Last Updated on November 15, 2021 by Kathryn Donangelo
These Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies are too cute and oh-so-easy to make! With just 7 ingredients and a fun time decorating, 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 Turkey 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 Butter Cookies
- Fudge Stripped Cookies
- Candy corn
- Mini chocolate chips
- Yellow M&Ms
- Red jimmies
- Chocolate frosting
Nutter Butter Cookies: These peanut shaped, peanut butter-flavored sandwich cookies can be found down the pre-packaged baked cookie aisle at your local grocery store.
Fudge Stripped Cookies: This recipe calls for full size, not mini, of these pre-packaged baked cookies.
Red Jimmies: Can be found down the baking aisle in the sprinkle section at your local grocer.
Chocolate Frosting: I used Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style Milk Chocolate frosting as I love the rich, creamy texture but feel free to use your favorite canned store-bought chocolate frosting.
HOW TO MAKE THANKSGIVING TURKEY COOKIES
STEP ONE: Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Using a butter knife, 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 eyes
- If you love peanut butter, feel free to use peanut butter frosting! 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 with peanut butter candy corn
- Whip up your favorite cupcakes and press into a frosted cupcake as a cute, festive topper
- Cut orange M&Ms in half and place at the bottom for turkey feet
- Use half a red M&M or a piece of Twizzler for the snood
HOW LONG DO TURKEY COOKIES LAST?
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!
DO I HAVE TO REFRIGERATE TURKEY COOKIES?
All components used to create these adorable Thanksgiving treats are shelf stable. If you only use these ingredients then they do not require any refrigeration. Just be sure to store them in an airtight container away from any moisture to ensure the frosting doesn’t melt and the cookies don’t become soft.
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, feel free to leave it off. A naked turkey is still adorable! Or you can 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 read at the top!
MORE THANKSGIVING DESSERT RECIPES TO TRY:
- Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
- Apple Pie Cheesecake Bites
- 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!
- Use your favorite store-bought chocolate frosting. Store any leftover frosting in the fridge per package directions.
- If you'd like to use edible eyes, you can find these down the baking aisle at most local grocers, or online.