Double the Sweetness, Double the Fun!

Thanksgiving day is almost here and our pre-game wouldn’t be complete without a sweet ending! We’ve got a double whammy for ya, one dessert for the adults, and one for the little ones! Although, I REALLY enjoyed both and remember, sharing is caring. Homemade sweet potato pie is one of my favorite holiday desserts to make and devour. Instead of preparing the ol’ go-to pumpkin pie, why not take advantage of all the fantastic flavors that sweet potatoes have to offer? And while you’re in the spirit of giving, why not throw in a little extra for the kiddos! They’ll be super excited to see the final little sugar filled, googly-eyed turkeys, and the process is fun too!

bannerOld-Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie!

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2 1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (from about 2 pounds raw sweet potatoes)
1 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon California Sweet Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Korintje Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

tatersHomemade Crust

2 1/2 cups ground ginger snaps
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

Make It!

Melt butter in small frying pan. Combine the melted butter, cinnamon sugar, and ground ginger snaps in small bowl. Press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie pan and chill for 20 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, cream, and eggs and whisk to blend. In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, paprika, cinnamon, pepper, and salt. Add the sugar mixture to the sweet potato mixture and stir until smooth and well blended. Pour the mixture in the chilled unbaked pie shell and bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, a nice big heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream, or for those thrill seekers – in a pool of eggnog!

finalpieVanilla Wafer Turkeys Filled with Icing and Strawberries!

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1 box vanilla wafers
1 jar of vanilla icing (or make it homemade!)
1 package strawberries, sliced
1 bag thin pretzel sticks
1 package edible googly eyes
1 tube Black squeezable icing
1 tube Orange squeezable icing


Make It!

To assemble
Place icing on one side of two vanilla wafers. Press 3-4  pretzel sticks onto one side, mimicking the turkey’s feathers. Add the strawberry slice on the other side and press lightly together. Once the desired number of turkeys are assembled, decorate the faces with googly eyes and beaks using the black and orange icing! The kids will love em’ – they are easy to make and even more fun to eat!


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