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Gobbler Goodies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling

Makes

28 servings

TURKEY at Thanksgiving is a timeless tradition. But you can give your holiday meal a novel twist with these birds of a different feather. The holiday treats are cute, sweet and made from all kinds of goodies youngsters love to nibble on. "The kids and I had a ball making these tasty turkeys for Thanksgiving one year," shares Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "They loved forming the turkey bodies from the gooey cereal mixture and twisting the sandwich cookies apart. "But using chocolate frosting to "glue" on the candy corn was their favorite part." This recipe makes a big batch of tempting turkeys, so there are plenty for snacking and sharing. These festive fall treats also would make fun favors at each place setting on your Thanksgiving table—if your family doesn't gobble them up first!
Gobbler Goodies Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 28 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate frosting
  • 1 package (11 ounces) candy corn
  • 28 malted milk balls
  • White candy coating, optional

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add marshmallows; stir over low heat until melted. Stir in cereal. Cool for 10 minutes. With buttered hands, form cereal mixture into 1-1/2-in. balls. Twist apart sandwich cookies. If desired, remove filling and save for another use. Spread frosting over each cookie half.
  2. Place 28 cookie halves under cereal balls to form the base for each turkey. Place 5 pieces of candy corn in a fan pattern on remaining cookie halves; press each half onto a cereal ball to form the tail. Attach remaining candy corn with frosting to form turkey wings. For head, attach malted milk ball with frosting; cut white tip off additional candy and attach to head with frosting to form beak. If desired, place melted white candy coating in a piping bag fitted with a #1 round tip; pipe onto head to form eyes. Allow to stand until frosting has set. Store, tightly covered at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 222 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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