Thanksgiving to me equals family, thankfulness and food. My mom would always go all out for Thanksgiving dinner. I can still see her in the kitchen making up 2 kinds of stuffing and tons of her soft sweet light rolls, while my brother, sister and I would be watching the parades on tv.
She is a talented cake decorating, garden growing, crafting, thrifting, home decorating mom; she was pretty much a "Pinterest" mom before the internet was even a thought... At Thanksgiving she would make up cute little turkeys out of cookies and pipe colorful feathers on them for each table setting.
Since I'm not anyway near as talented as she is, I came up with a bit easier version of turkey cookies, and I think they're pretty cute! If you'd like to make them, here is what you need:
- Chocolate sandwich cookies
- Jumbo malted milk balls
- Candy corn
- Chocolate frosting
- Small candy eyes
- Optional: white frosting
You absolutely don't have to use brand name cookies; I've also used off brand chocolate sandwich cookies.
Regular malted milk balls will be too small, you'll need to find the jumbo ones that are an inch in diameter. I found mine in the candy aisle at Walmart. If you have trouble finding these, I've also used mini peanut butter cups.
***With jumbo size malted milk balls, be careful around small children, because they can be a choking hazard.***
Here is one I made with a mini peanut butter cup, but you will have to trim your candy corn to fit.
Any candy corn will work: no need to buy name brand. 🙂
Chocolate frosting acts like the glue to hold everything together. I also like to use a white frosting to "glue" on the eyes, since it shows up less than the brown chocolate if any sticks out.
I found my candy eyes in the cake decorating section at Walmart, but I have also found them at the grocery store in the baking aisle.
The amount of supplies you need of course will vary with how many turkey cookies you want to make.
Start with two chocolate sandwich cookies, and spread the face of one fairly thickly with chocolate frosting.
For the other cookie, spread the face of it down the middle, not quite to the edge, with a thick layer of frosting.
Push the second cookie up against the completely frosted one, to "glue" them together.
Then attach the jumbo malted milk ball to both of the cookies, sticking it into the chocolate frosting.
Use the candy corn to make the feathers around the malted milk ball, pushing them into the frosting.
Now for the head and face of the turkey, use another piece of candy corn on it side with chocolate frosting on the "back" as glue, and attach it to the top front of the malted milk ball.
Finally you're ready to put on the candy eyes, using white or chocolate frosting as "glue."
Now leaving the turkey on it's back, I like to put mine in the refrigerator for awhile to let the frosting firm up and "solidify" so everything holds together nicely.
These are so darling, and will make your Thanksgiving table a little more festive and fun!
Aren't they so cute!?
I hope you have fun with these, and they brighten up your holiday!