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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Nutter Butter Turkey Pops

Nutter Butter Turkey Pops are not a new idea, but this is the first time that I’ve made them!  These pops are the perfect Thanksgiving treat for everybody.  Use the turkeys as a take home favor … sweet treat!

Nutter Butter Turkey Pops

I had fun making these little guys … change the faces or tail feathers … there are no rules!   Have you seen the different flavors of candy corn available … caramel apple, gingerbread, pumpkin spice … too many to name!  This project is pretty fast and easy … as usual.

Cookie & Candy Turkey Pops

Let’s get started … to make each turkey you will need:

  • A cute paper straw (or lollipop stick)
  • 1 Nutter Butter cookie
  • 1 chocolate wafer cookie (such as Nabisco Famous)
  • 7 pieces of candy corn (whatever flavor you like)
  • 1 or 2 candy eyeballs
  • chocolate covered sunflowers seeds – 1 red & 1 yellow
  • melted chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik) … royal icing could also be used

Turkey cookie

1.  Use a toothpick and dot of melted chocolate to attach candy eyeballs and sunflower seeds to the Nutter Butter … have fun with the eyeballs, they are goofy little turkeys!

Turkey candy corn

2.  Dip the small end of the candy corn in melted chocolate and arrange them close together on the bottom side of the chocolate cookie.

3.  Add a little extra chocolate to reinforce the “tail feathers” and let harden.

thanksgiving turkey pop

4.  Flatten the end of each paper straw (about 1 1/2″ – 2″).

5.  I placed an extra under the chocolate wafers to help balance them.  Dip the flat end of the straw in melted chocolate and lay it on the chocolate wafer.

6.  Add a Nutter Butter immediately and let the chocolate harden up before moving the pop.

Turkey Nutter Butter Cookie

Make these pops … impress your family and friends … then shake your tail feathers!

I gotta go now … working on one more turkey to share with you in a day or two ;)

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Nutter Butter Chickens

Good morning!  I am typing this post from a hotel room … the hubby and I are on “spring break”.  We are not college kids, but the parents of a college kid left at home to go to work and school while we have fun!  I like this version of a spring break and highly recommend it ;)  These little pops were made the night before we skipped town.  It has been a year since I made Nutter Butter Chicks … they grew up … into Nutter Butter Chickens!

Nutter Butter Chicks Chickens

While the kid is home studying … maybe he can figure out the answer to this question …

Chicken Nutter Butter

I love these little guys … or girls … easy to make and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Here are the easy peasy instructions and stuff that you will need to make about 16 Nutter Butter Chickens …

  • 1 pound white/vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1 package Nutter Butter Cookies
  • 16 sticks (I used wooden coffee stirrers)
  • 32 white Jordan Almonds
  • 32 orange Reese’s Pieces (I found a pack of orange ones shaped like a carrot in the Easter candy at Target)
  • 32 candy eyeballs
  • 16 yellow candy chips (such as Wilton Rainbow Chips)
  • 16 each jumbo & small red heart sprinkles
  • Tweezers may be helpful!

Nutter Butter Chickens

  1. Melt candy coating.  Line a tray with wax paper or parchment.  Use the coffee stirrer to separate a Nutter Butter, use a little melted candy to attach the stirrer, put cookie back together immediately.
  2. Dip cookie into melted candy, tap off excess, drag bottom of cookie across the bowl’s edge to remove excess candy and place on prepared tray. Move to step 3 immediately.
  3. Place 2 Jordan Almonds against cookie to form wings, add 2 orange candies for feet and then add a large red heart in the top/middle as the “comb”.  Note:  it may be necessary to hold this still for a moment for it to stick, tweezers help!  Chill to set or let sit at room temp.
  4. Use a dot of melted candy to attach small heart (wattle), beak and eyeballs.

Nutter Butter Chicken Rooster

My guys gave opinions …

  • The Peanut Butter Man says … the chickens look like Casper (the friendly ghost) … silly man! … corrected himself rather quickly … also added that the Nutter Butter came before the chicken!
  • Son #3 says … they look like cartoon chickens … smart man! … just the look I was going for :)

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Baby pics …

Nutter butter chicks  Nutter Butter Chicks

Simplified Nutter Butter Hearts

Good morning!  Yesterday I was very excited to share my Nutter Butter Broken Hearts.  Shortly after I finished the post, shared on Facebook and Pinterest … I started to have second thoughts about my hearts … were they overdone or complicated?  Why didn’t I simplify them?  I’m all about simple, after all!

Well … I simplified …

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To tell you the truth … while I was making the batch of hearts for yesterday’s post, I was worried about the two pieces of cookie needing the chocolate backing to help hold everything together.  I was wrong … it was not necessary … although, there’s nothing wrong about having extra chocolate!

This is what I tried and it worked!

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Cut the cookies like I showed you yesterday … apply some melted chocolate to one cut edge … press the two pieces together … apply top decoration as desired … chill for a few minutes!  SUPER SIMPLE … EASY PEASY … just the way it should be ;)

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By the way … as I was making these, my hubby walked by and told me that I’m a genius … and he laughed!  That’s just how our relationship works ;)

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How to Mend a Broken Nutter Butter Heart

Do you ever have one of those nights where you just can’t fall asleep … start thinking about everything under the sun?  I had one of those nights … thought about new Christmas projects, chocolate, dirty laundry and Valentine Nutter Butter cookies!

I wish Nutter Butter cookies were made in a variety of shapes … since they aren’t … I felt the need to make my own heart shape for Valentine’s Day.  OK, it’s time to cue the music and start singing … How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by the Bee Gees … or just hum along.  I do have the answer to the question … you can mend a broken heart with chocolate … at least a broken Nutter Butter Heart ;)

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I was home alone when I cut the first cookie … I had never seen this done before … did I invent a Nutter Butter Heart?  My imagination took over … I felt like a genius, an inventor, maybe a mad scientist … could almost hear Alton Brown laughing in the background … yeah, I got a little carried away!  The Peanut Butter Man came home … I shared my Nutter Butter Heart invention … reminded him that I’m a genius, again … he laughed, again.  Why does he laugh at me?  However, he was very happy that it involved Nutter Butters, as usual ;)

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I want to share my joy with you …

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Easy as pie!  Cutting the cookie at different angles creates different shape hearts (as in the above photo).  I used a gentle back and forth sawing motion and with a small serrated steak knife on a cutting board.

I used my electric griddle (on warm, about 150°) to melt several colors of candy coating/candy melts/chocolate …

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Gathered various sprinkles and pearls…

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Then, I used a Nutter Butter heart to draw 4 patterns (a little larger than the cookie) on white paper …

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  1. Cover the paper pattern with wax paper.
  2. Use melted candy in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag to draw the outline (add pearls if desired) let it dry for a few minutes.
  3. Fill in the majority of the heart with melted candy.
  4. Place the Nutter Butter on the melted candy immediately, press the two halves together, push on the center seam  if necessary.  Drizzle with melted candy and add sprinkles.

Then I tried this method …

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To form one whole heart … I dipped one half in melted candy, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it on wax paper … dipped the other half, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it so that it touched the first piece and attached as the chocolate hardened. Chill for a few minutes.  I cleaned up uneven edges of chocolate with a small sharp knife … then added decoration.

To form two halves … a.k.a. a broken heart … I followed the same steps but did not let the two pieces touch on the wax paper.

P1030531 Nutter Butter Valentine's Day Heart

Can you tell that it’s made from a Nutter Butter?

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Lover’s Turkeys

In the middle of apple and pumpkin season, let’s not forget about a large group of people … Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lovers!  I tend to get focused on fall flavors and then my family reminds me about the peanut butter and chocolate.   There is a possibility that my house may be the national headquarters for peanut butter and chocolate lovers!  After all … I’m married to The Peanut Butter Man!

I still have a few pumpkin treats up my sleeve and of course will make pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, but haven’t made a peanut butter/chocolate goodie in a while! Today, I give you these turkeys …

Nutter butter M&M's turkeys

Honestly, these turkeys were a surprise to me … wanted to make a turkey this year, but the idea just wouldn’t come together.  I tried to stop thinking about it … Colleen (a reader) sent me an email sharing some turkeys that have been done by others in blogland … still didn’t help!  Yesterday, I had a totally different project in mind that didn’t work … suddenly these turkeys were born.   Hope you like them Colleen and everyone else, too ;)

peanut butter and chocolate lover's turkeysThis is all the stuff you need to make Peanut Butter & Chocolate Lover’s Turkeys …

P1030346 nutter butter peanut butter cup turkey supplies

  • Chocolate CandiQuik (chocolate candy coating) (4 ounces will do about 12-15 turkeys)
  • Peanut Butter Cups (I used Reese’s Snack Size)
  • Nutter Butter Cookies
  • M&M’s (I used autumn colors)
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Rainbow Chip Crunch
  • Red Heart Sprinkles
  • Fall/Leaf Sprinkles
  • Candy Eyeballs (not in photo)

nutter butter peanut butter cup turkey instructions

  1. Cut Nutter Butter Cookies in half.  I used a serrated steak knife and sawing motion.
  2. Melt the chocolate and place in a squeeze bottle (or just use a toothpick).  I use the chocolate as “edible glue” (not like the paste you ate in Kindergarten!) to hold all the parts together.  Use a dot of chocolate to attach a Peanut M&M (head) to the cookie, then the red heart (waddle), Rainbow Chip (beak) and candy eyeballs.
  3. Use a larger dot of chocolate to attach 5 M&M’s as tail feathers and let harden up.  (helpful hint – I made the dot of chocolate on the cookie, put an M&M on it, pulled the M&M away for a second and then pushed it back.  That seemed to help it attach quicker.)
  4. Make a larger squiggle or dollop of chocolate on a peanut butter cup, attach turkey and add sprinkles … let chocolate harden up and tap off any extra sprinkles.

M&M's peanut butter chocolate turkey

I have a family story to share that has nothing to do with turkeys … First, let me say that I am 58 years old … Son #3 is 29 years old … a few days ago I went to the doctor … came home and told Son #3 that the doctor confirmed what I had thought … I have Shingles … Son #3 looked at me and said “I thought that only old people got Shingles!” … I broke the news to him … “I’m old!” … the hubby and I are surprised (and happy) that he doesn’t think of us as old, LOL ;)  I know that my kids keep getting older … somehow I don’t think that I’m getting older!

I look forward to your comments!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuik for providing the CandiQuik :)

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Halloween/Fall Peanut Butter Treats

Halloween will be here in just three days!  Are you prepared?

We usually get 100-200 Trick-or-Treaters each year.  I brought 22 bags of candy home from the store and hid them … I know that if a bag gets opened up, it will disappear ;)

Today, I am sharing a few quick and easy treats that have one thing in common … peanut butter!

Nutter butter bats

I made these Nutter Butter bats last year and they are my most popular treat this year!

Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs

Happy Zombie-ween!  Celebrate with Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs!

I love these Peanut Butter Cup Brooms (courtesy of Hershey’s)!  Thank you to Colleen B. (a reader) … she was thinking of my peanut butter lovin’ hubby and sent me the info … so sweet!

Nutter Butter Acorns

Nutter Butter Acorns are so easy to make … this is the “2012 Acorn” … possibly my favorite acorn!

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My first acorn … a version that I’ve seen done so many different ways … can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

Hope you enjoyed these peanut butter treats :)