These no-bake turkey cookies have a blast of ginger, vanilla and chocolate in each bite. Plus aren’t they cute? And not a single piece of candy corn in sight!
I set out on a mission this week. To create a cute turkey cookie without using candy corn. Because candy corn is gross, in my opinion, and it seems to be the staple of all things “turkey” in the baked goods realm. I knew I wanted to use Anna’s Swedish Thin Cookies as my base, because they have that beautiful scalloped edge, and they are DELICIOUS. They come in ginger, orange, almond and (maybe?) mint- I haven’t seen the mint recently, so maybe not. And- before you think you won’t be able to find them, they are at most Walgreens, Walmarts, and (of course!) at Amazon- you maybe haven’t ever noticed them before.
So one Anna’s cookie, one mini Nilla Wafer, a little colored chocolate, candy eyes, and voila! An adorable and tasty turkey cookie- just in time for Thanksgiving!
I also want to say- once you get your chocolates melted, these go together fast. They are a super quick way to make people smile over the holidays.
Want some instructions? (Printable version here)
Ingredients: (makes about 32 turkey cookies)
- One box of Anna’s Swedish Thins in whatever flavor you like best
- One box of mini Nilla Wafers
- One bag of Wiltons Candy Melts in dark chocolate
- 1/4 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in blue, white and orange
- 3 small zip-top bags
- Just a few Wilton’s candy melts in red.
- Candy eyeballs (2 for each cookie)
- Unwrap Anna’s cookies and Nilla wafers and place in small bowls for easy reach.
- Lay a piece of parchment paper on your countertop.
- Place dark chocolate candy melts in a large bowl, and blue, white and orange melts each in their own smaller bowls.
- Melt all candy melts (except red) in the microwave (30 second increments, stirring between, until melted and smooth).
- Carefully spoon the blue, white, and red melts into individual zip-top bags, zip them shut, and clip a small corner off the bottom of the bag with scissors.
- Place these warm bags of melts on a warm plate, and cover with a warm towel (to prevent them from hardening up while you use them).
- Place one Ginger Thin in the dark chocolate melts- top down. Turn it over with a fork (covering both sides with chocolate), and then lift it up on the fork and tap the fork against a side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off cookie. Slide covered cookie off fork and onto parchment paper.
- Pipe a line of white melts around the top edge of the cookie- almost in a circle. Then pipe a blue line inside the white, and an orange inside of that.
- Use a toothpick to pull the lines of color to the lower center of the cookie, pulling in along the lines of the cookie’s scalloped edge.
- Place a mini Nilla Wafer on the bottom center of cookie.
Note: Only do one to two cookies at a time. You want the dark chocolate on the cookie to still be soft when you pull your lines of color in. If your dark chocolate in the bowl begins to cool and harden, just pop it back in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- After all cookies are decorated and all have a Nilla Wafer placed, glue eyes on by using a little of the left-over white melts and a toothpick. Dab a little of the melts on the back of an eye and then press it onto the Nilla Wafer.
- Add a few red melts to your orange ones and re-melt for the beaks. Use a toothpick to draw little beaks on each bird.
My thoughts: Sometimes the way I “see” a potential idea in my head just doesn’t work when I make it, but these are even more cute (and they were much easier) than I expected. If you want a fun little edible craft to add to your Thanksgiving table, these really are so perfect! I hope you get a chance to make them! ~r
Want a few more fun recipes for Turkey Day??? Here you go! (just click on a photo to see the recipe)