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Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

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Sarah Perreault
8 cookies
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Our Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies are adorable. No baking needed! This is more of a fun activity for the young (and young at heart). Make it one of your new traditions!

You can find these cookies at almost any grocery store (Keebler or store brand) or just bake your own cookies! We like making them with gingerbread cookie dough.

Note: There are “breaks” during this cookie activity when the chocolate needs to set. Leave enough time (2 hours start to finish)!

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
8 fudge-striped shortbread cookies
8 chocolate-covered graham crackers
8 mini chocolate peanut butter cups
8 "rolo" round caramels covered in milk chocolate
24 pieces candy corn
1 tube brown or black decorating gel
  1. In a small resealable freezer bag, add chocolate chips and seal bag. Place bag on microwave-safe plate and microwave for 1 minute until chips are soft. Gently squeeze bag until chocolate is smooth; cut off tiny corner which you’ll use to pipe out the chocolate. Lay shortbread cookies in a row flat on a work surface with fudge stripes vertical (turkey feathers). Squeeze chocolate bag to pipe line of chocolate across the bottom of each cookie (crosswise over fudge stripes). Then center the longer side of 1 graham cracker on chocolate line, and hold until chocolate begins to set. Repeat with remaining cookies. Leave to set for 30 minutes.
  2. Now, pipe about 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate on the wider end of 1 peanut butter cup; place over hole on 1 shortbread cookie, resting against graham cracker. Repeat for all cookies.
  3. Now, pipe about 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate on the bottom of 1 round caramel candy and place on 1 peanut butter cup (for turkey body). Repeat with remaining round caramels. Allow to set-up, about 15 minutes.
  4. Now, turn cookies so that graham crackers are flat on work surface and you are looking at the shortbread cookies (turkey feathers). Pipe small amount of chocolate on one side of 1 candy corn piece; center on round caramel and peanut butter cup for beak. Hold in position until chocolate begins to set, 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with 7 more candy corn pieces.
  5. Pipe small amount of chocolate on one side of 1 candy corn piece, then place piece on the chocolate graham crackers against body, on either side for turkey legs. Repeat with remaining candy corn pieces.
  6. Using decorating gel, add eyes on each candy corn break. Let stand until set, about 1 hour.


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Sarah Perreault

Senior editor, Sarah Perreault, works on all things Almanac, but is especially proud to be the editor of our Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids series. Read More from Sarah Perreault

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