A Few years ago, my daughter and I made these adorable Pilgrim Hat Cookies for Thanksgiving. They turned out so perfectly adorable that THIS year, we decided to make a new cookie for Thanksgiving — Turkey Rice Krispie Treat Cookies!
These cookies were so fun to make! I started out making them on my own, but when my daughter saw what I was doing, she had to get in on the fun.
Here is what you need to make your own —
- Rice Krispie Cereal
- Candy Corn
- Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Large Marshmallows
- Chocolate Kisses
- Orange Food Coloring
- Candy Eyes
Start out by making your Marshmallow rice krispie treats. You do this just like you always have — take 4 tablespoons of butter and melt in a large pot. Then add your marshmallows and over medium heat, melt everything together.
Once your marshmallows are melted, add in 5 1/2 cups of rice krispie cereal and then stir to combine. Once you get it all combined, pour it out on a large cookie sheet. I used my new Kitchenaid non stick cookie sheet pan. I love it.
Now — take a tablespoon of butter and butter your hands well. This will keep the krispies from sticking to your hands as you flatten it out. Make it go all the way to the pan and smoosh it together really good.
Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes and let it cool, and then using a 3″ biscuit cutter, make circle rounds for your Turkey body. Place them on a piece of parchment or waxed paper.
Once you get them cut out, now take your Hershey Kisses and unwrap them all. Place them about mid ways in your Rice Krispie treat, turn upside down with the point end being pushed into your treat.
While Kayla was putting the kisses in the cookies, I took some semi sweet chocolate chips and melted them in the microwave. This is used as the glue for your candy corn, eyes, and turkey beard.
Put a few chips in a bowl, and then in 10 second increments, melt chips until they are just starting to melt. Do not keep microwaving or you will burn chocolate and there is NO coming back from that!
Once you have your chocolate melted, in another small bowl, add some plain rice krispies with a drop or two of orange food coloring for the turkey beard.
Now you are ready to assemble your turkeys!
Dip each candy eye in the chocolate and place on the top of the Hershey Kiss. The candy eyes you can get on Amazon or at Hobby Lobby — whereever you just happen to be shopping at that day!
Once you have your eyes on, add a little chocolate to a turkey beard and place it half on and half off of the chocolate kiss. Once you get done with that, take 5 Candy Corn, dip the back side of the bottom half in chocolate and place in a half moon pattern at the top of your rice krispie treat. At this time, your turkey should look like this —
Making these cookies with my daughter took about an hour from start to finish and we took them to church the next day for our bake sale. Every single one of them sold.
All we did was lightly wrap each one in plastic wrap and then placed them in the refrigerator to let the chocolate harden.
- ! For the krispie treats:
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- 10oz bag marshmallows
- 5½ cups Rice Krispies Cereal
- ! For the turkeys:
- ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels, melted
- 12 chocolate wafers (or Hershey Kisses)
- candy corn
- candy eyes
- orange food coloring
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once melted, add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted. Remove from heat and quickly fold in the cereal, until completely coated.
- Press lightly onto a baking sheet. Allow to set, about 30 minutes, or just throw in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Using a 3" inch round cookie cutter (or whatever desired size), cut circles into the krispie treat. Eat extra discarded krispies immediately.
- Using the melted semi-sweet chocolate, attach about 5 candy corn for feathers, one kiss for the face, and two eyes. For the beard, mix some plain rice krispies with orange food coloring and then attach those using the chocolate.
What is your favorite holiday cookie to make? I would love to hear your versions.