Cookie Turkeys Recipe
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Cookie Turkeys Recipe

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Folks will gobble up these sweet-tasting turkeys, whether the easy-to-assemble goodies are sold at fund-raisers or featured on holiday tables. "Every Thanksgiving, my cousin makes them out of prepared cookies and candies," says Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 40 fudge-striped cookies
  • 1/4 cup chocolate frosting
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) chocolate-covered cherries
  • 20 pieces candy corn

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 157 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Place 20 cookies on a flat surface, solid chocolate side down. With frosting attach a chocolate-covered cherry to the top of each base cookie. Position another cookie perpendicular to each base cookie; attach with frosting.
  2. With a dab of frosting, attach one piece of candy corn to the front of each cherry for the head. Let stand until set. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Cookie Turkeys in Quick Cooking November/December 2004, p17

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MrsProper User ID: 6368974 126504
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"The 6 year old did these had a lot of fun used truffles instead of cherries. Will save this one for years to come."

bunny99 User ID: 99797 146916
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"I was unable to find candy corn, so I cut small triangles out of circus peanuts to use as beaks. Everything turned out great!"

eli05 User ID: 3750978 60932
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"I made these when I was a child and now my children make them"

aschavel User ID: 4495795 92260
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"This was easy and fun to make with my grandson. We used Lindor Truffles by Lindt instead of cherries. Delicious!!!!"

MNLakeLady User ID: 5435200 206651
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011 Edited Nov. 18, 2013

"My Mother made similar "turkeys" for years, but she used the chocolate mounds and round crackers (like HiHO). She would cut a sliver off on end of the cracker used for the fan tail - in this manner it was easier to set in the frosting. The candy mound was laid on it side and the candy corn attached like the one in the picture. The salty taste was good with the sweet candies."

henrypuppy User ID: 5582999 56803
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I make these every year but I use a miniature reeses peanut butter cup for the body .Everyone likes them."

tiger642 User ID: 1884611 120172
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"TOH.... THANKS for making so many wives and moms look like top sweet dessert chefs with these turkey cookie creations ! These are so clever and easy and Tom turkey always gets "flying colors" at whatever event (especially church)that I take them to. Take this simple idea and get creative with any candy & treat favorites, I added 4 candy corns to the back cookie for tail feathers... FUN & YUM for all !"

lschumacher User ID: 1093442 141012
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I made these last year from Thanksgiving and everyone loved them. I used royal icing and the cookies stayed better. Will be making these again this year."

buffalonana User ID: 4800215 62412
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"I made 48 of these little adorable turkeys for my grandchildren to take to school. The kids LOVED them! I didn't use the chocolate covered cherries but instead used chocolate donut holes that I purchased. They were quick and easy! I used chocolate frosting in a pastry tube to attach the two cookies together.Then to attach the donut hole, I used the chocolate frosting on the bottom and "back" of the donut hole. Again, a little frosting on the candy corn and just stuck it on. I froze the donut holes becaused I had purchased them a few days before the assembly. I wouldn't do that again. The glaze on the donuts got wet and the frosting had trouble sticking. After I let the holes sit out a while, everything worked out great. Thanks TOH for the smiles and giggles you gave to these kids!"

martinkathy User ID: 1478534 146914
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"have it's not a new recipe. but we used 2 of the chocolate carmel candies.Rolo . not chocolate cherries. also any cookie you have on hand thats round is okay. KC"

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