Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Oreo & Reece's Turkey Cookies- Success!

Happy Thanksgiving! In an effort to keep my creative mind rolling and continue the streak, I attempted to add some fun to tomorrow's Thanksgiving dessert and make Oreo and Reece's Turkey Cookies.

I looked around Pinterest for what seemed to be the easiest technique for making these and stumbled upon blog. Thanks to them for the idea and comprehensive directions. I did make a few minor changes but here's there original recipe.

Ingredients Needed:
- 1 package Oreo Cookies (I used the store brand)
- 1 bag Candy Corn
- 1 bag Reece's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 small box Whoppers
- Assorted colored sprinkles

Icing Ingredients Needed:
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 egg white

Step One: Make icing. I had to redo this because the original recipe just didn't firm up like it was supposed to. Instead of following that, I did the following. Beat one egg white until stiff. In separate bowl, mix cream of tartar and powder sugar. Slowly add cream of tartar/powdered sugar mix to egg white. Continue to mix. This should give you a pretty firm icing that sticks very well. Caution, though, it dries quickly!

Step Two: (OPTIONAL) Dye icing black so that it blends in better with the cookies. Keep in mind that this will make the icing a little more runny so you will need to add more powdered sugar. I did half of mine with black icing and half with white and don't really think it was worth the extra effort to make the black. Especially seeing as black never really seems to turn out black!

Step Three: Pull Oreos apart without breaking them (it's harder than it looks). Stick five pieces of Candy Corn, point first, into the Oreo icing to act as feathers. This is also harder than it looks but I washed my hands really well and then wiggled the candy corn into the cookie cream. You sort of have to reform the cookie cream around the Candy Corn. Add a dollop of icing and put the top back on the Oreo.

Step Four: Take a dab of icing and use it to secure the bottom of the Candy Corn Oreo to a flat side of another Oreo.

Step Five: Use a knife to flatten the side of a Peanut Butter Cup. Dab a bit of icing on the flattened side and stick to the Oreo.

Step Six: Dab a bit of icing on a Whopper and and stack on top of the Peanut Butter Cup to act as the head.

Step Seven: Let sit in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up.

Step Eight: Remove from fridge and use icing to draw feet, eyes and nose. I added blue sprinkles to the eyes and an orange sprinkle to the nose.

Step Nine: Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to eat! Then take a picture and enjoy!

These were super easy to make, aside from figuring out the right consistency of the frosting and trying to get the icing black. Thankfully Mr. C is a culinary genius and was able to help with both tasks. Love you, honey! :)

Now these don't look anything like the ones I saw in Better Homes and Gardens, but seriously people...your cookies aren't going to look like that. Those people have all the high tech cooking equipment, spend hours to make them look exquisite and then have fancy schmancy photographers to capture them perfectly! This version...this is the real deal!


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