Get ready to gobble up some delicious fun with these adorable Nutter Butter turkeys! Perfect for fall and Thanksgiving, these sweet and nutty delights will delight both kids and adults. With a few simple ingredients, you can create these cute edible turkeys that are as tasty as they are cute.
Nutter butter turkeys are the cutest kid-friendly Thanksgiving dessert ever! This easy treat is so fun to make together as a family or let the kiddos make on their own. I love no-bake treats since they typically make less mess and will leave my oven space open for more delicious food. It can also be more comforting for us parents to let the little kids make something that doesn’t involve a hot oven.
Thanksgiving themed desserts are always so much fun! We love these turkey nutter butter cookies, and our fun turkey cupcakes too. Maybe it’s just my sweet tooth, but turkey looks better in the form of a cute dessert! You’re gonna love these easy and fun Thanksgiving Treats!.
Why You’ll Love Nutter Butter Turkeys
- This recipe is so simple that kids can make it all on their own. Encourage their independence by setting them up for success with an easy no bake recipe!
- These adorable nutter butter turkeys double as dessert and a cute decoration. You dessert table has never looked so good.
- Attaching all of these tiny decorations to these easy turkey cookies is great for refining fine motor skills.
Ingredients for Turkey Nutter Butter Cookies
- Nutter butter cookies – Buy the family size pack of the classic nutter butter cookies. That way you have plenty for this recipe and leftovers to munch on too!
- Candy eyeballs – Find these at your local hobby store or on the baking aisle of your local grocery store. You can buy them online too!
- Candy corn – My secret tip with candy corn…buy it right after Halloween when all the candy corn goes on sale. Candy corn stores really well, so it’ll last through all of your fun bakes that you’ll need it for.
- Round sprinkles – Get orange round sprinkles so you can make a beak for your turkey.
- Yellow candy melts – Use yellow candy melts as a stand to keep your turkeys standing upright.
- Red candy melts – Red candy will be the”glue” for decorations on your turkeys and some as the “wattle” too.
How to Make Nutter Butter Turkeys
- With the microwave on 50% power, melt the red candy melts in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each time. It should take about 4-5 minutes.
- Once melted and smooth, pour the melted candy into a prepared piping bag with a pointed tip.
- Next, pipe the melted red candy onto the back on each nutter butter cookie and attach 9 candy corns with the points facing in. Allow to set for 3 minutes.
- When the candy is set, flip over each cookie and add some more melted candy to attach two candy eyes. Add a little dot of red underneath the eyes to make a “wattle” for the nutter butter turkeys.
- Then press two orange sprinkles into the wattle to make a beak. Allow the candy to set again for another 3 minutes.
- Place a dollop of red melted candy on the bottom of each of these nutter butter Thanksgiving treats and press them into a yellow candy melt.
- Allow to set for 5 minutes then serve immediately or store until needed!
How to Store Leftover Turkey Nutter Butter Cookies
These easy turkey cookies will last for 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Store in a cool place that doesn’t change temperature so that the set candy melts will not sweat and cause the decorations to slide off.
Either store laying down, or stand them up in a tall airtight container like a cake box.
What substitutions can I make?
If you can’t find red candy melts, use some yellow or orange in its place. Then you can use a red jelly bean or red M&M as the wattle. Or, cut some red licorice into tiny pieces for the wattle.
You can also use an orange M&M as the beak! Or, cut triangle shapes out an orange starburst and attach with melting candy.
If you have trouble finding candy eyes, you can make some out of melting candy, fondant, or M&Ms.
Pro Tips for the Best Nutter Butter Turkeys
- Little hands may need assistance attaching some of the decorations. It could be helpful to pipe the melting candy for them and have them press the decorations into the “glue”.
- After you attach the candy corn, allow it the cookies to set while laying down. This will ensure the “feathers” on your easy turkey cookies don’t slide off or slide down.
- If you don’t have a piping bag, you can dip toothpicks or skewers into the red candy melts to use for the smaller details and use a ziploc bag with the corner cut off to glue on larger pieces.
Let me know how these silly little cookies turn out for you! Gotta love a good turkey dessert!
More Thanksgiving Recipes and Activities You’ll Love
- Want some more turkey themed fun? This Turkey Paper Bag Craft is great for all ages and is just adorable!
- Play Thanksgiving Bingo as a family with this easy printable.
- Need to keep the older kiddos entertained for bit? This Thanksgiving Word Search is perfect!
- Make homemade Thanksgiving decorations with this fun Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft.
Nutter Butter Turkeys
- 12 Nutter Butter cookies
- 108 candy corns
- ½ cup red candy melts
- 12 yellow candy melts
- 24 orange round sprinkle shapes
- 24 candy eyeballs
- In a small microwave safe mixing bowl, melt the red candy melts in the microwave. Melt in 30 second intervals at 50% power. Stir between each interval. This will take 4-5 minutes.
- Transfer the melted candy melts in a piping bag. Pipe melted candy melts onto the outside edge of one side of the cookies. Use the piped candy melts to attach 9 candy corns to the outside edge of one side of the cookie. You want the narrow end of the candy corn to be facing inward. Allow to set for 3 minutes.
- Flip the cookie over and using the melted candy, attach two eyes. Use the red melted candy to create a little “wattle” leading from the eyes and immediately press 2 orange round sprinkles to create a little beak. Allow the face to set for 3 minutes.
- Place a dollop of the red melted candy at the base of the cookie and press one of the yellow candy melts into it to create a base. This will allow the cookie to stand upright.
- Allow to set for 5 minutes and serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
- If you can't find red candy melts, use some yellow or orange in its place. Then you can use a red jelly bean or red M&M as the wattle. Or, cut some red licorice into tiny pieces for the wattle.
- You can also use an orange M&M as the beak! Or, cut triangle shapes out an orange starburst and attach with melting candy.
- If you have trouble finding candy eyes, you can make some out of melting candy, fondant, or M&Ms.