Last Updated on November 21, 2022 by Kathryn Donangelo
These Turkey Cookies are too cute and oh-so-easy to make for Thanksgiving! Made with just 7 ingredients and are so much fun to make, you will have adorable treats that kids of all ages will love!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. A simple, no-bake cookie, that kids and adults will both enjoy makes a perfect dessert. I took classic Nutter Butter and Fudge Stripe cookies along with a few other holiday staples and put a fun playful twist on these ingredients. Creating an adorable treat that can double as table décor for your Thanksgiving dinner.
The result is a deliciously rich and creamy peanut butter and chocolate cookie that has subtle hints of a buttery-caramel from the sweet candy corn wings.
These easy Thanksgiving Cookies are the perfect dessert to bring or display this year on Thanksgiving. And one thing is for sure, these cookies are sure to be a hit with everyone in attendance!
- Nutter Butters Cookies: Used to make the turkey face.
- Fudge Stripped Cookies: This recipe calls for full size, not mini.
- Candy corn: For the turkey feathers. You can use any of your favorite flavors and colors.
- Mini chocolate chips: Used to make the eyes. You can also use a candy melt, royal icing, or edible eyes.
- Yellow or Orange M&Ms: Used to make the nose. You can also use pieces of candy corn. You’ll need to cut each M&M in half with a sharp knife to make the nose shape.
- Red jimmies: Used to make turkey wattle or snood. You could also use orange icing or red icing instead if you are not able to find sprinkles.
- Chocolate icing or frosting: Used to glue the turkeys together. I used canned store-bought chocolate frosting but you can use homemade frosting. You could also use melted chocolate, black icing, or brown icing. I prefer to use the darker icing colors so it’s not as visible but you can certainly use white frosting too.
How To Make Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies
STEP ONE: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Using a butter knife or piping bag, spread a dab of frosting on 1/3 of the Nutter Butter cookie. Gently press the Nutter Butter onto the back of the Fudge Stripe Cookie.
STEP TWO: With a toothpick, dab one side of candy corn with frosting. Place candy corn onto cookie with the tip of the candy corn facing down. Repeat 5-7 times for each cookie.
STEP THREE: Using a toothpick, dab frosting onto the back of the mini chocolate chips and place onto each turkey cookie to form the eyes.
STEP FOUR: Dab frosting with a toothpick to half of a yellow M&M and gently press below the eyes. Dab a tiny amount of frosting onto a red Jimmie and place to the side of the yellow M&M. Enjoy!
- Swap the mini chocolate chips for edible candy eyes.
- If you love peanut butter, feel free to use peanut butter or peanut butter frosting instead. Buy your favorite store-bought vanilla frosting and add 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter for a simple, yet delicious, frosting!
- Replace regular candy corn feathers with pecans, almond slices, sunflower seeds, mini Oreo cookies, marshmallows, or colored frosting to make the feathers.
- Cut orange M&Ms in half and place at the bottom of the cookie for turkey feet.
- Use an M&M or a piece of Twizzler for the snood.
- Swap the Nutter Butter cookies for Milano cookies.
- Instead of using a the fudge striped cookies, use Reese’s peanut butter cups to make Peanut Butter Cup Turkeys or Oreos to make Oreo Turkey cookies.
Leftovers & Storage
Once assembled and set, you can wrap them in a decorative plastic bag or place in an airtight container. Once in storage container they will last up to 2 weeks, making these great for a fun make ahead dessert!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These turkey treats make a fun Thanksgiving treat that kids can make.
- You can decorate a customize the cookies in several different ways with simple ingredients (see options below).
- Perfect for classroom parties, holiday parties, table setting decor, lunchbox treats, and the Thanksgiving dessert table.
- This is a great way to get the family involved by having everyone decorate their own turkey.
Do I Have To Use Candy Corn?
Candy corn is a creative and fun way to add feathers to your turkey but if you are not a fan or if it’s not available at your grocery store, feel free to leave it off. You can also try the following substitutions:
- Candy corn marshmallows. Shaped and colored like candy corn, the flavor is your traditional marshmallow and can achieve the same aesthetic that these cookies are looking for.
- Skittles or M&Ms. Using only red, orange, and yellow create the feathers. Place yellow candies closest to the head of the turkey, then orange, with red at the top.
- Nuts, Seeds, or Cookies: use pecans, almond slices, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds.
- Mini Oreo cookies
- Mini marshmallows
- Colored frosting
More Thanksgiving Recipes To Try:
- Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
- Apple Pie Cheesecake Bites
- Cinnamon Roll Turkeys
- Pumpkin Pie Bars
- Apple Cinnamon Crisp
- Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles
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Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies
- 24 Nutter Butter Cookies
- 24 fudge stripped cookies
- 2 packages candy corn
- 48 mini chocolate chips
- 12 yellow M&Ms; cut in half
- 24 red Jimmies
- 1 cup chocolate frosting
- Line 2 cookies sheets with parchment paper. To assemble Turkey Cookies, use a butter knife to spread a dab of chocolate frosting on 1/3 of the Nutter Butter cookie. Gently press the Nutter Butter onto the back of the Fudge Stripe Cookie with the chocolate facing up.
- Using a toothpick, dab one side of candy corn with chocolate frosting. Place the candy corn on the cookie to make the turkey wings with the small part of the candy corn facing down. Add 5-7 candy corns to each turkey cookie.
- To make the eyes, use a tooth pick to dab chocolate frosting to the back of the chocoalte chips. Press the chocolate chips on the assembled Nutter Butters.
- To make the nose and gobbler, dab chocolate frosting with a toothpick to half of a yellow m&m and gently press below the eyes. Add the red Jimmie to the side of the yellow m&m. Enjoy!
This recipe was originally published on November. 15, 2021. It was republished on August. 3, 2022, to include additional information.