You and your family will gobble up this chance to play with your food and take some of the stress out of the hectic Thanksgiving holiday. Even young children can make these treats. Do them ahead and set one at each place or fill a tray with these little birds and pass them out at dessert. Either way, these turkey favors are sure to become part of your Thanksgiving tradition from now on. Also a great Thanksgiving morning project to keep kids occupied while you make the gravy and cut the real bird.
This makes a entire flock of turkeys. Make as few or as many as you wish until you’ve used up all the ingredients.
1 box Glutino Original Crackers
1 bag Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, 1 per turkey
1 bag Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses, 1 per turkey
1 bag Indian Candy Corn (check labels), 5 for tailfeathers per turkey plus 1 for each beak and feet*
6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 ½ tablespoons milk
Beat the butter until fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until crumbly. Add the milk and beat until smooth. Add a little more milk, if necessary, to create a smooth frosting. However, remember, this is the spackle that holds everything together. It needs to be thick.
Follow these steps to make assembly easier and prevent crackers from breaking.
Lay out the crackers on wax paper-lined cookie sheets.
Spread some frosting over the bottom of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Set them slightly back from the center of a cracker and away from you. Put a small blob of frosting on the front of the peanut butter cup (facing you).
Spread a thick layer of frosting over the front of a second cracker and on the bottom edge of the cracker. This should be a fairly thick layer so the candy corn and kiss can adhere.
Press the frosted cracker against the blob of frosting on the peanut butter cup at a slight angle and press the bottom edge of frosting onto the first cracker. Hold it there for a minute to steady the cracker.
Now comes the fun part. Put a generous dollop of frosting on the bottom of a Hershey’s Kiss and set it in the center of the frosted cracker. This will be the beak. Press five candy corn in an arc around the cracker with the points toward the kiss. Start by placing one at the top of the cracker and two on each side so your turkey’s feathers will be even.
Note: It’s important to plant the kiss on the cracker first to stabilize it.
For the beak, cut the white and a little of the orange from a candy corn, smear a little frosting on the back, and smoosh it down above the pointy part of the kiss.
Cut two slices from the remaining orange part of this candy corn. Smear a little frosting on one narrow side of each and set them at the base of the cracker for feet. Voila. Your turkey favors are ready!
Put them in the fridge to harden or just leave them at room temperature, especially if your kitchen is cool. Don’t wrap them or some of the feathers may come loose.
Make these ahead if you are planning to use them for favors or set out all the ingredients and let the kids create decorations for the table on Thanksgiving Day.
* Indian Candy Corn is best because it is brown, orange and white (like turkey feathers). However, you can also use Candy Corn if you have it leftover from Halloween (It’s brighter orange, yellow, and white.)