It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is in just three days!
I just got back from the most wonderful Disney vacation ever (which I plan on filling you in on once I’ve had time to sort through my 139,492,109,381 1/2 pictures!), and now I’m in a mad rush of holiday preparations. Cooking, cleaning, and, of course, stocking up on sweets is on the agenda this week. I’m not sure how it’s all going to get done, but this recipe is already finished and waiting patiently in Tupperware containers for Turkey Day and a bunch of sweet little kids that will be at my house to devour them.
And, yep, I’m a quarter-century and I eat ’em too. Who says you have to be a kid to have cute food?
I’ve made these crafty little Oreo turkeys every Thanksgiving for like 15 years. Maybe more? I couldn’t tell you. I think my mom got the idea from Taste of Home or a similar publication years ago and the rest is history.
All I know is that these are a Thanksgiving tradition in my world. They’re far from gourmet, there’s absolutely nothing homemade about them, and they’re probably chock-full of preservatives that “they” say we’re not supposed to have.
But I kinda like ’em. And at least my body should be pretty well-preserved then, right?
364 days out of the year I wouldn’t be caught dead buying canned frosting. I detest the stuff. But every Thanksgiving I buy just one container for the sole purpose of making these little turkeys. Somehow when you smear it over Oreos (Double Stuf? Double Stuf!), it softens the cookies and creates a bite-sized treat that you just wanna sink your teeth into.
I am a girl who not only shuns canned frosting, but candy corn, too.
(Sorry, candy corn fan club! I don’t hate the stuff; it just isn’t my favorite! Can we still be friends?)
Both are in this recipe.
It defies all logic, yet is somehow fact.
Really, I don’t eat any of these ingredients on their own–Oreos aside, of course. But when they’re all stuck together in turkey form, somehow they become appealing both to me and all my miniature guests.
Said miniature guests love to put the turkeys together themselves, by the way! Give each child a plastic knife, a dab of frosting, and a plate full of candy, and they’ll be in heaven! I just made these with my first-grade Prims at church last Wednesday, and they had a blast. They were so excited to go home and show their families what they’d created! These turkeys are always a fun craft to have ready on Thanksgiving for the younger crowd, especially if you need a way to keep them occupied.
You can be flexible with the ingredients for these. You’ll need Oreos for the bodies, Hershey Kisses for the heads, candy corn for the feathers, and red M&Ms for the waddles, plus chocolate frosting to hold everything together. Can you use Winter Oreos? Yes. Can you use Pumpkin Spice Kisses? I’m a big fan. Can you use something else in place of the M&Ms? Of course! Red hots work great, too, but they can be hard to find in stores. Just make sure all your candy blends together somewhat appetizingly. (Hint: Strawberry Skittles don’t always taste that great with Mint Oreos and caramel apple candy corn.)
This year, I tried Brach’s s’mores candy corn, and it melded well with plain old Hershey Kisses, plain M&Ms, and Double Stuf Oreos. (Then again, most things go well with chocolate and Double Stuf Oreos, huh?)
Be creative! They’re turkeys. They’re supposed to be festive and fun!
Bottom line: if you’re like me and you’re way behind on your Thanksgiving prep, keep things easy and serve Oreo Turkeys for dessert. Or just place them next to the pumpkin pie so all the little ones have something special of their own.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I’m thankful for so many things this year, and you, my readers, are at the top of that list. May you all have many things to be thankful for, as well! Eat lots of turkey and enjoy a relaxing day with your family!
- 1 package Double Stuf Oreos (30 cookies)
- 12 Tbsp. (3/4 cup) canned chocolate frosting, such as Betty Crocker or Pillsbury
- 30 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
- 90 pieces of candy corn
- 30 red M&Ms
- Spread about 1/2 tablespoon of frosting over one Oreo. Immediately place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss on one end of the cookie so that it is even with the edge.
- Fan three pieces of candy corn across the other end of the Oreo, smaller sides toward the Hershey Kiss, so that they look like feathers.
- Dab an M&M in the chocolate frosting, just enough to make it stick, and place it on the front of the Hershey Kiss (the side furthest from the candy corn "feathers") as a waddle.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 30 turkeys and allow to dry.
- Store in a covered container at room temperature for up to one week. Turkeys taste best the day after they are made.
Substitute any flavor of Oreos, Kisses, or candy corn to create fun flavor twists!
If you don't have red M&Ms available, use strawberry Skittles, Red Hots, or any small red candies.
Total Fat: 6.7 g
Cholesterol: 1.2 mg
Sodium: 79.7 mg
Potassium: 32 mg
Total Carbs: 19.3 g
Dietary Fiber: .4 g
Sugars: 14.2 g