Turkey Cookies

In an attempt to replicate the famous tradtional Pinterest inspired turkey cookies made with chocolate sandwich cookies, I was on a mission to find some clean ingredients and also replicate the adorable treats in gluten free fashion.  I knew right away that our favorite gluten free JoJo’s from Trader Joe’s would be my cookie base and that Justin’s mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups would become our turkey body.  Then, after a little searching, I was able to find the rest of our yummy kid-approved ingredients, including delicious frosting (ie the “glue” that holds it all together, and the candy corn feathers).  

If you haven’t given Simple Mills organic frosting a try yet, you’re totally missing out on some amazing frosting!  It has way less sugar than conventional store-bought frosting, not to mention the fact that it has clean ingredients so you don’t have to worry about the negative effects of genetically modified ingredients and chemicals disrupting your body.  Win, win!   It tastes delicious too, is certified gluten free and even dairy free!  We were also able to hunt down some gluten free, non-gmo candy corn at Whole Foods and again, we love it for all of the same reasons we love anything organic.  The taste replicates the old candy corn I remember from childhood.  For food coloring, we love to use Watkin’s natural dye which uses natural clean ingredients to color frosting.  Say goodbye to red40 and yellow5.  It’s a little pricier, but so worth it!

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Now, are you ready to learn how to assemble these adorable kid-friendly cookies?  Let’s get started….

You’ll need: 

  1. A box of favorite gluten free chocolate sandwich cookies (We use Trader Joes) (budget 2 cookies per turkey)
  2. bag of non-gmo gluten free candy corn (budget 5 pieces per turkey)
  3. Simple Mills vanilla frosting
  4. red, orange and yellow Watkins natural food dye
  5. small bag of Justins dark chocolate peanut butter cups (You can make your own homemade mini cups too, certainly recommended with sunbutter for peanut allergy friends! 🙂  (budget 1 1/2 cups per turkey cookie ie body and head)
  • Lay out your ingredients in mini assembly piles of 2 cookies each, paired with 5 pieces of candy corn, and 1 1/2 unwrapped peanut butter cups.  (You will need to unwrap and cut in half, the remaining peanut butter cups for each turkey head.)
  • Now, carefully twist apart one of your sandwich cookies per turkey, leaving the second one assembled, as is.  It’s time to place the feathers in between.  With a butter knife and frosting, layer in some frosting on bottom cookie piece to act as glue to hold the 5 candy corn feathers.  I tried to alternate candy corn color so there was variety, in a fan-like shape.  Now, sandwich the top cookie piece back on.  You can add more frosting in middle to stick it together as needed.  We found some cookies needed more frosting “glue” than others.  
  • With assembled feather cookie laying flat, glue second sandwich cookie to front of sandwich cookie with feathers vertically, using frosting as glue to hold it in place.  
  • Glue peanut butter cups in place with frosting to form the body and head, all while feather cookie remains flat.  Allow to set for 30 min before decorating the eyes, feet, and beak.  

While the cookies are drying together, you can mix your yellow and orange frosting next.  (Use red and yellow to mix orange, you won’t need much)

We love to use Watkin’s no artificial dye food coloring.  You can find it on Amazon or if you’re lucky enough…we found it at our local Target.  Using either a frosting decorator tip or a ziploc plastic baggie with the corner cut out, add the beak with orange and the feet and eyes to the cookies with yellow.  Tah-dah!  The littles will gobble them up and you’ll free great knowing these treats are chemical and dye free.  Win, win.  turkey-cookies-blog-post-cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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