Turkey cupcakes make a delicious Thanksgiving dessert, especially for kids, but they also make the cutest place settings on your Thanksgiving table.
You can make homemade cupcakes if you like, but store-bought cupcakes are just fine for these turkey cupcakes. Use leftover candy corn from Halloween or check your local market. Many still have candy corn and it is marked down for a quick sale.
Turkey cupcakes for Thanksgiving place setting and dessert
Ingredients you will need to make turkey cupcakes:
- 6 vanilla-frosted cupcakes
- 24 pieces candy corn
- 12 tiny round candies (like Nerds or mini-M&Ms)
- 12 Nutter Butter cookies (or store-brand equivalent, they need to be peanut-shaped)
- 6 mini-marshmallows, snipped or sliced in half in the middle
- red decorating gel (found in the baking aisle)
How to assemble turkey cupcakes:
- Using a sharp knife, cut one of the Nutter Butters in half horizontally, right across its “waist.”
- Take the other cookie and use the tip of the knife to pry both halves of the cookie open, exposing the filling.
- Spread extra icing across the filling, then close up the whole cookie and poke the tips of 7 pieces of candy corn around the top edge into the extra icing to make tail feathers, nestling the candy corns down into the icing and fanning them out. Stick this turkey body down into the center of the cupcake, feathers upright.
- Using the tip of a knife, separate the remaining cookie halves so you now have 4 pieces. Discard one of the pieces. Take one of the remaining 3 halves and make sure the round side of the cookie is facing up.
- Cut the white tip off the remaining piece of candy corn and use a bit of frosting to affix the candy to the cookie to form the beak, making sure the orange part of the candy is exposed.
- Use the red decorating gel to pipe a long red wattle over the top of the beak down the front of the cookie.
Check out these recipes for easy and frugal ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner table:
- Easy homemade stuffing or dressing recipe
- Southern cornbread dressing recipe
- Scalloped corn recipe
- Creamed corn bake recipe
- Corn pudding recipe
- Green beans with lemon and garlic — asparagus can easily be substituted for the green beans
- How to make a quick and frugal ‘patty pan’ pie crust recipe
- Low carb mashed cauliflower recipe
- Raspberry-cranberry sauce recipe
- Blueberry cranberry sauce recipe
- Traditional cranberry sauce recipe
- Cranberry-orange relish recipe
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