Gobble Gobble Cupcakes

Where has 2016 gone? I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is this week!

When the holidays roll around, I start filling my Pinterest boards with crafts and eats (and crafty treats) that I never look at again until next Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year. Please tell me that I’m not the only one who does this.08b0e868261f0b6debbe5452d18adde71

This year is different though. Recently I started baking every Sunday. There’s only so many boxes of brownies that I can make before that becomes just as mundane as cooking a nightly dinner.

Thankfully, my pins have inspired me to try new sweets.

I don’t have a whole lot of experience in whipping pins into real life, so I took turkeysone look at those turkeys on the right and thought since I’ve worked with candy faces before, I can easily recreate these without looking at the original recipe. (Post script: there’s not an “original recipe”)

Not too shabby for my first try, right? My co-workers were impressed and declared their children would love to eat these for Thanksgiving dinner. They are pretty simple to make and practice can only make them better.


  • Nutter Butter Cookies or Chocolate Wafers
  • Candy Eyes
  • Yellow M&M’s (plain)
  • Decorating Icing
  • Cake Mix
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Candy Corn

Special Tools

  • Kitchen Shears


Assemble the Face

  1. Lay cookies on a flat surface. (If using Oreo’s, frost one side)
  2. Cut the M&M’s in half, using kitchen shears or a sharp knife.
  3. Using icing, affix the eyes on each cookie. (No need for icing if you frosted the cookie)
  4. Using red icing, draw a snood*. Affix the beak to the snood using icing. (No need for icing if you frosted the cookie)
  5. Leave flat until icing hardens.

Assemble the Cupcakes

  1. Make the cupcakes according to package directions. [For high altitude baking, add 1/4 cup flour and 2 tablespoons water]
  2. Bake according to package directions. [For high altitude baking, bake at 325* for 15-20 minutes]
  3. Let cupcakes cool for 10 minutes before removing from cupcake tin.
  4. Let cupcakes cook completely before frosting.

Assemble the Turkeys

  1. Insert the Nutter Butter face into the cupcake, the closer to the “front” the better.(Lay the Oreo face on the cupcake, the closer to the “front” the better)
  2. Insert the candy corn in a semi-circle near the “back” of the cupcake to create the tail feathers.


Here’s a few tips so that your turkeys are more Pinterest-worthy:

  • Use decorating icing. I used cookie icing, which dries much faster but is a lot messier.
  • The faces will look neater if you match the icing to the color item you’re using. White frosting for the eyes, and yellow for the beak.
  • Concerned about peanut allergies? Use another type of cookie.

Let me know what you think of these adorable little turkeys. Have you made them yourself? Would you make them for a gathering?

Happy Thanksgiving!

*I Googled "that red thing on a turkey". It's called a snood.




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