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

Peanutbutter 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 isle.  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!

First step:  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.

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 PB cups.  Take a sharp knife and cut a sliver off of 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 pb cup, and place it on the cookie like so:

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.  Wouldn’t want a turkey running around with its head cut off, would we??

While they’re still laying 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.

Once the beak stays put 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!

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  1. 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!!

  2. 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”!

  3. These are just too stinking cute to be believed. I’m going to make some for my grandchildren. So doggone cute!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. The red thing along the turkey’s neck is called a beard or “wattle” . πŸ˜€
    Thanks to my husband!

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. πŸ™‚

  11. Heads up. I bought Meijer brand O’s instead of Oreos and they are smaller around then Oreos. The Oreo size works better.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. Great idea and so simple to make. I’m making these this thanksgiving. My kids will love them, I did.

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

  17. 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

  18. 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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  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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 πŸ™‚

  23. 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!

  24. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    They “Gobble gobble” is called a wattle. πŸ™‚

    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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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???

  28. 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

  29. 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 πŸ™
    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.

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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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  35. 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

  36. If I wanted to make these ahead of time, can I freeze them? Would the chocolate on the peanut butter cups turn white??

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

  38. Everyone I have ever know in the Florida Panhandle area; hunters included, call them ‘Turkey Beards’….

  39. 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.

  40. Definitely put frosting in the Oreos or the candy corn will break them. But great directions otherwise!

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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!

  44. the red thing under the turkeys beak is called a “wattle” the redder and brighter it is attracts the female,”catches her eye,” so to speak.

  45. 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.

  46. 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?

  47. 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…

  48. 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.

  49. 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. πŸ™‚

  50. 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!

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

  52. How long are they good for before they become stale? Or how can I keep them fresh til the party?

  53. 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!

  54. 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

  55. 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.

  56. 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!

  57. 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)

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