Turkey Blossom Cookies
Me and over the top holiday treats go hand and hand.
I’m not sure I have a favorite thanksgiving themed dessert because they will serve different purposes!
If you want something quick & easy try our M&M turkey tart! It’s a brownie mix baked in a round tart pan, but you could also bake it in a round cake pan.
If you want something healthy make this CUTE turkey fruit platter! It’s a great pre-turkey snack/appetizer.
If you’re looking for an EDIBLE place card holder, we have an over the top idea of turning a pear into a turkey and using dried fruit as the feathers.
And last, if you’re into making layered cakes, this one is for you – a 3 layered pumpkin chocolate cake that looks like a turkey thanks to all the chocolate shards you add!
These turkey blossom cookies are a twist on the classic holiday peanut butter blossom cookies. You just need a few extra embellishments to make them look like turkeys!
Now.. these do require a little bit of time and yes the feathers are a bit fragile, and there are probably other ways you could add feathers to these cookies, but this is what I did!
The cookie base is straight forward – it’s a peanut butter cookie with a hershey kiss, an orange reese’s pieces for the beak and mini candy eye balls.
For the feathers I used pretzel sticks dipped in vanilla almond bark and then rolled the pretzels in various colors of sanding sugar. To adhere the feathers to the cookie, I made indentations in the cookie using a kabob skewer so the pretzels would have a place to “sit”. Then I dipped the ends of the pretzel sticks into chocolate almond bark and held each one in an indentation until the chocolate harden slightly.
For a step-by-step of how to make this turkey blossom cookie recipe, watch this short video:
Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Hershey's Kisses (one of each cookie)
- Orange reese's pieces (one for each beak)
- Mini candy eye balls
- Pretzel sticks (broken in half)
- Vanilla almond bark
- Red, orange, yellow and brown sanding sugar
- Chocolate almond bark
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer for 1 minutes, until smooth and fluffy. Add in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla extract, beat again, less than 1 minute. Add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, mixing with a spatula just until there are small flour streaks left - it’s okay if the batter has clumps! Be careful not to over mix.
- Use a small cookie scoop to form balls from the dough. Place the cookies on a silicone lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden and the tops begin to crack slightly. Bake the cookies in batches so you don’t crowd the baking sheet.
- Once the cookies come out of the oven, place a hershey kiss in the center of each one. Allow the kisses to get slightly soft, then add an orange reese’s pieces in the middle of each kiss for the beak. Add 2 mini candy eye balls to each kiss.
- Meanwhile, dip one end of the pretzel sticks in melted vanilla almond bark. Then roll the sticks in sanding sugar. I placed a pile of red, orange, yellow, and brown sanding sugar on separate plates to do this. Allow the pretzel sticks to harden before adding them to the cookies.
- Use a kabob skewer to make indentations in the cookies so the feathers have a place to “sit”. Dip the non-sprinkle end of the pretzels into melted chocolate almond bark and hold them in place in the indentations until they harden slightly.
- Let the feathers harden before serving. The feathers are fragile, be careful!