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Thanksgiving Cookie Dough Turkeys are simple, delicious, and fun for Thanksgiving! A great dessert recipe for a class party or Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Cookie Dough Turkeys

These Thanksgiving Cookie Dough Turkeys are simple, delicious, and SO fun for Thanksgiving! They're perfect for a class party or Thanksgiving dinner, and best of all, the kids can help you make them!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Cathy Trochelman


  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 40 small pretzel sticks
  • 8 small pretzels
  • 1 c. red candy melts
  • 1 c. orange candy melts
  • 1 c. yellow candy melts
  • 16 candy eyeballs
  • orange and red chocolate covered sunflower seeds


  1. Cream butter and sugar; add vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  2. Add flour and salt and mix thoroughly. (Dough will be crumbly.)
  3. Stir in 1 Tbsp. milk.
  4. Chill dough until firm enough to roll into balls.
  5. Meanwhile, melt candy melts and dip pretzel sticks to coat. Leave 1 cm. at the bottom of each stick. These will be the feathers.
  6. Dip small pretzels in red candy melts for the turkeys' feet.
  7. Roll dough into 8 balls.
  8. Decorate with candy eyeballs, sunflower seeds, and pretzel sticks.
  9. Place each turkey on top of a small red-coated pretzel.