Nutter Butter and Chocolate Turkeys

Thanksgiving is around the corner … need a sweet simple, easy peasy and pretty darn cute turkey to help decorate the table?  Well, you are going to love my Nutter Butter and Chocolate Turkeys!  They can be used as place card holders, too … dessert and a place card (that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face) all in one … bonus!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Turkeys

Now that you have seen my peanut butter and chocolate turkeys … what do ya think?  I think they are a little silly … just like my family …

Thanksgiving Turkey Nutter Butter Place Cards

These are not your typical place cards … fun, not formal … we are not a formal family!  We may not be formal, but do set the table … even break out Grandma’s silverware and the “good” dishes.

You can find the supplies to make these turkeys at most grocery stores.  They can be made now and kept in an air tight container until Thanksgiving … they’re not just easy … convent too! I would recommend adding the name cards after placing them on the table, because they are just set in place (not attached).

For each turkey you will need …

Turkey cookie

1.  Make the turkey head (just like we did for the Turkey Pops) – attach the eyes, beak and wattle with a dot of melted chocolate.

Cookie place cards

2.  Attach the mini fudge stripe cookies as tail feathers – use melted chocolate on the stripe side of the cookie to attach it to the back side of the chocolate wafer, let chocolate harden.  Use more chocolate on the backside to “reinforce” the tail feathers, let chocolate harden.

3.  Use melted chocolate to attach the Nutter Butter to the chocolate wafer (keep bottom edge of cookies even).  Attach orange candies (feet) with a dot of chocolate, let harden.  To make turkey stand up – use a dollop (about the size of a nickel) of melted chocolate on top of a chocolate wafer – place turkey on melted chocolate and hold until set.  Hint:  to help the turkey stand up quickly – place the turkey on melted chocolate, lift the turkey slightly and then place back down on wafer cookie.

Nutter Butter Chocolate Turkey

 

News flash … you know how my family like to tease me about my creations … not one family member rolled their eyes, told me that I’m a dork or laughed at me … just wanted to know when it was okay to eat the turkeys!!!  The hubby actually told me “they are pretty cool” … I almost fainted ;)

Nutter Butter Cookie Turkeys

 

Do you set a formal table for Thanksgiving … informal … buffet?  I love to hear your comments!

 

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Pumpkin Pie Candy

Do you like pumpkin pie and pie crust?  Do you like candy?  How about having fun with food?

I have got a treat for you …

pumpkin pie candy with crustThis is candy on pie crust!  Kind of looks like pumpkin pie … doesn’t it?

I don’t normally serve my pie with a candy pumpkin on top … since this isn’t really pumpkin pie … figured it was OK here.   This is just a fun little treat … hope it puts a smile on your face :)

Add a few chocolate chips for those who like chocolate with pumpkin!Pumpkin Pie candy chocolate SixletsMaking faux pumpkin pie is easy peasy … let me show you how to make two Candy Pumpkin Pies …pumpkin pie candy 1,2,31.  Supplies for 2 pies –

  • 1 package (1 pound) of Vanilla CandiQuik (or candy melts)
  • Orange Candy Coloring (oil based)
  • 1 package of refrigerated pie crusts (2)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • Autumn Sixlets and candy pumpkins for garnish

2.  Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Follow package directions for oven temperatures and handling dough.  Spread dough on prepared baking sheets.  Prick the dough several times with a fork.  Fold the dough edge up about 1/2″ and crimp or pinch the edge, just like making a real pie.  Chill for a few minutes.

3.  Bake according to package directions.  Please notice the crust on the right … I didn’t chill it … the edges didn’t hold their shape as well at the crust on the left.  Let the crusts cool.

pumpkin pie candy 4,5,74.  Melt 3/4 of the package (12 ounces) of CandiQuick in a medium bowl (I used a 4 cup measuring cup).  Add a few drops of orange candy coloring.  Stir in 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips (until melted) and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice … taste it!  Add more butterscotch chips and/or pumpkin pie spice if you like!  We like the flavor of butterscotch and used the whole cup of chips with 1-1/2 teaspoons of spice.  Spread candy mixture over the two pies crusts.  Add a few chocolate chips if desired.  Chill for just a couple of minutes, then let it sit at room temperature until it’s totally firmed up. 

5.  Warning - be patient!!!  Look at the center of the candy … I wasn’t patient … the candy was not firmed up and I tried to cut it!  Do not do this … learn from my mistakes!  Sorry to sound so bossy … just trying to help ;)

6.  No Photo … Wait for the candy to harden up and then wait five more minutes!

7.  Cut the candy with the longest knife you own.  Try not to use a sawing motion … just press down.

pumpkin pie candy 8,9,108.  I cut each pie into 8 slices … cleaning off your knife between slices is helpful.

9.  Melt the remaining 4 ounces of CandiQuick … this is the fake whipped cream for your fake pie.  Add a small spoon of candy to each slice … let it sit a minute.

10.  Add another little dollop of candy whipped cream on top of the first dollop … gives it a little dimension.  Add candy garnish!

Pumpkin Pie Candy

I ♥ your comments!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuick for supplying the vanilla coating!  Thank you to SweetWorks for supplying the Sixlets!  

♦  I share my stuff at these fun parties  ♦

Chocolate Acorns

I’m nuts about acorns and anything acorn related!

I am attracted to acorns themselves, acorn plates, acorn photos, acorn charms … you get the idea.

Do you like these roly-poly little guys …
chocolate acorns

I made them just for you!

These acorns are candy (like a Nestle Crunch Bar) on the bottom and a cookie (similar to a Girl Scout Samoa) on the top.  The cookies have been hidden away in the cupboard for sometime … the hubby’s eyes lite up when he saw them … I knew they weren’t safe around him.  I always gotta keep an eye on him and my cookies ;)

This is what you will need to make 18 acorns …

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1.  Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.  Pour about 1/3 of a cup into a squeeze bottle (or bag), reserve remaining chocolate.  Lay cookies a wax paper covered tray and drizzle chocolate over the tops of the cookies, creating a cross-hatch pattern.  Set aside to let chocolate firm up.  Save the chocolate in the bottle for attaching cookies.

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2.  The pretzels should be about 2″ tall … break pretzels if necessary.

3.  Add rice cereal to chocolate and stir to combine.  Spoon chocolate mixture into mold … about 1″ deep.

4.  Insert pretzel into the middle of the chocolate and tap the mold on the counter to even it out and remove any air bubbles … straighten pretzel if necessary.  Chill until set (5-10 minutes in freezer).

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5.  Remove chocolates from mold.  If you use a silicone mold, you will need to push from the bottom.

6.  Squirt a ring of chocolate around the pretzel (close to the outer edge).

7.  Place a prepared cookie on top and you have created a chocolate acorn!  Repeat 17 more times ;)

acorn samoa chocolate

These would be a perfect addition to each place setting at the Thanksgiving table!

cookie candy acorns 2013You may remember these acorns from the past …

Nutter Butter Acorns 2012 Acorns

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2011 Acorns

It is my goal to create a new acorn every year!  I just love acorns ;)

I always ♥ your comments!

♦  I share my stuff at these fun parties!  ♦

*  Thank you once again to Miss CandiQuik for the chocolate :)

Thanksgiving Ideas …

Do you know what you are making for Thanksgiving dessert?   Here are a few ideas from last year …

These Pecan Pie Cupcakes have been a popular item lately.  I didn’t originally think about them for Thanksgiving … I may be making them this year …

Cupcakes are always a hit … how about Turkey Cupcakes

Or maybe Cornucopia Cupcakes

Everyone could have their own turkey leg with these Cake Pops

These Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats on sticks are easy to serve …

Do you remember these Sweet Acorns from last year …

Or do you like the Nutter Butter Acorns that I made this year …

For more ideas … just click on the Thanksgiving or Fall Category to the right.

I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMMENTS!

 

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Gone Wrong

This is the pumpkin pie that I took to my in-law’s yesterday … kind of ugly and embarrassing.

This is the pie that I baked to leave at home.

Let me tell you what happened … I baked two pies … one was a little larger than the other.   The plan was to take the larger pie and leave the smaller one at home.  I used ready-made pie crust … it wasn’t large enough to crimp the edges of the large pie.

A brilliant solution came to me … after baking, I would place some of those small pumpkin shaped marshmallows around the edge of the pie.  Sounds good … doesn’t it?

We had a short discussion … the hubby, son #2 and me … about food presentation.  Son #2 and the hubby have the opinion that too many television chefs place too much importance on food presentation.  I believe that presentation is important, but the food does not have to be a “work of art”.  After all … everyone is entitled to an opinion … right?

So, after I took the pies out of the oven and placed them on a cooling rack … I carefully placed the pumpkin marshmallows on the larger pie.  I thought that it looked rather cute … and I wanted the marshmallows to melt a little bit and stick to the pie.

I took a shower … 30 minutes later … the marshmallows did stick to the pie … and no longer looked like pumpkins!  In my opinion … the pie looked like a big gooey mess (refer to photo #1).

I took both pies … figuring that no one would touch the gooey one.

Well, they ate the gooey one … and the smaller one did come home with me.

Go figure!

I ♥ comments …

Thanksgiving Review …

What are you making for Thanksgiving?  Here is a quick “round-up” of my Thanksgiving ideas for this year …

  Sweet Acorns … I’m bringing a bowl to the in-laws … does it count as a side dish? … or vegetable?

  Pumpkin Shaped Marshmallows … I may bring some of these too!

  Turkey Cupcakes … I do luv Mr. Turkey Lurkey.

  Pumpkindoodles … They were yummy.

  Cornucopia Cupcakes … Very easy to make.

  Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats … Sooo simple.

   Turkey Leg Cake Pops … Drumsticks for everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving ! 

Turkey Leg Cake Pops

Are these an entrée, appetizer or dessert?  Yes, they are cake pops!  A simple and fun little treat to make for Thanksgiving or anytime.

This is what you will need …

  • 2 pounds of milk chocolate candy melts
  • 16 oz. container of ready-made frosting
  • 48 small pretzel sticks
  • 9″ x 13″ cake (I used Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix)

First of all … I will try to do my best of explaining how to make cake pops.  However, it will not hurt my feelings if you want to check out the expert, Bakerella … she is the queen of cake pops.  I did have the pleasure of attending a class that she taught at the Oregon Coast Cupcake Camp last year.  She is a great teacher … and a nice person too!

Make sure that your cake is totally cooled after baking … and crumble it in a large bowl.  I used my hands and took two pieces of cake and basically rubbed them together …

Add 3/4 of the tub of frosting and mix well … until all combined …

Roll the mixture into balls about 1-1/2″ balls (size of walnut) … and shape to look like a pear or teardrop … lay on wax paper lined tray …

Refrigerate at least 1 hour … remove 12 cake balls from the fridge and then dip the pretzel in melted chocolate and insert into the small end of the cake ball …

Refrigerate again until chilled … then dip in melted chocolate to cover the cake and partially up the pretzel.  I did not worry about air bubbles in the chocolate … turkey legs are not perfectly smooth …

Lay on wax paper lined sheet and refrigerate again if necessary to firm up chocolate … repeat until you have completed all the cake balls.

I would love to hear from you … please leave a comment!