Cute Turkey Cookies for Thanksgiving

Turkeys that look like cookies? What could be cuter this fall? These adorable treats are shaped into turkeys and decorated with colorful frosting and candy accents. They are perfect for Thanksgiving parties or as a fun activity with the kids. Gobble up these tasty turkey cookies before they’re all gone!

Serve these decorated cookies up on a platter to your guests or package them individually as an Autumn themed gift for friends and family.

Why You’ll Love These Cute Turkey Cookies

Turkey cookies are a fantastic way to show your love for the holidays and for turkeys! Here are four reasons why you’ll love them:

  • Festive: Turkey cookies are a fun and festive way to show your holiday spirit. Whether you decorate them with icing or simply leave them plain, they’re sure to bring a smile to your face.
  • Delicious: If you’re looking for a tasty treat this holiday season, look no further than turkey cookies!
  • Perfect for gifts: Turkey cookies make great gifts for friends, family, or even your coworkers. Everyone will love receiving a delicious turkey cookie and you’ll love giving them!
  • Fun for everyone: If you want a fun recipe that’s fun for everyone, then these cookies are for you! 
Turkey cookies on a white plate with a blue background

FAQs for Easy Turkey Cookies

Making turkey cookies with candy corn couldn’t be easier. Here are a few questions you may have about how to make them:

What kind of candy corn should I use?

Any kind of candy corn will work for this recipe. You can even use different colors to create a more colorful cookie. The fall-themed candy corn would be adorable.

What cookies can I use for these?

Any type of layered wafer cookie will work for these turkey cookies. Several different brands of chocolate cookies can be found in the cookie aisle of your grocery store.

Oreo turkey cookies work as well. If you want to use these sandwich cookies, you’ll want to melt chocolate candy wafers in the microwave, dip them, and let them cool before you decorate your Oreo turkeys.

You can even make Nutter Butter turkey cookies if you’re serving these silly turkeys as an afternoon snack for the kids.

Can I make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes, you can make and decorate the turkey cookies ahead of time. Just make sure to store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. They don’t need to be stored in the refrigerator, the counter works best to keep them room temperature.

Turkey cookies on a white plate with a blue background

Tips for Making Turkey Cookies 

It’s that time of year again, it’s time to start thinking about holiday baking! What says Thanksgiving better than a turkey made out of wafer cookies? Here are five tips to help you create the perfect edible turkey:

  • Choose the right wafer cookie. Look for a brand that is thin and crisp, so it will be easy to work with. Chocolate covered cookies will give the appearance of the turkey’s body color, so look for those when you’re on the cookie aisle.
  • Melt the chocolate. This can be done in a double boiler or in the microwave. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate, or it will be difficult to work with. The melted chocolate will act as “glue” to help stick the candy to the cookie.
  • Use a piping bag or zip-top bag to pipe the chocolate onto the cookies. Start at the center of the cookie and pipe outward, creating concentric circles.
  • Decorate the turkey as you would like! You can use candy corn for feathers, M&Ms or candies for the eyes, and a pretzel for the beak if you’d like. Get creative and have fun with it!
  • Allow the chocolate to set before serving. You can refrigerate the cookies for a few minutes, or set them out at room temperature if you are in a hurry. Enjoy your delicious creation!
Turkey cookies on a white plate with a blue background

How to Decorate Your Turkey Cookies

Making turkey cookies is a great way to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Not only are they festive and delicious, but they also make for great gifts.

Follow these easy steps to create the perfect turkey cookie. You’ll impress your friends and family with these DIY turkey cookies!


  • Milk Chocolate Covered Vanilla Wafer Cookies
  • Chocolate chips, for melting
  • Candy corn
  • Yellow M&Ms
  • Candy eyes
Ingredients for turkey cookies on a white counter


1. Open the box of wafers and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips at 15 second intervals, stirring between, until completely melted.

Turkey cookies with ingredients on a white counter

3. Use the chocolate to stick the turkey features into place on the wafer cookie.

4. Place a dab of chocolate towards the bottom for the nose, two small dabs for eyes and one large dot of chocolate at the top to affix the candy corn, forming feathers.

5. Put the baking sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden before serving.

When you have a million things going on this holiday season, these easy to make turkey cookies are the best cookies for Thanksgiving. Make them ahead of time and get the kids involved in decorating the silly, festive birds.

Enjoy these Thanksgiving turkey cookies this year with your family and friends!

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