How to Make Oreo Turkeys

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With multicolored candy corn forming the whimsical tail feathers, it's hard to resist the cookie and candy combination that makes up an Oreo turkey. Bargain hunt after Halloween for the candy basics, then task your children with putting the sweet treats together. For peacock treats at any time of the year, use golden Oreos and candy corn in pastel colors. For either bird, use Double Stuf Oreos to make it easier to attach the candy corn.

Things You'll Need

  • Oreo cookies
  • Chocolate frosting in squeeze tube
  • Candy corn
  • Peanut butter cup bite-sized candies
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Malted milk balls
  • Yellow frosting in squeeze tube
  • Candy eyes
  • Squeeze a thin line of chocolate frosting along the edge of one cookie, getting the frosting to rest right on top of the cream filling. Carefully stick the pointed side of one candy corn into the frosting and cream, leaving the fat end sticking out above the cookie. Repeat with four more candy corns to create the turkey tail.

  • Place the other cookie flat on a table. Squeeze a small amount of chocolate frosting -- about the size of your pinky nail -- on the top edge of the cookie. Grab the other cookie and gently press the bottom edge into the frosting, standing the cookie up on end with the tail feathers at the top.

  • Place a mini peanut butter cup on a cutting board so the larger circle is face down. Use the knife to cut one-eighth of the cup off, giving you a flat surface. Squeeze a small amount of the chocolate frosting on the flat cookie, flush with the upright cookie. Squeeze a small amount of the frosting onto the center of the upright cookie. Place the peanut butter cup onto the flat cookie upside down, so the larger circle is at the bottom and the cut you made is flush against the upright cookie. This makes the turkey’s body.

  • Squeeze a drop of frosting onto the top of the peanut butter cup and the back of the upright cookie. Attach a malted milk ball here to create the head. Use the yellow frosting to make three small dots on the face for the eyes and beak. Attach the candy eyes. Break off the tip of your final candy corn and attach to the center for the beak. Use the yellow frosting to draw legs on the flat cookie at the base of the peanut butter cup.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan to make these turkeys to take to a party, melted chocolate provides a stronger hold, but isn't suitable for small children because it's hot and you need to work quickly. Melt the chocolate and pour into a piping bag while warm. Allow the chocolate to set at each step. Add food coloring to melted white chocolate to create yellow frosting. If the chocolate sets in the bag, microwave it for a few seconds to soften, being sure to remove any metal tips.
  • Use caramel candy cups if someone has peanut allergies. Do not cut these open or you will have a gooey mess.

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