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Thanksgiving in a Cup!

Here’s a fun idea for the Thanksgiving kids’ table—all our favorite, traditional foods served in cute little single-sized servings.

Bake It in a Cup includes dozens of recipes for delectable dishes and 6 colorful, reusable silicone cups.

Make a perfectly portioned meal for your littlest dinner guests!

Turkey Roulades

Ingredients for 6 cups:
6 boneless skinless thinly sliced turkey cutlets
6 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon finely chopped orange zest
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 325°F.

1. In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, cranberries, parsley, and zest to and blend until the ingredients are well combined.

2. Take one piece of turkey and spread 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese down the middle. Do the same with the other 5 turkey pieces.

3. Then roll up each chicken piece to look like a snail.

4. Place one roll in each cup.

5. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top each rolled turkey. Top off each roll with a pat (1/2 tablespoon) of butter.

6. Place the cups on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden. Let cool for 5 minutes, then remove the roulades from the cups and serve.

Baked Yams

Ingredients for 6 cups:
1/4 cup water
1 pound red garnet yams, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup mini marshmallows
Preheat the oven to 350°F.

1. Pour an equal amount of water into the bottom of each cup.

2. In a medium bowl, place the yams and sprinkle in the nutmeg. Toss lightly to cover the yams with the nutmeg.

3. Spoon the yam mixture into each cup.

4. Place a pat (1/2 tablespoon) of butter on top of each cup.

5. Sprinkle the marshmallows on top.

6. Place the cups on a baking sheet and cover each with a piece of aluminum foil. Bake for 40 minutes and then, with adult help, remove the sheet from the oven and take the foil off of the cups.

7. Return the baking sheet and the cups to the oven for 20 minutes more, or until the marshmallows look golden. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Pecan Pies

Ingredients for 6 pies:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chocolate chips

To make the crust:

1. Using a food processor (with adult help), combine the butter, powdered sugar, and flour and process on medium high until large crumbs form.

2. Add the cream and process for 2 more minutes, or just until the dough comes together in a rough ball.

3. Place 2 tablespoons of the dough into each cup. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and up the sides of each cup to form a crust.

4. Place the cups in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes. This helps firm up the dough so it will keep its shape better when you bake it.

To make the filling:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the corn syrup, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well mixed.

3. Add the melted butter and salt and continue to whisk until combined.

4. Divide the pecans and chocolate chips among the crustfilled cups. Pour an equal amount of the syrup mixture into each cup.

5. Place the cups on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, or until the filling has set. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Silicon cups are also a great way to serve Thanksgiving leftovers. Fill them with mashed potatoes, turkey and a dollop of gravy or cranberry sauce, heat and eat!

For more great “in a cup” ideas, check out Cook It in a Cup and Party in a Cup!

Lara Starr
Publicity, Children and Teens

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Lara Starr

Lara Starr is Chronicle’s Senior Publicist for Children’s books, and the author of Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones and other Galactic Goodies, Ice Sabers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Cookbook and Cookie Cutters Kit, and Chef Olivia™. Tell her you like her sweater and she’ll tell you exactly what she paid for it.
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