Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

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A turkey with frosting on it?  really.  Now that doesn’t sound good at all.

But wait, these turkeys are different.

They’re made out of cupcakes, cookies and candy.  A match made in heaven.

Now you’re talking.

Here’s a fun way to make adorable cupcakes that kids of all ages will love.

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These tasty turkeys double as pretty Thanksgiving decorations too.

They’re super colorful and really quick and easy to make.  It’s surprisingly fast to assemble them especially if you use pre-made cake mix and frosting.

The only downside is that this turkey has a super cute face with eyeballs that may be looking at you just before you take a bite.

But other than that I’d highly recommend these yummies.

So give these cuties a try and add some extra cookies and candy when gathering the ingredients so the chef can have samples during the assembly process.

The inspiration for these cupcakes came from adorable turkey cupcakes by the Brown Eyed Baker and Jeanne Benedict.

Have a great weekend!

Let’s check out the ingredients.

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Unfrosted chocolate cupcakes, chocolate frosting, candy corn, Oreo cookies with chocolate creme filling (the regular Oreos are fine too), Nutter Butter cookies, whole almonds, red fruit roll up, and Wilton candy eyeballs.

Here’s how to make it.

For the turkey’s body:

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Frost each cupcake…

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and set aside for a moment.

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For the turkey’s tail feathers:

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Dip the tips of the candy corn in the frosting so that just a dab of frosting is on the pointy part of the candy corn.  Gently slide 7 candy corn just slightly inside each Oreo cookie.

Evenly space the candy corn so that they cover about ½ of the diameter of the Oreo cookie in the shape of a fan.

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Add a dab of frosting to the bottom of the Oreo cookie (the part without the candy corn).

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Gently set the bottom of the Oreo cookie about ½ of an inch inside an edge of the cupcake on top of the area that was frosted.  If needed, add a little more frosting to the edge of the Oreo cookie to make it stay upright on top of the cupcake.

For the turkey’s head:

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For the beak – cut the almonds in half and use just the pointy part of the almond for the beak.

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Add a dab of frosting to back of the pointy piece of the almond and gently stick it on to an outer edge of the Nutter Butter cookie about halfway between the curve in the middle of the cookie and the top of the cookie.

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For the wattle – with clean scissors cut pieces of the red fruit roll up in the shape of a turkey’s wattle.

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Next,

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add a dab of frosting to the edge of the Nutter Butter cookie just under the beak and then attach the wattle.

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For the eyes – add a dab of frosting to the back of the candy eyeballs and attach them to each side of the cookie just above the middle of the beak.

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To attach the head to the cupcake, add a generous dab of frosting to the edge of the Nutter Butter cookie that is opposite of the edge where the wattle is attached.

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Then attach the turkey’s head to the cupcake.

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Each time that the cupcake is moved just make sure to hold on to the head with one hand and the cupcake with the other.

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And that’s it.

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Enjoy!

Here are some more delish Thanksgiving recipes:

How to barbeque a turkey
Cherry pineapple and mandarin orange ambrosia
Sage sausage stuffing

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

12 plain chocolate cupcakes (unfrosted)
1 container of premade chocolate frosting (16 ounce container)
12 Oreo cookies filled with chocolate creme (or regular Oreos filled with white creme is fine too)
84 candy corn candies (assorted colors if available)
12 Nutter Butter Cookies
12 whole raw almonds
24 Wilton candy eyeballs
Red fruit roll up ("Fruit by the Foot" is a nice color of red for this application)

Directions:

For the turkey’s body:

Frost each cupcake and set aside for a moment.

For the turkey’s tail feathers:

Dip the tips of the candy corn in the frosting so that just a dab of frosting is on the pointy part of the candy corn. Gently slide 7 candy corn just slightly inside each Oreo cookie. Evenly space the candy corn so that they cover about ½ of the diameter of the Oreo cookie in the shape of a fan. Add a dab of frosting to the bottom of the Oreo cookie (the part without the candy corn). Gently set the bottom of the Oreo cookie about ½ of an inch inside an edge of the cupcake on top of the area that was frosted. If needed, add a little more frosting to the edge of the Oreo cookie to make it stay upright on top of the cupcake.

For the turkey’s head:

For the beak - cut the almonds in half and use just the pointy part of the almond for the beak. Add a dab of frosting to back of the pointy piece of the almond and gently stick it on to an outer edge of the Nutter Butter cookie about halfway between the curve in the middle of the cookie and the top of the cookie.

For the wattle – with clean scissors cut pieces of the red fruit roll up in the shape of a turkey’s wattle. Add a dab of frosting to the edge of the Nutter Butter cookie just under the beak and then attach the wattle.

For the eyes – add a dab of frosting to the back of the candy eyeballs and attach them to each side of the cookie just above the beak.

To attach the head to the cupcake, add a generous dab of frosting to the edge of the Nutter Butter cookie that is opposite of the edge where the wattle is attached. Then attach the turkey’s head to the cupcake. Each time that the cupcake is moved just make sure to hold on to the head with one hand and the cupcake with the other.

Inspired by Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes by Brown Eyed Baker and Jeanne Benedict

 

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4 Responses to “Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes”

  1. Coco in the Kitchen — January 7, 2014 @ 4:42 pm (#
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    OMG These are just so cute! How did I miss them?
    My sister would love to make these w the kids!

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    • Nancy — January 7th, 2014 @ 11:25 pm

      Hi there! I’m so glad you like them. They’re super easy and fun to make too. Have a great rest of the week!

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  2. Ami — March 13, 2014 @ 7:36 pm (#
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    Love these. Made them for my nieces and they went crazy over them. Had a hard time finding the candy eyeballs, though.

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    • Nancy — March 13th, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

      Hi Ami, so glad that your nieces liked them! I wondered if the candy eyeballs may be hard to find at some stores. I’ve been lucky finding them I think. I found them by the cake decorating section at Target and in the grocery store I shop at. Hopefully the package you got will last a while. Thank you for letting me know how the cupcakes worked out!

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