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Last year I made turkey cookie treats for our daughter to take to school for their Thanksgiving feast.  I looked up several different versions online and then created my own, based on:

  • what I had on hand
  • portability
  • time, &
  • convenience.  

They also had to be nut-free because of kids with allergies in her class, so I couldn’t use the peanutbutter cups.

They aren’t as cute as those made with the candycorn tail feather fan, but I didn’t want them to fall apart enroute to school.  I think these turned out great!

Here’s what we used:

  1. Mini Pretzels
  2. JUMBO Marshmallows
  3. Candy corn
  4. Dare Maple cookies
  5. Melting chocolate

    

First, cut the marshmallows into quarters (you’ll probably only need to cut them in half if you use regular large sized marshmallows.)  

Next, stick a toothpick into the domed part for dipping. 

I melt the chocolate in the microwave in a small glass pyrex measuring cup.   Dip the marshmallow and use a spoon to get chocolate on the top (Sorry this picture was taken at the end of the project!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, place the chocolate “body” onto the “tail” (maple sandwich cookie) while the chocolate is still wet. 

Quickly place a mini pretzel onto the flat side of the marshmallow and cookie, so that the rounded “feet” stick out in front.  It’s important to do this while the chocolate is still wet so that it sticks.  

Take the toothpick out carefully (I used a fork to keep the body steady.) 

 

Finally, place the candy corn “head” on top, right over the toothpick hole!  The white tip “beak” should stick out a bit.  

We used the candycorn with the brown base (on sale right after Halloween), but the traditional yellow version would be cute too!   I should have added eyes, but at that point I was DONE!!

 These are great for school instead of birthday cupcakes, or a fun treat for party favors! 

 

Ingredients: 

Pretzel rods (either break long ones in half and dip the broken end, or use these smaller Snyder’s rods which are perfect for little hands!

Baker’s Dipping Chocolate (dark or white) This is the kind to melt in the microwave.  It’s the perfect size for one big batch. 

Sprinkles or cupcake decor, jimmies, colored sugar, mini m&m’s, etc.  We have found that the decor sprinkles work the best.

   

Melt chocolate according to the directions, dip about 2/3 of the pretzel, and place on waxed paper or plastic wrap-covered cookie sheets. 

While the chocolate is still hot (wet), add the colorful décors.   I usually do the dipping and the kids sprinkle as soon as I’ve put the pretzel down.   

And this is what happens when your preschooler helps:

It’s a pretzel line

Or a snake

Or a train

Wrap in cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon, or put two pretzel rods in ziplock baggies, and sell at your next bake-sale.  I think we sold them for 25 cents per small rod.



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