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Thanksgiving Cookie Turkeys


edible thanksgiving turkey

Let your preschooler help make these edible Thanksgivings turkeys and then use them as a decoration for your holiday table.

Amanda Rock
Why is Thanksgiving such a special holiday? Probably because it combines two things that mean so much to us -- family and food. These edible Thanksgiving Turkeys do a great job of bringing both together in a dessert that everyone will enjoy.

A sweet treat that will bring kids into the kitchen, they are perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert spread or even a Thanksgiving party or feast held at school or daycare. Preschoolers can definitely be involved in all aspects of making these little guys -- in fact the more you let them do, the more fun it is. (My kids made the two turkeys pictured left.) If your Thanksgiving dinner crowd is up for it and you are looking for fun Thanksgiving activities, consider laying out the ingredients and let everyone be a part of making them. Vary the candies you use and give prizes for the most creative birds made. (The directions and ingredients listed below correlate to the the picture. You can swap out any candy or cookie as you wish, depending upon what is available in your store.)

Note that there are no servings listed -- the number of turkeys that you want to make are the number of ingredients you need, except in the case of some of the candies. Use good judgement. For a small number of turkeys (under ten), one bag of each candy should be more than enough. Also note that while there are directions, these birds are very friendly and very forgiving. There is no wrong way to make them, once again making them perfect for mini chefs to experiment with.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: as needed


  • One package of striped chocolate cookies
  • One package of chocolate-covered graham cracker cookies
  • One bag of mini peanut butter cup candies (like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups)
  • One bag of mini chocolate-covered peppermint candies (like York Peppermint Patties)
  • One bag of chocolate-covered carmel candies (like Rolo's)
  • One bag of candy corn
  • One can of chocolate icing


  1. Using the chocolate icing as glue, attach the chocolate striped cookie to the chocolate-covered graham cracker. The chocolate striped cookie will serve as the "feathers" and the chocolate-covered graham cracker as the base of the turkey.
  2. Assemble the rest of the turkey, again, using the chocolate icing as glue. Attach a mini chocolate-covered mint to the striped cookie and a mini chocolate peanut butter cup to the mint. Or, if you prefer, attach a chocolate-covered carmel candy to a chocolate mini peanut butter cup candy. See photo at left for variations.
  3. Make a beak and feet using candy corn, gluing to the base and the head using chocolate icing.
  4. Using chocolate icing in a pastry bag with a small tip, (or plastic bag with the edge cut off), draw a face on your turkey.
  5. Refrigerate so the icing glue hardens. If you are making this dessert the day you'll be eating it, freeze for a few minutes instead.

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