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Thanksgiving Recipies

Give Your Thanksgiving Holiday Some Spice

Nayely Espinoza-Perez, Opinions Editor

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Thanksgiving is a holiday many people look forward to, for it is a time to be thankful for many blessings. Food is a festive and traditional part of this great holiday. With that being said, these recipes  are some you might enjoy baking or cooking this holiday season.

Ham and Cheese Ball Appetizer


  • 2 (8oz) packages Philadelphia cream cheese , room temperature
  • 1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onion, chopped
  • Diced ham
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Note: Based on your personal preference of flavors, feel free to adjust any requirements of ingredients


  1. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients.
  2. Form into a ball. and serve with crackers.

Classic Cheesy Potatoes with Crispy Bacon


  • 3 cups of any cheese (Mozzarella, Cheddar, etc
  • Bacon, cut up into big squares
  • Butter


  1. Cut potatoes into fourths.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. In a pot, boil your potatoes slightly. Meanwhile, spread some butter on your baking pan.
  4. Cut up bacon. Once your potatoes are slightly boiled, spread them on a pan with bacon and cheese sprinkled on top.
  5. Put into the oven until cheese has melted

Cranberry-Chocolate Chunk Cookies 


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats (divided)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  •  3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. In a food processor, pulse the oats until they are a consistency of bread crust. Set aside.
  2. With a mixer, mix the butter and brown sugar, then add the vanilla extract, then the eggs (one at a time). Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Then, gradually add the brown sugar, vanilla extract, and egg mixture. After, stir in the dried cranberries and chocolate chunks. Cover the dough and refrigerate it for 45 min to 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and set parchment paper on your cookie baking sheet. Add some butter to the parchment paper.
  5. Gather 2 tablespoons of the dough and roll into a ball. Place each dough ball 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating the pans after 5 minutes, for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!

 Spiced Maple-Walnut Cheesecake


  • 8 graham crackers
  • 1 cup chopped Planters walnuts, toasted, divided
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons. Packed sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 4 package (8 oz) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup Knudsen Sour cream
  • 1 cup maple syrup, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers, 3/4 cup of nuts, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Then, add butter and mix well. Press onto bottom of 9-inch spring form pan. bake 10 minutes.
  3. Beat the cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, and the remaining sugar in a large bowl with a mixer until well blended. Add sour cream and 1/2 cup of maple syrup. then, one at a time, add the eggs. Pour over crust.
  4.  Bake for 1 hour or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of the pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake for 4 hours.
  5.  In a medium saucepan, bring the cream and the remaining of the maple syrup to a boil (on medium heat). Make sure to stir constantly. Simmer on medium-low heat 10-12 minutes.
  6.  Drizzle the maple-flavored sauce over the cheesecake just before serving. Sprinkle with some of the remaining walnuts.

Sparkling Cider Punch


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups cognac
  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 1 lemon-zested
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 6 cups of ice
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish (optional)

1. In a large bowl, whisk the cider, cognac, jam, and lemon juice.
2. Strain into punch bowl
3. Then, add Champagne, ice, and lemon zest.

Fruit Parfait


  • Dried Cranberries
  • Greek yogurt
  • Almond extract
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Caramel
  • Whipped cream
  • Snickerdoodle cookies, crushed
  • Walnuts

1. In a bowl, mix in your Greek yogurt and some almond extract; mix well.
2. In a cup, add layer of dried cranberries, walnuts, chocolate chips, and a drizzle of caramel. Continue doing these layers. When you get to the top part of the cup (this should be your last layer), sprinkle some snickerdoodles cookie chunks and drizzle caramel.


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One Response to “Thanksgiving Recipies”

  1. Ethan Gehrke on December 7th, 2018 9:46 am

    I am so going to try the sparkling cider punch. These recipes are all put into very simple format. Looks nice.

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