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.
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 one 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
- Kitchen Shears
Assemble the Face
- Lay cookies on a flat surface. (If using Oreo’s, frost one side)
- Cut the M&M’s in half, using kitchen shears or a sharp knife.
- Using icing, affix the eyes on each cookie. (No need for icing if you frosted the cookie)
- Using red icing, draw a snood*. Affix the beak to the snood using icing. (No need for icing if you frosted the cookie)
- Leave flat until icing hardens.
Assemble the Cupcakes
- Make the cupcakes according to package directions. [For high altitude baking, add 1/4 cup flour and 2 tablespoons water]
- Bake according to package directions. [For high altitude baking, bake at 325* for 15-20 minutes]
- Let cupcakes cool for 10 minutes before removing from cupcake tin.
- Let cupcakes cook completely before frosting.
Assemble the Turkeys
- 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)
- 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?
*I Googled "that red thing on a turkey". It's called a snood.