It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week. I’ve been giving myself a pat on the back each week we make it through during this pandemic. The days and weeks sometimes seem quite long, but we keep going one by one. Thanksgiving isn’t going to feel quite the same this year as I won’t be making the journey to my mother’s house in St. Louis like I usually do. We are still planning to get together with our family who live locally. My mother-in-law cooks for days to get ready for Thanksgiving. One year I offered to make something to make it easier for her. My dish was just added to the menu of items she was already making. This year, I am going to play it a bit differently. She commented to me a few weeks ago that she wasn’t going to have a lot of dessert because no one really eats it. Challenge accepted! Now what do you bring to someone’s house on Thanksgiving who doesn’t like pumpkin? Chocolate candy Turkeys, of course!!! Here is a recipe or, more directions really, for what I’ll be making with my kids to bring for Thanksgiving dessert. There are loads of cute ‘turkey’ recipes out there. Have a look at our Thanksgiving Pinterest page for more inspiration.
Chocolate Pretzel Turkeys
Makes 12 Turkeys
12 pretzel rods
12 round shortbread cookies(like Keeblers)
24 white chocolate chips or edible eyes
Red Twizzler candy for the waddle
6 orange skittle cut in half(or orange M & M’s)
96 candy corns(8 for each turkey)
16 oz melted chocolate(we like dark, but the kids will like milk better!)
-Line a baking sheet with wax paper while you melt your chocolate. I like to use the microwave and melt it slowly, stirring after each 30 second interval of heating.
-Dip each pretzel into the melted chocolate, covering about 1/3 of the pretzel rod. Let cool in the refrigerator for 3-4 minutes.
-Next, cover one side of the shortbread cookie with melted chocolate. Immediately place it under one of the dipped pretzel rods. Place candy corns around the pretzel for your turkey’s tail feathers. Use more melted chocolate to add the eyes, beak and waddle.
-Let the finished turkeys set at room temperature for 1-2 hours so the chocolate can fully harden before serving.