If you are looking for a fun craft to do with your family this Thanksgiving, give these Oreo turkey cookies a try. I have to admit, they are not the cheapest craft I've ever undertaken, but they are soooo cute and your kids will love them. They will also look very festive on your Thanksgiving table.
If you are worried you don't have the craft skills to make these, don't worry...if I can do it, you can do it too. I am not very crafty when it comes to making things out of food, and I didn't think I could pull this one off, but I was pleasantly surprised. They really are easy to make.
To make these cookies, you will need:
- Double stuffed Oreo cookies
- Candy corn
- Miniature peanut butter cups
- Tub chocolate frosting
- Small tube white icing
- Small tube black icing
If you have a grocery store that sells bulk items, you should be able to get the candy corn, peanut butter cups, and candy corn there. The advantage of getting them in bulk is that you only have to buy what you need.
For the back of the turkey, gently stick five pieces of candy corn, point side down, into the top of one of the Oreo cookies. These are the turkey's feathers.
Lay the other Oreo flat in front of you and then set the first Oreo upright on top of the other Oreo (see photo). Use a little chocolate frosting to hold them together.
Place a miniature peanut butter cup in front of the Oreo that is standing up, using a little frosting to stick it on (see photo). This is the turkey's body. Make sure the upright Oreo and the body are pushed back as far as possible on the flat Oreo, to leave room for the turkey's feet.
For the turkey's feet, use a sharp knife to cut off the white tips on two pieces of candy corn. Place them in front of the peanut butter cup, sticking them on with a little chocolate frosting.
For the turkey's head, place a whopper on top of the peanut butter cup with a little chocolate frosting.
Use two pieces of candy corn for the turkey's wings. Place one on each side of the peanut butter cup (see photo).
To make the turkey's "nose", cut the yellow section off of a piece of candy corn. Stick the remaining piece of candy corn on the face with a little chocolate frosting.
For the turkey's eyes, use the small tube of white icing to place two small dots on the front of the turkey's face. Use a toothpick to create a tiny dot with the black icing in the middle of the white icing.
I am going to make a small plate of these for our family Thanksgiving meal. It's not necessary to make one for everyone, because most people won't want to eat all that candy, but they make very cute Thanksgiving decorations! They are also fun for kids to make. My boys made their own, eating them as they went. One of my boys said he felt like he was a "chef", crafting his turkey creation!
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