Adorable and festive Turkey cookies are perfect for Thanksgiving! You’ll need to do zero baking for these Thanksgiving cookies, and they are super fun to decorate.
This simple, no-bake turkey cookie recipe is going to be the easiest thing you make this year for Thanksgiving dinner. Cookies for Thanksgiving can be part of the dessert spread, or a fun pre-thanksgiving snack to make. Gobble-gobble!!
Golden Oreos are decorated with candy to take the form of cute googly-eyed turkeys, what’s not to love? These Turkey Cookies are great for kids and always a hit at school parties. You can take a plate of these to the office pot-luck to put a smile on your co-workers faces too.
If you like these Oreo turkeys, you’ll love Turkey Cupcakes too. I really can’t get enough of these adorable turkey treats!
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Why You’ll Love this Recipe
- It’s Really Not a Recipe. The only cooking needed to make turkey cookies is to use the microwave to melt some chocolate. The Oreo cookies are already made, so we just need to assemble the turkeys’ feathers and faces.
- Great for Kids. Thanksgiving might not hold the same appeal for your kids as holidays like Christmas or Easter where gifts are involved. Start a fun tradition that will make them smile with these treats.
- A Fun Activity. Decorating turkey cookies isn’t difficult, but it does take some patience and creativity. I think you’ll enjoy it! Get the family to help and make a fun afternoon of it.
Complete list of ingredients with quantities and instructions is located in the recipe card below
These ingredients make creating cute turkey faces on cookies super easy, but you can make substitutions if needed.
- Golden Oreos: They are the perfect color for the turkey body, and the fact that they are sandwich cookies makes it super easy to attach the tail feathers.
- Candy Corn: Have some leftover from Halloween? Great! Otherwise, go pick up another bag of candy corn for the turkey tail.
- Candy Melts: Round chocolate candy melts make the face of each turkey cookie. We’ll melt down the rest to act as a glue for the rest of the candy we’ll be adding.
- Candy Eyeballs: These are kind of a necessity, the turkeys won’t be as fun without eyes. You can usually find these in the baking section of a craft store, or order them here.
- Reese’s Pieces: Yellow or Orange can be used to make the turkey beaks. M&Ms in the same colors can also be used.
- Red Icing: A tube of pre-made icing adds the final touches to these masterpieces. Make sure not to buy gel frosting, it won’t work to make the gobbles.
How to Make Turkey Cookies
- Start with 8 Golden Oreo cookies. Twist each one gently to remove one side of the cookie and set it aside. Try to keep all of the Oreo cream on the side that you don’t remove.
- Make Chocolate Glue. Melt 1/3 cup of candy melts per the package instructions being sure that you leave 8 out to use later. Once melted, add the chocolate to a piping bag or a Ziplock bag. Use scissors to cut the tip off of the bag, creating a small hole.
- Add Tail Feathers. Pipe four small lines of chocolate onto one edge of the Oreo cream, and immediately place a candy corn on each with the pointed part pointing inwards. Then pipe more chocolate on top of the tips of the candy corn and quickly place the other side of the Oreo back on top.
- Add the Face. Pipe some melted chocolate in the center of the Oreo and glue down a chocolate melt to act as the face. Then use the chocolate to glue on two candy eyes and one Reese’s pieces candy to make the beak. Finally, use the red icing to create the gobble. Make a curved line about 1/2 inch long coming from under one of the eyes, next to the beak.
Turkey Cookie Tips
Chocolate Hardens Quickly: You don’t have much time to work after you’ve piped out the melted chocolate. If you accidentally let it harden, just add a little bit more and try again. If you need to reheat your chocolate, you can put it back in the bowl and return it to the microwave for a few seconds.
Use What You Have: These thanksgiving cookies are a great way to use up leftover Halloween candy. Get creative if you like. Rolos can be used for the turkey’s face, and cut up Twizzlers could be glued on for the gobbles.
Can’t Find Chocolate Candy Melts? Use bar chocolate or chocolate chips as your glue instead. For the turkey face, use mini cookies or a different type of round candy.
Get Messy! Skip the piping bag set up and use a small spoon and toothpicks to spread the chocolate. No need to be super precise, particular if you have little hands helping you.
Yes, just whip up a batch of these easy sugar cookies and decorate in the same way.
Of course you can! Some turkeys are dark and some are light. You can even make both types. Feel free to use store brand sandwich cookies, or any flavor of Oreo that you enjoy. Oh! If you got your hands on some Pumpkin JoJo’s from Trader Joes, This would be a fantastic way to use those.
Keep these in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. They’ll start to get a bit soft and stale after that. I like to make these the day before Thanksgiving or early on Thanksgiving day.
Head to Amazon to do it the easy way, or stop by a craft store, they are almost always available in the Wilton baking section. I’ve seen candy eyes in grocery stores sometimes too.
I hope you and your family have so much fun making these turkey cookies, and start an awesome new Thanksgiving tradition!
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