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Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipe Collection


The one day of the year we food lovers all wait for is nearly upon us. Whether your favorite part is the cooking, the eating, or both, we can all agree that Thanksgiving is a pretty awesome day. I hope you’ll find the time to be with family and friends, because the only thing better than good food is sharing it with good people.

I can’t tell you where your holiday may take you, but I can tell you that you’re going to have one hell of a meal. All you have to do is consult this comprehensive list. From apps to sides and desserts, I’ve got all the grounds covered. I’ve even got a few meatless main dishes for y’all. If you’ve got a vegetarian attending your dinner, please consider making something for them. Or, if you are the vegetarian, you can bring one of these dishes yourself.

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  1. Gnocchi, Pumpkin, Kale & Cheddar Soup
  2. Crispy Acorn Squash Fries w/ Cheddar-Sage Sauce
  3. 3-Cheese Bacon Party Bread
  4. 4-Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip
  5. Loaded Nacho Cups
  6. Jalapeno Popper Bread
  7. Pumpkin Hummus

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  1. Pick-Your-Flavor Mini Pies
  2. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stuffed Sugar Cookie Sandwiches
  3. Pumpkin Oreo Chip Blondies with Maple Glaze
  4. 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Truffles
  5. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Turkeys
  6. Maple Pumpkin Pie with Brown Butter Crust
  7. Gingerbread-Chocolate-Pumpkin Trifle
  8. Roasted Turkey Cake

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  1. Baked Caramelized Onion Mac & Cheese
  2. Extra Crispy Parmesan Smashed Potatoes
  3. Mini Twice-Baked Potato Puffs
  4. Cheesy Twice-Baked Caramelized Onion & Sage Sweet Potatoes
  5. Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Mac & Cheese
  6. Roasted Brown Butter Peewee Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts
  7. Extra Creamy 4-Cheese Stovetop Mac & Cheese
  8. Ma’s Sweet Potato Casserole
  9. From-Scratch Cheddar Green Bean Casserole
  10. No-Bake Twice-Baked Potato Mash
  11. Ma’s Baked Corn Pudding

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  1. Cheesy Baked Butternut Squash Ravioli & Spinach
  2. Butternut Squash Alfredo Gnocchi
  3. Eggplant Parmigiana
  4. Pumpkin Alfredo Tortellini
  5. Caramelized Onion & Butternut Squash Lasagna Pie
  6. Sage & Spinach Pesto

What are you making this Turkey Day?

The Weekender: TV Appearances + First Taste of the Holidays

Pick Your Flavor Mini PiesCan anyone believe that fall is winding down already? I can’t even really call it “fall” here anymore because all I see is snow and 30 or below temperatures. That might be why I’ve gotten into the holiday spirit a little early this season.

But before I got too ahead of myself, we squeezed in a few more Thanksgiving appropriate recipes. Let’s review, shall we?

  1. Fontina Blush Sauce with Ravioli & Eggplant
  2. Pumpkin Cookie Dough Stuffed Sugar Cookie Sandwiches
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  4. Pick-Your-Flavor Mini Pies

I took those Mini Pies over to WKTV News Channel 2 this past Saturday to talk about Thanksgiving desserts. If you didn’t get a chance to see me, check out the segment below.

Even though it’s a bit early in the season, I’ve started collecting an array of fun holiday finds from this owl mug (Walmart)….


…to this fantastic Holiday Hello Kitty...


…and her friend that my boyfriend bought for me. He knows the way to my heart. No roses, just Hello Kitty.

983827_10152915786328453_2613048249671688041_nI would like to note that HE asked me to take that photo.

Thank goodness someone is nice to me, because lord knows Mr. Poe is not. Look at his face. He’s all, “Can you not?”

2014-11-22_10.36.24At least Mina loves me (I think).

IMG_20141122_163016If nothing else, they love each other!

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Pick-Your-Flavor Mini Pies: Pumpkin, Apple & Chocolate From One Recipe!


I have been racking my brain lately to come up with the perfect Thanksgiving dessert. Sure, everyone loves pie, but pies can be a pain in the butt to make. And then you run into the problem of trying to please everyone with one pie, which is impossible. So what are you supposed to do? Make multiple pies? That’s a lot of work!

How can you please everyone without slaving over dessert for days? Pie should be the sweet relief after a heavy feast. You already have to put a ton of sweat and tears into dinner (let’s be honest; all cooks wind up crying at some point on Thanksgiving), so dessert is the last thing you want to worry about.

That’s why I dreamed up the perfect solution: Pick-Your-Flavor Mini Pies. From one recipe, you get THREE flavors of pie that you can make in under an hour. You’ve got Chocolate, Apple, and Pumpkin. With so many flavor options, there is bound to be something for everyone. And if you’re like me, and you’d happily eat every flavor, that means you can because they’re mini. How does it get better than that?


Well, the filling is no-bake, so I guess it DOES get better there. All you have to do is bake the crusts for a few minutes. Despite that simplicity, they taste like Turkey Day heaven, and your guests will be impressed both at their cuteness and the fact that you made three flippin’ flavors of pie. Three!

Just because “stressed” is “desserts” spelled backwards doesn’t mean the words are synonymous. Save yourself a few ounces of sanity next Thursday and opt for these creamy, cloud-like mini pies to please all pallets instead.


A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:

  1. If any of these flavor add-ins don’t tickle your fancy, you can add almost anything to this filling base: caramel, spices, other fruit, etc.
  2. Be careful not to overwhip the cream, or you’ll wind up with butter.
  3. If you aren’t serving these right away, hold off on adding the whipped cream topping.
  4. For garnish, you could do chocolate sprinkles on the chocolate pies, nutmeg on the pumpkin, and caramel drizzle on the apple.
  5. The cornstarch serves to hold the filling together and prevent separating.
  6. Always have super cold cream for whipping.

Pick-Your-Flavor Mini Pies
By The Smart Cookie Cook


  • 1 package thawed 16-oz. fillo dough
  • 1 3.4-oz. package Jell-O instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups cold whole milk
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • optional: whipped cream, for topping

For the chocolate filling

  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

For the apple filling

  • 1 20-oz. can apple pie filling, apples chopped into small bits

For the pumpkin filling

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two mini muffin tins with nonstick spray.
  2. Unroll dough as you need it, keeping the rest under a damp towel. Spray with nonstick spray or brush dough with butter as you go along. Cut fillo dough into 1.5” squares. Press into the bottom of each tin and ake for 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely before removing.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together pudding mix and whole milk for 2 minutes until it starts to thicken. Cover and stick in fridge until completely thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, beat heavy cream on high with a hand mixer until it starts to thicken. Add mascarpone, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt and continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form. Fold in pudding.
  5. Separate mixture into thirds. Whisk cocoa powder and sugar into one, apple filling into the second, and the pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice into a third. You now have three flavors of filling.
  6. Spoon or pipe each filling into fillo cups, filling all the way. Serve or store in fridge in an air-tight container.


The Weekender: ‘Tis the Season!

Fall '1310Well my little food-loving fools, it’s officially December, which is possibly the most delicious month of the year. Say hello to piles of Christmas cookies, gallons of eggnog, and pounds of gingerbread. I have but three words to say: BRING IT ON.

But before we start prepping for Christmas and New Years, let’s take a look back at this week’s eats, just in case you missed a bite. Continue reading

Sweet Potato Hummus


Sometimes, bad things happen to good people. It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, and you got assigned to bring a dish even after incessantly insisting you cannot cook. A storm of stress has descended upon to you, and you can’t deny the certainty that you will disappoint all your loved ones.

Hold up. I’m not going to let that happen. I’m going to share an easy and quick recipe that even an amateur could conquer: Sweet Potato Hummus. Continue reading

48 Terrific Turkey Day Recipes

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After a full week of Thanksgiving recipes on Smart Cookie, you must be ready to feast like a king on Thursday. But before the big day hits, make sure you’ve got your menu set in stone. I’ve got 48 Terrific Turkey Day Recipes to make this the most delicious Thanksgiving you’ve ever had.

What will be on your Turkey Day table?

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5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Truffles


Here is a list of why I cannot give up sugar:

  1. These 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Truffles

Honestly, it’s a good thing I only made a tiny tester batch, because I couldn’t keep my hands off of these. They’re one of those treats that taste even better than they already sound. And you know what? I’d pick these over actual pumpkin pie all day, every day.

There, I said it.

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The Weekender: TV Debut, Vain Cats, & Turkey Day

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It’s been another big week for The Smart Cookie Cook. I had a magazine interview, made my television debut, and we’ve been celebrating Turkey-Approved Week here on the blog. Don’t worry if you missed any of the Thanksgiving festivities along the way; we’re reviewing this week’s posts right now.

Let’s review, shall we? Continue reading

Turkey-Approved Week, Day 6: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Turkeys


Welcome to Turkey-Approved Week on The Smart Cookie Cook, seven straight days of mouth-watering Thanksgiving recipes that no turkeys were harmed in the making of. With my creative Smart Cookie twist on every recipe, you’re going to have one delicious feast this year! Check out Day 1′s Butternut Squash Alfredo Gnocchi, Day 2′s Apple Cider Tiramisu, Day 3′s Hot White Chocolate Apple Cider, Day 4′s First Look at New Holiday Treats, and Day 5′s What I’m Thankful for Video.

I made my TV debut on the local news station WKTV today, but not without bringing those folks a terrific Turkey Day treat. I wanted to make something show-stopping but simple, so everyone who saw the segment could whip it up themselves. That’s why these adorable Chocolate-Peanut Butter Turkeys were perfect for the job. Continue reading

Turkey-Approved Week, Day 5: What Smart Cookie is Thankful For Video

turkey12-2Welcome to Turkey-Approved Week on The Smart Cookie Cook, seven straight days of mouth-watering Thanksgiving recipes that no turkeys were harmed in the making of. With my creative Smart Cookie twist on every recipe, you’re going to have one delicious feast this year! Check out Day 1′s Butternut Squash Alfredo Gnocchi, Day 2′s Apple Cider Tiramisu, Day 3′s Hot White Chocolate Apple Cider, and Day 4′s First Look at New Holiday Treats.

You’ve still got another can’t-miss Thanksgiving recipe coming tomorrow, but I wanted to share what I’m thankful for with you today. Join me for quick video, then drop a comment telling me what you’re thankful for.