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Here is a tutorial on how to make these super cute Reese’s turkey treats. They are perfect to make on Thanksgiving Day while your little ones wait for the food to be ready or make them after eating so they can be eaten as a dessert.
Either way, they will be enjoyed and so delicious for all peanut butter lovers. This is one of the easiest desserts to make for the holiday season. It’s really fast, simple, and addictive.
Oh, these are the cutest Thanksgiving turkey treats ever! Make them with your little ones or make them on your own and surprise them on Thanksgiving Day.
Make sure to check out my Thanksgiving Snack for Kids for even more fun treat ideas.
Reese’s Turkey Treats
I understand the importance of teaching our children not to play with their food…but these are just too cute to pass up! Look at those eyes?! There is no way that they won’t play with it so let them have fun!
And while everything about them screams sugar, this is what makes these a fun Thanksgiving day treat.
We don’t do sugar a ton in our house but sometimes, special occasions call for special treats. Having these once or twice a year make for super fun family memories that the kids will look forward to each year!
Recommended Thanksgiving Recipe Books
Not sure what to make along with these delicious turkeys? Grab one of these Thanksgiving recipe books to have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
I’m all about having an abundance of holiday dishes and recipes ready to go at any given point in time. This makes for easy menu planning as well as making some stellar dishes, too.
The kids like sitting and looking through cookbooks with me as well because let’s face it – the pictures are amazing! If you’re needing a bit of cooking inspiration, you can’t go wrong with any of these great cookbooks! They’re full of a variety of recipes that will be loved by all.
I tend to collect cookbooks at a rapid rate so I have quite a few sitting on my shelf. There’s just something about having a cookbook in hand to hold and flip through the pages that makes me one happy camper.
The Side Dish Bible: 1001 Perfect Recipes for Every Vegetable, Rice, Grain, and Bean Dish You Will Ever NeedThe Art of the Host: Recipes And Rules For Flawless EntertainingFine Cooking Thanksgiving Cookbook: Recipes for Turkey and All the TrimmingsThe Best of Thanksgiving (Williams-Sonoma): Recipes and Inspiration for a Festive Holiday MealAll Time Best Holiday EntertainingBetty Crocker Complete Thanksgiving Cookbook: All You Need to Cook a Foolproof Dinner
Is there any baking required?
This is the best part! You don’t even have to turn on your oven! So while your oven is being overtaken by everything turkey, dressing, and side dishes, the children can be creating this fun and edible Thanksgiving treat as well.
If you give them the task of making these up as a treat for everyone to enjoy, they’ll spend a large portion of their time making them over and over again. (and snacking, of course!)
As you can see from the few items below, you really don’t need a ton of supplies or ingredients to get started. Order these ahead of time and you’ll be ahead of the game and prepared.
They are just the cutest, right? You can even have them as place settings on the dinner plates for your Thanksgiving meal if you want! The biggest thing to remember is that you can give your children the ability to create these all on their own.
And when it comes to kids creating their own food ideas, it’s such an important creativity tool to have. Not only does it teach them that they have the ability to create something simple and fun, but it also gives them the confidence to continue to do so all throughout life.
These turkey treats would also be a great gift to give to others on Thanksgiving as well. Pack up a little box and hand-deliver some of these treats to your family and friends. They’ll be so thankful that you thought of them and are wanting to share these homemade treats with them!
They’re super easy to put together once you have everything ready. Then you can make one for each guest to enjoy. The whole family will love it.
Turkey Treat Storage Tips
Since there isn’t anything to worry about temperature-wise in these turkey treats, you can store them in an airtight container and keep them on your counter. Of course, they’re fine in the fridge too if you have any room.
I typically don’t keep treats out on the counter but there’s no denying that everyone will want to grab them as they walk by.
I figure that since it’s a special treat, it’s always a special time to be able to eat them, too. Just pair them up with a glass of cold milk and you’ve got the perfect sweet treat for the day.
- Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 25 seconds. Stir well and reheat as needed.
- Lay out all of your ingredients as you will want to work smoothly and quickly.
- Using a spoon, add a 1/2 teaspoon or so of melted chocolate on a Reese's chocolate cup. Smooth it out to cover the entire top.
- Place a Reese's Mini peanut butter cup in the bottom center of the Reese's Cup.
- Create an arc of a single color of Reese's Pieces around the Reese's Mini.
- Create a second arc in a second color around the first arc.
- And finally, place a third color arc on the outskirts of the Reese's Cup.
- Attach the Candy Eyes to the top half of the Reese's Mini using a touch of melted chocolate, and repeat with an orange or red Reese's Pieces for the beak.
- Repeat until all 12 Reese's Cups are converted into chocolate turkeys!
More Thanksgiving Snacks and Ideas
The best part about Thanksgiving is that it’s a time to be with family, relax, and enjoy some great food and crafts. In our house, we tend to celebrate for several weeks to enjoy the whole experience.
The kids love when we combine fun food with fun learning, and I’d say that I have to agree. This just goes to show that there are always ways to have family time if you are looking for something unique and fun to do.
More Thanksgiving Ideas
Below are just a few other fun ideas on ways that you can create Thanksgiving memories and traditions in your house for the many years to come!