Guest Post by Amanda of Impress Your Kids.
I have a vivid memory of getting off the bus in 4th grade and walking down the driveway while carefully holding a “make and take” in my hand. It was a tiny turkey made out of an Oreo and a few pieces of candy. A room-mother had come to our class that day and taught us to make them. I knew my mom (who is pretty crafty herself) would adore these little turkeys so I decided not to eat mine and bring it home instead. Can you believe the restraint my 4th grade self had?!
Well, my mom apparently loved it as much as I did because we have made these turkeys every Thanksgiving since then! I have loved sharing them with my in-laws, my church friends and other groups of kids I’ve met along the way. Now I’m happy to share them with you!
It’s one of the easiest and yummiest crafts you and your kids will ever make. Ready?
Supplies for Oreo Cookie Turkeys:
- Candy Corn
- M&M minis (separate out the red ones)
- chocolate frosting
- bell shaped chocolates
I love putting all my supplies in muffin tins. It makes for easy grabbing and you can minimize how many extras are popped into the mouth!
The Oreo is your turkey’s body, so let’s slather him with our frosting first. (My best frosting tip? Use a spoon for easy spreading but give each kid their own, just in case someone decides to lick the spoon!) Then place your bell shaped chocolate all the way to the edge of the cookie to leave plenty of room for your feathers. This will be Tom the Turkey’s head.
Grab about 4 or 5 candy corn and place the small white ends closest to the head. Add a little more frosting to the front of your turkey’s head, place M&M minis for eyes and a red M&M mini gobble! (You could use Red Hots, too for a different flavor. I just couldn’t find any Red Hots at any store in my city!)
Isn’t that adorable? And easy!
There are several versions of turkey cookies (try searching flickr!) but of course, I like this one best. It’s more than a cute snack or decoration to me–it’s a fun memory! I love thinking about the mom who shared this with my 4th grade class. She didn’t know she was starting a tradition in my family. Why don’t you try something new this year? You never know what special memory or cherished tradition you might create!
Amanda is a stay-at-home mom to two. She blogs her daily life at ohamanda.com and her crafty parenting endeavors at Impress Your Kids. You can also find her twittering waaay too much @oohamanda.
We’ve done this turkey 3 times already. We changed it up a little this year. Kids love it!
This is a wonderful idea to share with my toddler and right in time for the holiday season!
We included this in our edible turkey post today! http://sstorywindow.blogspot.com/2010/11/turkey-time.html
so cute! We are going to make these for my daughter’s 5th grade Fall Party on Tuesday. Thanks for the idea!
Hi Marie, thanks for the recipe. Made these with my grandbabes for a church Thanksgiving potluck…great fun and tasty too!
THOSE are so cute!
Too cute. I love all these great ideas!!!
Marie~I just checked out the link you gave us above from the Idea Room…LOVE IT! I think these will definitely be made for our Thanksgiving dinner this year…SO CUTE!
I’ve been looking for something fun for my son to bring to school for his birthday…this just might be it! I’ll bet it would work great on a chocolate cupcake, too! Thanks for the cute idea!
Now these look fun. With so much chocolate, I wonder if I could get the kids to leave them alone long enough to get a picture? I’m not sure anyone would have the self-control you did as an elementary schooler!
HA Ha that is a great idea! They look cute and hopefully taste just as good as they look.
Im going to make those for a mid day snack and for dessert personalized turkey cookies. Can’t wait!
I’m loving these turkeys. Thanks, Amanda, for a great “make and take”! I love that they came from such a great memory. These will definitely be made on Thanksgiving morning!
I also just came across this version from The Idea Room: http://theidearoom.blogspot.com/2009/11/oreo-cookie-turkeys.html
So cute! Can’t wait to make this with my little guy and my little niece!
What a great idea, and I love the idea of using muffin tins to organize the “ingredients”!
we will definitely make these! thanks for sharing, amanda!
These are fantastic!!!!
Fantastic. Maybe this year *I’ll* be the room mother that teaches this to my daughter’s 2nd grade class… Thanks so much!
That looks yummy and fun!
That is adorable, a perfect craft for kids waiting around the table on Thanksgiving day! Also? Love the muffin tin idea to keep ingredients separate.
What a cute idea!
So cute! I wish I had thought of something like this for our Canadian Thanksgiving back in October.
Amanda – these are super cute! And look super yummy, too!!!
Thanks so much for letting me post today, Marie! I just picked up some PEANUT BUTTER Oreos to make some more turkeys for the teachers at our church. I think the brown filling will look even more thanksgiving-ish…plus chocolate AND peanut butter?!! YUM.
I just love this idea! I’m going to make them this year! Thanks for sharing.
Great idea and an easy tradition to start! =) Thanks!