Every year as the holidays approach, I always seem to have a plethora of dessert recipe ideas in mind. But once the big day is just a hours away, I realize it’s better to keep things simple…because with little ones running around there just isn’t enough time for hours of baking.
And that’s exactly what we focused on last Thanksgiving. Simple and easy dessert recipes.
Since brownies seem to be a big hit in our family (we’ve made them for football season, 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas!) I decided Thanksgiving brownies would be perfect! To make them even cuter for the kids, I went with turkey brownies I spotted from Betty Crocker.
They were just too cute to pass up.
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How to make easy turkey brownies
- Brownie mix
- Candy corn
- Candy eyes (Wilton brand is my favorite)
- Mini (orange) M&M
- Mini York Peppermint Patties
- Melted chocolate/icing
Bake brownies according to directions. I picked up our favorite fudgey brownie mix from our grocery store on sale.
Once ready, gather all the candy you’ll need to make your turkey face. Be sure to have some melted chocolate or icing to adhere the candy to the brownie (I used icing since it was readily available). You can try a toothpick, but I found that didn’t work well for spreading the icing adequately, so used a combination of my fingertip and fork.
Make sure you start with the turkey’s face/peppermint patty so that the process goes faster. (Starting with the feathers adds a few more minutes and takes precision!)
Add your candy eyes by dotting icing on the back and using a small tweezer to help you position them as desired. Then half your m&m and attach as well.
Next grab 3 candy corns for each brownie piece to use as the turkey’s feathers. Carefully attach the candy corn pieces to the brownie with the icing and then lay the york peppermint on top. I found this to be the hardest part as you have to press down on each piece without breaking them. It may take a minute, but will complete your adorable dessert!
These were such a hit (with both the kids and adults alike) last year – I’m definitely planning on making them this year, as I’m a sure to be pressed for time with three little ones 4 and under!
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