Today I’m going to show you how to make a fun Thanksgiving craft perfect for both kids and adults!  These darling turkeys are made from candy and completely edible!  They are a fun activity for holiday parties, family nights, or just for fun. I’m also going to show you how to make a great little pilgrim hat at the end as well. 


Ingredients/Supplies needed for candy turkeys:

Double Stuff Oreo Cookies
Candy Corn
Mini peanut butter cups
Chocolate frosting*
Yellow Frosting*
Optional: Red frosting*
Optional: black sprinkles for eyes

*For these kinds of things I love to use the little pre-filled tubes of colored frosting you can buy in the baking aisle.  The chocolate is easy to make, and homemade actually works a little better because you can make it stiff.  However, for the colored details like yellow and red, these little tubes are great.  It doesn’t really matter what they taste like and they last forever (which is both cool and disturbing at the same time.) I’m using store-bought tubes for everything here purely for convenience- works great!

Step 1:

Grab a cookie.  You don’t have to put frosting in there, but I like to because it holds in the candy corn a little better. Just give it a little squeeze of chocolate.

Then stuff in your candycorn.  If you’re in some sort of candy corn shortage, you can cut off the white tips to use later for your beaks.  I think the candy corn sticks in better with the tip so I leave it on.  Go ahead and do all of the cookies through this step.

Step 2:

Next, put a dab of frosting on the opposite end of the cookie and secure it to the “base” cookie.  It helps to place them next to a wall as they dry so they stay put.

While those are drying, unwrap your peanut butter cups.  Take a sharp knife and cut a sliver off one end.  (I don’t need to tell you what to do with the sliver, do I?)  It helps to gently cut in a sawing motion so you don’t break the PB cup.  (Although I wouldn’t have to tell you what to do with a broken one either, would I?)  Cut it from the bottom like I show here:

Once those are ready, flip your cookies over, but you may find it’s easy to keep them next to the wall.  My frosting was a bit soft, so they needed the extra support.

Place a dab of frosting on the peanut butter cup, and place it on the cookie like so:

Step 3:

Now those little guys will need heads, so glue a whopper on there with frosting as well. I put frosting on the side of the whopper that hits both the cookie and the PB cup.  We wouldn’t want a turkey running around with its head cut off, would we??

While they’re still lying there, use a dab of frosting (I use yellow) and glue on the white tip of a candy corn for a beak.  Put two yellow dots on for eyes, and for the black spots in the eyes you can use a dab of chocolate frosting, or a mini chocolate chip, or a little sprinkle like I’ve used.  A sprinkle is really the perfect size if you have them.

Step 4:

Once the beak is secure, you can flip them over and draw on some little yellow feet.  If you have red frosting too (usually comes in a set with the tube of yellow) you can add a little gobble gobble. Or whatever that thing is called.  What is it called?  I’m too lazy to google.  Extra giveaway entry for the first person who can tell me.  Okay not really but I’ll think you’re awesome.

And there you go, cute as can be!

These make really cute place card holders too, for either a kid, or adult table!  How cute is my little turkey family?

Stick one on each plate and everyone will say “Awwwwwwe….” If you have kids old enough to handle making them, it’s a fun project for them to be in charge of.

They’re also darling combined with pilgrim hats.

Those are just marshmallows dipped in chocolate and placed on a fudge strip cookie.  Use yellow frosting to make the buckle.  (Pretty much the Thanksgiving version of the Halloween witch hats seen in this post!)

Hope you enjoy these fun little things! Happy Friday!


  1. It's called a wattle.

    Those are so cute–I wish I lived in the States right now so I could pick up some oreos, whoppers, and peanut butter cups. Mmm.

  2. Such cute little turkeys!

    My mom actually has chickens so I don't know if it's the same on turkeys but I think the "gobble gobble" is called a wattle. 🙂

  3. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! Dying here.

    Too, too cute. Plus, they're made of cookies and candy, which makes it just too good to be true.

    Love it!!

    And congratulations on winning the cookoff!! 🙂

  4. So cute!!! What a great idea! I think I NEED to make these for our family for Thanksgiving.

    PS – I have two boys named Jack and Owen too!

  5. Holy crap, those are some of the cutest things I've ever seen. Can't wait to host Thanksgiving so I have an excuse to make these! 🙂

    Soon…I will find a way.

  6. These are so darling!! We will definitely make them for place settings for Turkey Day!! And the best part is, we have all of that candy in our Halloween stash still!! 😀 Thanks for another fantastic idea.

  7. The turkey's red hangy-thingy is a wattle…not to be confused with a *waddle* (which is what I do when i eat to many of your yummy bites!)

  8. Super cute!! I haven't read the comments yet, so someone else might've already named it, but I think it's called a wattle. I'll be sure to post a link on!

  9. Just want you to know that it is difficult to find candy corn around here after the 2nd week in October and impossible to find after Halloween. Wish I had seen these turkeys earlier so I know to save some 🙁

    1. I actually ran into the same problem and them found some candy corn in the Albertson’s regular candy aisle. Score!!!

  10. These are the cutest things! Thanks for posting them.
    I am excited to surprise my family bringing them to our Thanksgiving dinner! I love it!

    A little to time intensive for the pot luck after church on Sunday, but it is tempting because I think they are way adorable.

  11. These are the cutest things! Thanks for posting them.
    I am excited to surprise my family bringing them to our Thanksgiving dinner! I love it!

    A little to time intensive for the pot luck after church on Sunday, but it is tempting because I think they are way adorable.

  12. These are too adorable for words! I'd love to make them for my son's class but we're not allowed to bring anything with peanut butter in it. Any suggestions on a replacement for the peanut butter cups?

  13. you guys are dangerous!!! 😉

    Now the little man (errr, the almost 9yo) is requesting these for his class party for Thanksgiving.

    You guys are sure keeping me busy with your recipes!! LOL

    any other ideas of what you can use in place of reeses cups since no peanut butter is allowed in any classroom treat?

    1. I am in the same boat…my nephew is allergic to peanut…I was guessing that a Rolo would be a good substitute, and since they just *happen* to be my favorite, I was going to try those!

  14. These are absolutely the greatest! Its been a while since I've seen them but some places still carry minature mallow cups which a person could use instead of the peanut butter cup.

    I think I will be making these for my youngest son class for school and possibly AWANA.

    Thanks for the great idea

  15. These are adorable! I love the little hats too.

    I'm thankful to be close to my family this year– I can try out these new tasty recipes!

  16. Way cute! I love them. I know my girls will have a blast making them. A little tip with the peanut butter cups. If you freeze them then they cut a little better, but then you don't have as many broken ones to eat! What to do, what to do? Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas!

  17. Adorable! I think I am supposed to leave this comment on this post, oops if I'm not! I am thankful that my Mom's cancer is still in remission and that she doesn't have to wear a wig to Thanksgiving dinner this year. 🙂


  18. The cutest! I am sharing this idea with all my friends. By the way, I made your chili with the chocolate in it for our Ward Chili Cook-Off last night and won "Most Unique" chili. I never win anything, so that was pretty exciting. I've told everyone about your blog 🙂

  19. I am answering your question as to what I am thankful for this Fall…..(in your contest)
    First and formost I am thankful for my family, children, grandchildren and friends. My God and America, and the people who protect us. Good health, home and happiness, (good food too). We have been self employed since 1976 and for that we feel truly blessed. Last but not least, my husband Steve whom I work with side by side all these years! Also, with all our country's problems, I still fell pretty thankful.

  20. I think I might have an alternative to using PB cups for thise of us who cannot make for our childrens school. Try using mini marshmallows dipped in chocolate. Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. I'm thinking I might have to make these for my 2 year old's Thanksgiving Feast/Birthday Celebration for his class!!! They are too cute!!


  22. I think Rolos might be a good alternative to peanut butter cups… I know they're the same shape but I'm not sure on size. Anyone?

      1. Wilton makes a peanut butter cup shaped chocolate mold…an extra step, but the results were awesome and peanut free.

  23. LOVE the turkeys. My 6yo wants to make them now but I'm making him wait until before Thanksgiving. For the pilgrim hats… do you dip marshmallows? Is that too easy of a question? Should I know this? I'm not sure how to hold the marshmallow when you are dipping so it doesn't get all messed up?

  24. Tina, good question- especially considering I didn't give any explanation at all! lol

    It helps to use melted chocolate with a bit of shortening mixed in (1tsp shortening for every 1 C chocolate chips) or use chocolate bark which is what I used. Drop the marshmallow in there and use a spoon to get it covered all the way. Then I use 2 toothpicks. Stick one in one end to pull the marshmallow out and let the excess chocolate drip off. Place it on the cookie and then use the second toothpick to hold the marshmallow down while you pull out the toothpick that's stuck in the marshmallow. Does that make sense?

  25. These are soooo cute! One question though….did you use double stuff oreos?? or are the regular one big enough to stick the candy corn in? Thanks so much!

  26. Can I please copy your article to my Kids In The Kitchen section of "Cooking Up A Storm All Over The World?" I created a Word Doc out of it and I am making sure to let others know that I got your permission to post it.

    I am a very nice lady though you don't know me. I am a freelance writer/editor/researcher here in Southern CA and am very privy to plagerism rules and would never do anything like that. However, you don't know me and I just want you to know that I am elated to have met you through I am also a Featured Publisher there.

    I put your badge on my site hours ago and would be tickled if you'd check out my blog and see if you could return the favor.

    God bless and look forward to hearing from you.

    I want to post the recipe, so I am waiting to hear from you so I can write the words "Printed with Permission from Author."

    Paulette Le Pore Motzko
    (Polly Motzko)

  27. AWW these are sooo cute!!! They remind me of something similiar I made in brownies when I was a little girl. Love it!

  28. Thank you for this. I made this and brought it to my company's Thanksgiving potluck and was a huge hit. I also made your candy corn cupcakes and use the turkeys as toppers. They are adorable.

  29. Wattle Wattle Wattle..I will be keeping my neice and nephew occupied with this place card project-thanks!


  30. We made these last night for a pre-thanksgiving dinner and put them at the top of each place setting. So cute and festive. We figured out if you very carefully with a sharp serrated knife cut a bit off the bottom of an oreo (the one that has the candy corn feathers in it) to make it flat (kind of like you do with the PB cup) it sits on top of the base oreo much easier!

  31. I am making these with my daughter's class tomorrow. Thank you for the adorable idea. I know that the kids will love them.

  32. I made these for my son's sixth birthday party (my Thanksgiving-time baby) and they were a hit. Everyone asked "did you MAKE those?" Yep. The kids loved them! Thanks!!

  33. I have also used the “pilgram hat’ idea as graduation hats. Just add a dot and string of icing on top. I do this every time one of my kids graduates kindergarten for a class treat! So fast and easy and the child loves to help.

  34. I LOVE these!!! I just made a batch of Hamburger Cookies {}
    I am definately trying these for Thanksgiving!

    Chrissy @ ForMamas

  35. I was so happpy to see your post. I made these (they were very similar to these) one year for Thanksgiving, and that’s been many years ago. My extended family still remembers them…they are fun to make, and make the cutest table ornaments. Thanks for posting.

  36. Thanks for this great idea! I’m writing from Canada and we just had our Thanksgiving and I surprised my kids (daughter, 11; son, 8) with all the ingredients because I knew they would want to make these festive treats too! They took it to the next level though and made a video – check it out!

    The best part was watching them have fun and get along (they actually didn’t bicker during the entire process! – and I was THANKFUL for that! : )

  37. Will someone PLEASE tell me how to print this recipe and instructions? I have saved it to my recipe box and shopping list but neither gives an option to print.Other things have a print button but not this one! HELP! I cannot find an email address to write to the page owners, either and have explored every tab on the site! I have spent twenty minutes trying to find these things to no avail. I tried printing screen but it gave me only the first section of the ingredients. I am really anxious to do this, but do not have an iPad so I can’t carry my computer into the kitchen to cook with! Thanks so much!

  38. I am trying to print the step by step for the Oreo turkeys and Pilgrim hats but my printer is only copying the first page can you send me the entire receipt.

    Thank you
    Dora Price

  39. Some folks were asking about alternatives for the peanut butter cups to use in classrooms/schools where they have a “peanut-free” requirement for class treats. I’m not sure how abundantly one could find these, but Mallow Cups are the same shape but marshmallow-filled. You could possibly use the bell-shaped solid chocolates (usually a generic form of a Hershey kiss) or thicker chocolate coins (check out the generic bulk individually wrapped candy section at places like Meijers).

    1. We have peanut butter allergies in the family. Used the Hershey Kiss, cut off the tip and one edge to make flat. The body is not as big as using the peanut butter cup, but turned out just a cute. If no one has seen the turkeys already…they won’t know the difference. Thanks for the receipe.

  40. The red “gobbles” are actually called beards and indicate it is a Tom turkey or male. Now you know. Cute idea, by the way!

  41. I have seen the hats before but this is the first time for the turkeys… can’t wait to try them out with the Grandkids. thanks for sharing

  42. I thought these were so cute that I printed the instructions for my baker-husband to try. So he did, BUT…as cute as they are, he said they were a bit tedious and took longer than he thought. But they sure are cute and clever!

  43. O. M. G. This is by far one of the cutest idea’s ever! I am definitely going to do this for this years thanksgiving and give them to my bf’s squad at the police department and some of my own coworkers! Thank you for this awesome idea! Happy November

  44. I absolutely love this site you ladies have created. I never have any complaints! Hence why I have this site as a Bookmark Favorite.

  45. First Thanks so much for posting this. Next I tried to make these last night & about 60% of the time the Oreo would crack when I try to put the candy corn in, do you have some sort of trick to do this? and what kind of Yellow did you use for the feet & stuff the one I picked up is way to clear to show up.
    Thanks & have a blessed day

    1. Try nuking them in the microwave for a few seconds just so they soften up. Also, it sounds like you’re probably using a yellow gel (does it say gel on the tube?) If you have regular frosting, it should show up no problem.

  46. I have a question…Can these be frozen???? Would love to make these ahead of time if possible….

    They are the cutest thing I have ever seen…Thanks

  47. It’s things like this that make me the favorite Aunt! The nieces and nephews are soooo going to love me this year!! 🙂 I wonder what Christmas themed stuff you can make from them?? I’m seeing lots of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Anything Christmasy??

  48. These are the cutest Thanksgiving craft I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing. I loved them so much I shared them on my Family site “Family Strong”. ( I gave you guys full credit and posted a couple links to your site, so I hope that is okay… if not, just let me know.

    Thanks again for this little gem. I will definitely be making these for my Thanksgiving table this year ;o)

  49. I put your turkey creation on my facebook page…shared from another friend..had all my friends guessing on how to make it until I got smart enough to trace your website and see all your creations! Awesome job!

  50. I had all my friends wondering how to make these turkeys when I shared the photo on Facebook. I finally found your website under the photo and am impressed with your creative ideas! My grandchildren will benefit from your website and my friends guessed pretty well on how to make the turkeys! Thanks!

  51. This was a super cute idea but…I bought Oreos and all of the cookies were too thin (even double stuff) to put the candy corn in. Tried the icing and it didn’t help. If Oreo Double Stuff was actually DOUBLE, I am sure it would’ve worked.

  52. I see little delicious turkeys in our families future! Thank you for sharing such an adorable, edible idea. And if you are seriously having a drawing for a Silouhette (sp), count me in!

  53. omg – guess what I’m making this coming weekend – TURKEYs – love them – and love everything that goes into them as well (that’s not necessarily a good thing). THANKS for sharing…. ooh what fun we’re going to have.

  54. Just found these via a Google image search… they are awesome! I think I am going to have my Daisy Girl Scouts make these. Love your site!!!

  55. Thanks for the awesome instructions! My mom’s friend made them for us every year for many years – now I have a great set of instructions and pics for my son’s 3rd grade class 🙂

  56. Just attempted to make the Turkey cookies… Lots of trouble with the oreo’s breaking. I will have to try sagain b/c they are so cute!! Thanks for the detailed instructions!

  57. Don’t know if you found out what “It” is but it is a wattle. Cookies are a great idea for a classroom of kids. (make sure no peanut allergies) My first graders love this activity.

  58. I made these turkeys for my first grade class today. They loved them! I was pronounced the best teacher ever. 🙂 Thanks!

  59. I would definitely use the sprinkles for the eyes. I decided I would use my cake decorating kit and I didn’t wait long enough for the yellow eye frosting to dry and then when I tried to put the black on there the frosting pulled off and made the eyes all smeary. FYI! Get the sprinkles for the eyes and save yourself alot of trouble.

  60. These are wonderful! I will be making these next week for Thanksgiving table. The red skin under the beak is the wattle, the red skin hanging over and to the side of the beak is the snood, and the beard is a little tuft of feathers that stick out on the chest/breast of the turkey.

  61. Thanks so much for this great “how to”…just did a few of both of these tonight with my soon to be 12 yr old. So much fun!

  62. LOVE IT LOVE IT, LOVE IT. Those are so darling and thanks for the ideas. I also love pears and will be making that piefor Thanksgiving. Thanks again for the wonderful recipes. Happy Thanksgiving. Paulette

  63. OH dang it! I am sitting at the table doing these and I came back to see if you had some hints for the cookies not cracking when putting the candy corn in…DUH DUH DUH…I didn’t see those integral words “DOUBLE STUFF” oreos…and now I see you have it IN BOLD. What an idiot I am. On the way to the grocery for double stuff Oreos. Note to self…this is the second time in the past week I have missed some integral piece of information in a recipe. READ THE INGREDIENT LIST x3!!!

  64. Someone posted this on facebook and I just bought all the ingredients to make them with my kids! I can’t wait 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!!

  65. Sara, I just saw this and OMG what an AMAZING idea!!! you are a GENIUS!!!!! I have too much to cook this week but I’m so tempted to try this just because they are so darn cute!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!!

  66. These are adorable! We just finished making them and they turned out so cute. Need a way to store them? They fit perfectly in cupcake tins! Thanks so much. My boy’s class will LOVE them!

  67. I just made these with my almost 4 year old to take to her little friends for a thanksgiving treat. I ended up using a Jr Mint as the head because I hate Whoppers with a passion. 😉 It worked well, especially since the backside of the mint is flat. Thanks for such a fun activity for my daughter and me to do together.

  68. I loooooveeee these! So precious. I am planning on making them with my first graders tomorrow at our Thanksgiving party! Thanks so much for the sweet idea :)_

  69. I don’t know what the “gobble gobbles” are technically called, but my dad always called them dingle berries haha

  70. Is there a certain type of frosting you need to buy so that it stiffens up in order to keep the cookies together???????

  71. Oh my goodness! These are adorable! I was having trouble figuring out what to bring to the family gathering, but now I know. Thank you for sharing

  72. Hello, These are so adorable. I just made a bunch for Thanksgiving but want to know what kind of icing you used for the eyes. I used Cake Mate Writing Icing because they came in small tubes and were in yellow and red, which were the colors I needed. The problem with it was that the icing ran down over the face of the turkey rather than staying as a ball of icing for the eyes of the turkey. Just wondering what kind of icing works that stays in place. Thanks.

  73. I just looked at the photo again of the ingredients you used and I used the exact same icing for the eyes. I wonder why mine dripped so much??

  74. Just got done making ours with my 6, 5 and 3 year olds! It was cool. I think next time i will have to use a stiffer chocolate frosting…they are a bit sloppy with my whipped frosting. But oh so cute! Thanks for the ideas! Pilgrim hats are tomorrow afternoons activity.

  75. Sara! Is there a difference between frosting and icing? And how far in advance can i make these adorable little treats?

  76. My girls and I just did these, they are soooo cute, and the girls and I had so much fun doing them!! Thank you for sharing!!

  77. Ok, I’m going to try and make these. They are so cute. I love your directions, you make it so easy. And by the way, I do know what to do with those like extra sliver pieces. LOL. Happy Thanksgiving.

  78. My peanut allergic son and I just made these. We used Rolos instead of peanut butter cups and they turned out just fine! Thanks for the idea!

  79. Any suggestions on what to use besides candy corn? I can’t seem to find it anywhere? All the stores went from Halloween to Christmas candy fairly quickly! I like the bright colors of the candy corn but thinking of trying pretzel sticks instead. Want to make these with the kids today to bring for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Happy Turkey day all!

  80. I am amazed by how well your turkeys turned out. I just tried making them for the first time and my eyes and “gobbles” do not look half as good as yours do. Thanks for the idea and for the instructions. It was a fun project and I look forward to showing off my turkey army tomorrow at Thanksgiving dinner.

  81. Made these yesterday with my 3 boys… while our turkeys are not 100% sanitary =) these turned out super cute!!

    Little trick… put the turkeys into the refrigerator in between steps to let the icing harden up… otherwise it’s almost impossible to get the stuff to stay together.

    Also… be warned… don’t try making these at home if you have ANY perfectionist tendencies. =)

  82. Thanks for sharing this darling little Turkeys. I didn’t get them made this year but they will be front and center next Thanksgiving! Blessings to both of you and your families.

  83. OMG!! they’re ADORABLE! your tutorials are so precise that I just want to try it by myself when I get home.By the way I spotted that one of our users pinned this up to her Pinspire collection I just want to verify that you are okay with this. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for the link (

  84. I made the Oreo turkeys this year and they were a hit. While I was assembling them my older sister sat next to me with her smart craftiness and placed candy corn all the way around some oreos…instant (and super cute) sun flowers. Both looked great on the dinner table!

  85. I love these… made them in Nov. 2011 and will continue to do so every November!! BIG hit with the kids @ the family get together… I love being a favorite auntie, now these do take a little time to put together and I have to put mine in the fridge to make everything “stick” well but it’s so worth it! Can’t wait to try making the penguin cupcakes this upcoming December, looks like effort is definately needed but they are so cute!!!

  86. I absolute love these!!! It’s awesome how you go through each step with pics and instructions!!! Love it….makes it soo much easier for amateurs like me to attempt! You don’t know how many times I see something I want to try & when I click on it, they have no directions!!
    Thanks again…great job!!!!

  87. As a fourth grade teacher, retired, we made these in class. The parents sent what was needed and the students made 2 each, one to eat now and one for home. Plus I sent the instructions home so family could enjoy,. It was always a super great project for everyone.

  88. I am 9 yrs old and I LOVE these !!!!! I can’t wait to make these 4 my class !!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks 4 posting it !!!!!!


  89. Congratulations! And what an awesome treat for my Girl Scout Troop to make!
    The Pilgrim hat is a wonderful idea for dippin chocolate…thank you for sharing!!

  90. Dear Ladies,
    This has to be one of the cutest projects I have ever seen I have been a crafter since I was 10, so for 50 years, you win the prize. Absolutely adorable! Many wishes for more adorable creations.

  91. My daughter and I will be making these for her food art project in art this year. She’s super excited to make them. First time ever!! 🙂 🙂

  92. What a great way to use up your leftover candy corn!! I have to save this idea to use with my granddaughter (she’s only 2 months…) later!!

    thanks ever!!

  93. I want to make them & take them to my ABC group(“Bible Class”) it’s our turn to bring treats. I’m making my Mom’s cinnamon Rolls but these Turkeys are Awesome! I need to call my local grocery store to see if they have candy corn cause I don’t. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT IDEA’S. I’ll write back to tell you how everyone liked the turkey’s. Cross your fingers that Cub has “candy corn”!

  94. Love these! & the little red wobbly thing is called the turkey’s waddle (i know it sounds kinda strange)

    Want to do these with my great nieces, age 3 & 2!

  95. I scaned the comments and didn’t see someone come up with “Wattle” the thing that hangs off the beak. I made the witches hats for my sewing group and will get the supplies for the turkeys — they are so cute.

  96. My daughter and I are making these turkeys tonight for her snack day at school tomorrow,shes in Kindergarten! Such a cute idea!!!

  97. How adorable I would love to make these but have to find an alternative to the pb cups since we have a child with a SEVERE nut allergy! Any suggestions…my daughter makes soy butter cups and they are good but so expensive to make and they aren’t always perfect for a recipe like this.

  98. I saw these at TOFW in your cookbook when I was at the Denver conference. I have them set to go this week for my girl scout troop to make!!! I have 27 girls from Daisies to Ambassadors. So looking forward to doing this with them!!! I want your cookbooks so bad, but will have to settle for what I can get online. You girls are just awesome.

  99. I love these! Not a criticism, but just a suggestion — the wattle goes over the top of the beak, it doesn’t dangle from the bottom. 🙂

  100. Is this comment real or a joke? Drew, your comment is fraught with grammatical errors. Can I trust your post? In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank Sara for her fun and creative idea. It’s fantastic!

  101. These are super cute. Any idea what I can replace the peanut butter cups with? Because of allergy risk I cannot use peanut butter cups.

  102. I loveee these and want to make them for my daughter’s preschool party, however I can’t use pant peanut products. Any suggestion for a replacement for the pb cup? Thanks!

  103. My daughter and I will be making these for our holiday cookie exchange party. They are adorable. Keep up the good work.

  104. Ohhhhh I love these! Totally pinned! I heard you speak at TOFW here in Denver! Hoping to get your cookbooks! Great stuff!

  105. The Gobble Gobble is called a beard and the longer the beard the bigger the prize when Turkey hunting (: I will have to make these…they are adorable! thx for sharing

  106. VERY cute!!! I have spent an hour searching the web for something fun to do w/ my two sweet grandboys. They will LOVE this!! And if for some reason we can’t make it look just right it will be delicious to nibble anyway! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanks for this CUTE idea!!!
    Robin, Solvang, California

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  108. OK … I just finished making 17 turkeys. They are in the refrigerator and I am hoping the frosting will harden a bit. The cookies do not want to stay together. I got yellow tube frosting in small tube and it is way too clear … the pupils of the turkey do not show on it … so I am leaving off the eyes on the rest. Hoping the beaks will stick. If they will stay together they are adorable. I did get the double filling and then made a hole with an ice pick so the candy corn would have a place to go down easier.

  109. these are really cute and i made them… but i wanted to do it with my kids. NOT KID FRIENDLY AT ALL!! they were also messy and difficult to put together, but still cute… and delicious!

  110. I just made 15 of these for my son’s preschool class’s snack today. Mine didn’t turn out nearly as cute because I didn’t have enough candy corn for the beak, and couldn’t find chocolate frosting for the glue, but I think they’ll like them!! Of course, the parents of the 15 children can NOT hold me accountable if their kids come home hyper from all the chocolate!! haha!! Thanks for posting this 🙂

  111. These little thanksgiving turkeys are absolutely adorable. Thanks for the great step by step instructions too, very helpful. Took 12 to work today and everyone raved over them. Will be making more to use at our family dinner on Thanksgiving day…. Soooo cute!

  112. these are so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love them! by the way a gobble gobble is a waddle! we just made these and i cant wait to try these at thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!

  113. OK Lisa told you what they are called, but not until comment #68!! WOW!!!

    They “Gobble gobble” is called a wattle. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the idea! Also thanks to the commentor who suggested the wilton cup mold for peanut-free chocolate cups. I was thinking of trying rollos but they are indeed smaller than the mini peanut butter cups. I might try something like that! Very cute.

  114. I cannot find candy corn anywhere and want to make these for thanksgiving tomorrow. Does anyone have any suggestions of things to use instead of candy corn? Thanks!

    1. I ended up using Mike & Ike’s and they turned out perfectly. I found that squishing the ends of the candy together worked better than cutting the end so n a bias for the feathers. Thanks for the great idea!

  115. These were a super cute idea for me and my daughter to make. However, somehow all of ours came out really goofy looking…the eyes and the beaks were melting down the wopper, so our birds looked possessed…lol how do you keep you icing in one spot???

  116. I’ve got the pilgrim hats done and now working on the turkeys! Can’t wait for my grandsons to see them tomorrow on Thanksgiving ’12!!! THANKS

  117. I wish I had remembered to look at this again sooner. I wanted to make these so bad for tomorrow, but there’s no candy corn in stores anymore 🙁
    I tried to look at the store for something I could use for a substitute of candy corn, and I found nothing. Bummer.

    1. My husband and kids went out last night to purchase all of the pieces. Finally found the last two bags of candy corn at the dollar store!!! Making them for today and a celebration on Saturday with the other side of the family.

  118. hey i tried these for thanksgiving this year and they were a hit 🙂 since i could not find any candy corns when i made them i tried mike and ikes instead 🙂 they worked and made them more colorful 🙂 to make the mike and ikes fit in the oreo you just need to cut the ends off them 🙂 you can use the other piece of the orange mike and ike for the beak as well 🙂 thank you for puting the happy into my thanksgiving by thinking of these wonderful treats 🙂

  119. Made one for everyone that came to Thanksgiving Dinner and everyone was wowed and loved them! I lety them know where to find your idea. Thanks so much for the awesome ideas and how perfectly and neatly everything is made.

  120. Funny story! My mom did not know what I needed the oreo’s for and bought the Christmas ones with the red filling!!! The turkeys looked like they were bleeding when they were eaten! haha! The kids and adults loves them anyways!

  121. I made 40 of the little turkeys on Wednesday to give to my guests on Thanksgiving. They were a BIG hit! Several people posted them on Facebook. They are a bit time consuming, but worth it! The trickiest part was keeping the Oreo’s from cracking when I put in the candy corn.

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  123. I made these for my fellow over nighters I work with for black friday. To say the very least they were a way to laugh as we worked 7pm to 7am on black friday and many came back in at 10pm that same day to work anotehr 9 hours shift. Customers were far from plesant but the idea of bitting a turkeys head off at lunch gave us all a giggle. Thanks so much for the recipe. Whats in mind for chrsitmas

  124. Having a ladies retreat and need more recipes like this turkey.
    Using already made stuff and putting it together

  125. Made these last night and have a few tips to share.
    Don’t skimp on the icing that holds the cookies together.
    When putting the candy corn in the Oreo, lightly pinch one end of the Oreo which opens the other end allowing you to put the icing and candy corns in with less breakage.
    Allow the icing to completely dry before moving on to the next step.
    Have lots of time on your hands; 12 of these cuties took about 2 hours.

  126. What a delightful creation and excellent photos to help us along the way.
    You ladies have a warm and friendly spirit. I also appreciate your sense of humor.
    Thank you for posting this. My grand girls and many other friends will be the grateful recipients of this special treat.
    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. We have much to be grateful for in the United States, one Nation under God.

  127. Just made these-and they are soo cute! I would not suggest using store-bought chocolate icing to hold the two oreos together. I used melted chocolate and they stuck together fine, but it would have been difficult to use just icing–I don’t think I would have been able to get them to stick together.

    1. they do stick together with store bought icing it just takes longer for them to dry. My kitchen looks like a turkey farm since we made 24 of them!

  128. Congratulations! These are so cute!! Every time I look at the recipe, I smile!
    I’m making this on Monday and won’t serve them till Thursday. How do I keep them fresh? What type of container do I use?
    Thanks so much!

  129. thank you Sara for publishing these adorable turkeys. My two granddaughters (7 & 10) and I made them this afternoon and had a wonderful, messy, chocolaty time making a memory.

  130. I saw these on the food network and got the ingredients and had my guests make their own. I substituted chocolate covered cherries for the reeses due to allergies, did’t cut. We had so much fun!!! and everyone was over 35 at my dinner. Do you know of more ideas for making things from candy? I can make a small biplane airplane from 2 lifesavers, one cube of carmel a roll of smarties 2 long pieces if gum and a rubberband. Can you direct me to more ideas like the turkey?

  131. I have to say I just came across this. It is AWESOME… I have a 3 yr old that loves helping make them for parties… If you use your imagination you can make ANYTHING!!!!!! SO cool thanks for sharing…

  132. Obviously this craft has been on the net for a while and I am just finding it. Someone posted a picture on Facebook and that got me searching for directions. They are so cute. I want to make them for Thanksgiving but am wondering–will the two Oreos really stay glued together? I haven’t read the over 300 posts so don’t know it anyone has encountered a problem with that or not.

  133. Hey…look at Mom’s Got Ink on FB. She stole your photo from this post and cut off your watermark. She does this daily to lots of bloggers…thought I’d let you know so you could also report her. 🙂

  134. One of my friends posted this on Facebook – the turkeys are just adorable! I’m going to make them (with my grandkids, if they like) and give them to the neighbors for Thanksgiving!

  135. I love your little turkey family. Thanks for the descriptive recipe and your happy comments. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!

  136. These turkeys are absolutely adorable!! I am having my two teenagers work on these little guys for tomorrows Thanksgiving Dinner table, esp., since I am having a couple of special guests coming over.

    Thanks a lot!

  137. Thanks so much, these turkeys turned out great! We had several difficulties with the icing, instead of using icing to connect the base and the body of the turkey, we inserted a toothpick. It was much more stable!
    Thanks for the idea, Happy Thanksgiving! <3

  138. Nabisco also makes a MEGA Stuffed Oreo. I’m going to try those out tonight. I’m putting my turkeys on top of frosted chocolate cupcakes.

  139. SO cute! Just adorable! Although I am unable to use peanut butter cups due to server peanut allergies in my family. What do you suppose I could swap them for? Perhaps Rolos would work? Or something else?

    1. I wonder if you could find a similar sized candy at a natural foods store where they would probably have lots of nut-free options? Rolos might be a little small, but you could try that!

  140. Sara, I was looking for something fun for the grandkids to make at Thanksgiving. I came across this fun Oreo turkeys. Then I saw they came from you. Too funny, thanks for the great idea. I know Tanner, Kaden & Abi will have fun making them. Take care. Always Karen Wilson ( Ambers mom)

  141. What child, or adult would not love these. How precious to put on every place setting. People tell me, I have too much time on my hands. Ha. I say presentation is everything. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Happy Holifays

  142. These Thanksgiving turkeys are so cute! I’ve bought all the ingredients to make then with my grandchildren. 💛 where can I find the colorful place cards? Thank you, Patti

    1. Hi Patti! I saw you emailed. I just printed something out on my computer and then taped them to a toothpick. Just poke the toothpick in the filling of the cookie! You could even cut a note card and hand write the names 🙂

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