The turkey cookie recipe can be found in "Smart Cookie:...

The turkey cookie recipe can be found in "Smart Cookie: Transform Store-Bought Cookies into Amazing Treats," by Christi Johnstone (Running Press; $16). Credit: Running Press

In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun, easy-to-make Thanksgiving dessert. I found the recipe in "Smart Cookie: Transform Store-Bought Cookies into Amazing Treats," by Christi Johnstone (Running Press; $16).

Sweet Little Turkeys
(Makes 10 cookies)

Ingredients
- White candy writer
- Approximately 70 pieces candy corn
- 20 round chocolate sandwich cookies
- 6 ounces black candy coating
- 10 Nutter Butter cookies
- 20 candy eyeballs
- 10 orange candy–coated sunflower seeds
 
Directions

1. Prepare the white candy writer according to package directions.

2. Squeeze a generous dollop of white candy coating from the candy writer onto the small end of a piece of candy corn. Working one cookie at a time, gently press the candy coating–covered end of the candy corn into a round sandwich cookie, pressing between the two halves of the cookie, into the filling.

3. Repeat with six more pieces of candy corn, resulting in half the cookie having candy corn pieces sticking out to replicate turkey feathers. Repeat with nine additional sandwich cookies.

4. Allow the candy coating to set for at least 1 hour.

5. Prepare the black candy coating according to package directions. Spoon approximately 2 teaspoons of the coating onto the front of one sandwich cookie with attached candy corns.

6. Gently press one Nutter Butter cookie onto the black candy coating–topped cookie to create the body of the turkey. Repeat with the remaining Nutter Butter cookies. Allow the candy coating to set for at least 30 minutes.

7. If necessary, reheat the black candy coating according to package directions. Place approximately 2 teaspoons of black candy coating onto one of the remaining sandwich cookies.

8. Gently place a cookie turkey body upright onto the candy coating and hold it in place until the candy coating starts to set, approximately 1 minute. Repeat with the remaining nine sandwich cookies and cookie turkey bodies. Allow the candy coating to set for at least 30 minutes.

9. Prepare the white candy writer according to package directions. Place three small dots of candy coating onto the front face area of a Nutter Butter.

Reprinted with permission from Smart Cookie © 2014 Christi Farr Johnstone, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

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