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 ;)

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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.

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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 ;)

I ♥ your comments!

 

 

Thanksgiving review and reminder

Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter for a chance to win the “Southern Fried Giveaway” … a Thanksgiving review too!

I’ve read the comments that have been left … you are some busy bakers!  I need to keep up with you  :)

There are some half-finished turkeys is my kitchen … they are not the roasting kind of turkeys … sweet ones!  I promise to have photos and instructions in the next couple of days ;)

In the meantime … blast from the past!

Nutter butter M&M's turkeys

Nutter Butter Turkeys on Reese’s Cups

0081 marshmallow pilgrim hats

Easy Pilgrim Hat Pops

Simple Cranberry Sauce

Simple Cranberry Sauce

I’m off to the kitchen and finishing turkeys!  Remember … I’ll be selecting a winner tomorrow :)

Sweet Simple Acorns … the best ever!

Hello everybody!  I am home from vacation … happy to be home, but miss vacationing and visiting with family.  The supplies for these Acorns were sitting on my kitchen counter when I left home … was dying to make them, but ran out of time.  While visiting my hubby’s sister in Tennessee, I bought more supplies and made them for her grandkids.  The kiddos were so cute … I was taking photos for you and they were taking photos too!  It was like these Sweet Simple Acorns were surrounded by paparazzi!  Let me tell you why I call them the best ever … they’re sooooo simple and fast to make …

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caramel, salt, chocolate and a cookie … need I say more?

Acorns 2014 cookies and caramel

So … this was a working vacation … don’t you agree with me?   The hubby didn’t buy my story and laughed at me … again ;)

This is what you will need …

cookie caramel acorn supplies

  • Keebler Mini Fudge Stripes Cookies (100 calorie packs)(each pack contains about 12 mini cookies)
  • Individual Caramel Squares (such as Kraft)
  • Pretzel Sticks
  1. Break pretzel sticks in half (one half will be used for each acorn)
  2. Unwrap a caramel and use your fingers/hands to form the bottom portion of an acorn.  The kiddos can help … it’s like playing with Play-Doh.
  3. Place a cookie (chocolate side down) on top of the caramel acorn.  Insert a pretzel piece thru the hole of the cookie and into the caramel.  Reshape the caramel if necessary.  Easy peasy!!!

Chocolate caramel acorn

The kiddos also helped me arrange the acorns for photos.  I made 12 acorns … grandma ate one before we could stop her!

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Do you remember these acorns from the past …

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Nutter Butter Acorns

chocolate acorns

Chocolate Acorns

I’m happy to be home and looking forward to your comments!

 

 

Simple Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce … homemade or canned?

Simple Cranberry Sauce

My grandma always used canned and that’s what I did … until a few years ago.   We always had the whole berry variety for Grandpa and jellied for the rest of us.  I was young and helped out a little in the kitchen … my personal goal was to slide the jellied sauce out of the can in one piece, so that the lines on the can left an impression on the cranberry sauce.  Then I would slice it and try to fan the slices on the plate to look pretty!  Then I grew up … learned to like whole berry cranberry sauce and eventually made it myself!

Cranberry sauce is so easy to make … can’t believe that it took me so long to give it a try!  It can be made a day or so ahead and kept covered  in the fridge … very convenient for the busy holidays.

Since fresh cranberries are not always available … I buy a big bag at Costco and divide it up into 12 ounce bags and freeze them, so that I always have cranberries available.

simple easy cranberry sauce

Simple Cranberry Sauce

  • 12 ounces of fresh (or frozen, thawed) cranberries (about 3-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Pick over cranberries … look for stems and any possible bad berries, then rinse.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium (2 to 3 quart) sauce pan.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.  Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until most of the cranberries pop.  The sauce will be slightly thickened.  Remove from heat.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and cool to room temperature.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.  The mixture will thicken as it cools.  Makes 2 cups.

     recipe adapted from Mary Engelbreit’s ‘Tis The Season Holiday Cookbook

Easy Cranberry Sauce

My personal recommendation … make sure that will have enough Cranberry Sauce for leftovers and make this for yourself …

Boudin turkey cranberry sandwichmy favorite Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

I like to have a little cranberry sauce on each bite of turkey … how do you eat your cranberry sauce?  You know that I ♥ your comments!

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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 …

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  • 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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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!

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