I feel that once Halloween is over, retailers skip right to Christmas. Although my brain is racing with Christmas activities already going on the calender my kids and I had time last week during the non-stop rain to create some fun Thanksgiving sweets. Pumpkin pie is great but sometime kids want something a little more familiar tasting and cute too. These would be great for a class party or event as well. I was thinking of having the kids make the flat turkey cookies as a project on thanksgiving day while the adults prepared dinner.
UPDATED TURKEY COOKIE PHOTO 12/4/15
The first one is simple and you can use any sugar cookie recipe. For convenience and taste I use the betty Crocker sugar cookie mix. Make each cookie a little larger than suggested so you get a nice plump turkey.
We made this one in two versions, one in which you frost the entire cookie in frosting and then add the wings (candy Corn) or you can just put frosting on tip to hold the candy corn and eyes.
The second one was a little more tricky not only for the kids but for me too!! I did not have double stuff oreos and imagine that would have made this project much easier. Simply pull apart one oreo and place filling side up. Place the second oreo on its side. You can put a little extra frosting here if you don’t have the double stuff. Then stick in the sharp side of the candy corn to the top. Use some frosting if you need to place a whopper for the head. Cut off the sharp point of the candy corn and place a dab of frosting on the cut end and place on the whopper. Use some cookie decorating gel to add eyes.
We can not forget the Pilgrims. These were more mommy hands on! Melt some chocolate in a double boiler-I raided the Halloween stashes and cut up Hershey’s bars. I added a tsp of shortening to the melted product to make it more smooth.
Place Fudge Stripe cookies face down on a cookie sheet. ( I bought the generic brand at Kroger, $2.00 less. I was not sure how they would taste but no complaints here. However it has been a long time since I have had the original)
Skewer a large marshmallow and dip into the chocolate. Take the time to make it even as possible. Place the marshmallow onto the middle of the cookie.
Once you are done with all the cookies, place the cookie sheet into the fridge to cool completely. Using eluted chocolate to make the hat clip.
Ok, once I started with the chocolate and had some left over I wanted to try an experiment and make the chocolate pretzels treats into a thanksgiving theme.
For the pilgram hats, coat a small marshmallow with chocolate and let cool.
Place a chocolate disc onto a square pretzel. Place in a 200 degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes. Checking to see if the chocolate is melting. Place the chocolate marshmallow into the middle of the disc. Add a mini yellow M& M for the buckle.
For theTurkeys, Cut red, yellow and orange regular size M& M’s in half.I found using a serrated knife was easiest. Cut off the tips of candy corn for beaks. Place 3 halves down on the melted disc for the feathers and a candy corn for the beak.
Happy Turkey baking!! What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving Treats?