Gobble gobble! I just love Thanksgiving Day. Let’s face it; it’s one of the few American celebrations that doesn’t revolve around presents and its main focus is on food. So, I’ll say it again, I love Thanksgiving! And even though I have never actually cooked a bird, I do have a fun and edible turkey craft for the kids (and adults) to do on Thanksgiving Day or anytime for that matter. So, after the last spoonful of cornbread stuffing has been gobbled up, clear the table and gather the little ones around for a festive Thanksgiving turkey craft. This is also a fantastic activity to do at Sunday school, a fall birthday party, Girl Scout or Boy Scout meetings or to just to enjoy as an afternoon autumn snack.
Here is my simple and sensational recipe for turkey treats:
First of all, you will need to purchase a package of fudge striped cookies or you can also use Salerno butter cookies with the hole in the middle. Next, buy a tub of vanilla or white cream cheese frosting. Then, you will need a bag of square caramel candies and a bag of candy corn as well. Finally, pick up a sack of Brach’s chocolate star candies, shredded coconut and green food coloring.
Once you have obtained the necessary turkey treat supplies, set them out on a table along with paper plates for each participating child. Give each person a cookie and using a dab of white frosting, have them “glue” it to the Brach’s chocolate candy stars for the turkey’s webbed feet. Next, also using the frosting as an adhesive, attach a caramel square onto the cookie for the turkey’s body. Now, for the beak, apply a candy corn onto the caramel square.
Once your turkey treats are constructed, set them aside for just a moment. In the meantime, pour the shredded coconut into a large bowl along with 8 to 10 drops of green food coloring and stir gently. Once your coconut is transformed into a grassy green hue, sprinkle a handful onto each child’s paper plate so that their turkeys can happily graze before consumption.
This is a wonderful and easy holiday activity to do with your kids on Thanksgiving Day. Or you can pre-make these turkey treats to bring to your next autumn event. And if you are really crafty, consider using the Salerno butter cookies drizzled with colorful icing to represent turkey feathers. Also, if you are on a budget, like so many people are lately, most of the turkey treat ingredients can be purchased at Aldi or even your local dollar store, particularly the cookies, frosting tubs and candy corn. Keep in mind these darling turkey treats also make for great edible gifts!