Thanksgiving Apple Turkey Recipe: Edible Decoration

Thanksgiving Apple Turkey Recipe: Edible Decoration

Can you imagine the look on your sweet child’s face when they see this adorable Thanksgiving Apple Turkey waiting for them at their Thanksgiving place setting? If you’re creating a Thanksgiving kiddie table, there’s hardly a better decoration, and it’s pretty awesome these are edible and healthy!

Try making these with your toddler, or if they’re too young to help, let them watch! After they finish Thanksgiving dinner, watch them dissect this Thanksgiving Apple Turkey for dessert (along with all of the gooey, homemade pies!). The best part is that they can eat ALL of the Thanksgiving Apple Turkey, including the apple “body” (with the exception of the toothpicks, of course!). Can you think of a more entertaining way to eat your fruit and vegetables?! And guess what? It couldn’t be healthier!

Thanksgiving Apple Turkey Recipe

Age: 15 months+
Yield: 1 Thanksgiving Apple Turkey
Food storage: best served immediately or refrigerator friendly for about 1 hour
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: no cook!
Serving options: self feed, family-friendly

  • ¼ teaspoon almond butter
  • 2 candy eyeballs (found at Target or your local craft store)
  • 1 mini Reese’s peanut butter cup
  • 1 candy corn
  • 6 toothpicks
  • 10 large raisins
  • 5 carrot sticks, cut thinly with pointy ends to insert into the apple
  • 1 whole apple, washed and patted dry
  1. Using a knife, place a dab of almond butter on the back of the candy eyeballs. “Glue” the eyeballs onto the Reese’s peanut butter cup. Place a dab of almond butter onto the bottom of the candy corn, then place it on the peanut butter cup as the turkey’s nose. Set aside.
  2. String 2 raisins onto 1 toothpick. Repeat with 5 toothpicks. Insert the raisin “wings” into the apple. Create holes using the toothpick and insert the carrot sticks as wings between the raisins.
  3. Using a toothpick, poke a hole into the “neck” of the Reese’s peanut butter cup and insert a hole into the apple. Connect the “head” to the apple.
  4. Create the “Eat me!” sign, tape the sign to a toothpick, and insert into the side of the apple. Serve!

We hope this brings your toddlers and you laughter and smiles! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from What a Good Eater!

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About Amy Godiwalla

Amy Godiwalla is co-author of the What a Good Eater! cookbook, available on Amazon. Amy and her husband, Shaun, live in Denver, Colorado, with their two little boys. When Amy is not feeding little mouths or inventing recipes, she enjoys hiking, yoga, snowboarding, cooking, entertaining, traveling to the mountains, sipping hot chocolate at ski resorts, and wine tasting.

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