocker chocolate frosting, Oreos, and Smarties. Frost the cupcakes and take apart two oreos for the eyes, add Smarties to each oreo cookie. Use a orange Smartie for the nose and 2 brown ones for the ears.
  • Chocolate Orange Cupcake: Food colouring to make orange for the butter cream frosting and Betty Crocker chocolate frosting, Wilton 1M frosting tip, and piping bag. Start with the orange and add the chocolate frosting to the bag. Pipe the frosting swirling around to the tip.
  • Turkey Cookies:  Halloween Chips Ahoy cookies, Betty Crocker chocolate frosting, candy corn, candy eye balls, Cake Mate orange frosting tube. Frost the cookies and add the candy corn to the tops of the cookie (about 6 in a row). Place 2 candy eyeballs just below the candy corn to make the eyes. Pipe orange frosting to make the beak and turkey legs.
  • Witches Hat Cookies: Oreos, Betty Crocker chocolate frosting, Hershey chocolate kisses, sprinkles. Take a blob of frosting and sprinkle the sprinkles on. Squish the Hershey kiss into the frosting.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!



Who loves cookies and brownies??  I do!!!   How about putting them together and then you have best of both worlds. I used a muffin-top pan for this recipe that I found in First For Women magazine. This recipe makes 9 Brookies so you won’t be using all the wells.

Gluten-Free and Dairy Free Brookies

I altered the recipe as we have almond and peanut allergies in the house.

Coconut galore!!


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour (I used all purpose gluten free flour)
  • 3/4 cups coconut palm sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbs coconut oil (divided)
  • 2 large eggs (divided)
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract (divided)
  • 3 tbs cacao nibs
  • 6 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp honey

Heat oven to 325 f, in a bowl, mix first 3 ingredients and 1/4 tsp salt; divide mixture in half.

Goodness mixed together

For cookie, stir in coconut flour, 3 tbs coconut oil, 1 egg, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and cacao nibs into half the four mixture. Cover; chill 1 hr

Everything tastes better when chocolate is included. 🙂

For Brownie, mix cocoa, honey and remaining oil, egg, vanilla and flour mixture;  spray the wells with coconut oil or whatever you have on hand, press 2 tbs in each well. I had to add a little bit of water as it was a little on the dry side.

It smells so good.

Flatten out 2 tbs cookie dough to make a disc and place on brownie. Bake 15 minutes or until done. I had to add a little bit of water as it was on the dry side.

Gluten free and dairy free version.
The boys liked it with Gluten and nut free Chapmans Ice cream.