This Rice Krispie Treat Turkey is a super-fun dessert option for both kids and adults! I could not believe how quick and easy it was to make- everyone LOVED it! Such a fun addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table!
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In case it wasn’t already super obvious, this post is proof that I really am such a dork. I try to keep it under wraps and once in a while and I like to think I come off as cool and collected. But today I’m letting my freak flag fly and telling you that I geeked out hard this weekend!
A few months ago I saw a photo on Facebook of a turkey someone made out of Rice Krispie Treats. Like, a whole turkey. As if you had just pulled it out of the oven.
I immediately started cracking up and sent a screen shot to my cousin who is gluten-free and has a birthday that falls on or around Thanksgiving (this year it’s on!). She immediately wrote back and said “I want a candle in it!” After that we shared a laugh and moved on with our respective days.
But here we are a few months later and I can not get that darn turkey out of my mind. Of course I don’t know where the original photo is, but a Pinterest search took me to this blog post of a different one. So I got super excited and emailed my uncle (this year’s Thanksgiving host) to volunteer to bring dessert.
I had a practice run this past weekend. Because let’s be honest, I’m really not that creative and I figured if I was going to make a mess of things and have a hormonal cry, I’d rather have it on the weekend instead of the morning of Thanksgiving while I’m trying to enjoy the parade.
So on Saturday night, J and I read the aforementioned post and did a little finagling of our own. I’m happy to report that there were no tears to be had. On the contrary, I was really happy with the results and could not believe how easy this was to make.
The other blog post gave the best tip ever, which was to use non-stick foil. That brilliant tip and my faithful can of cooking spray made everything much easier. So in addition to my other desserts, there will be a lovely Rice Krispie Treat Turkey sharing this Thanksgiving’s dessert table. He will be stuffed with Reese’s Pieces and I shall let the birthday girl name him!
Notes having made this 1 year later: So I’ve made this guy several times now and I still find it to be pretty easy to make. I encourage you to have a second person to help you, because a second set of hands really comes in handy, specifically when you’re building the cavity around the cup.
If din that refrigerating it overnight helps it set and makes assembly much easier. Gravity can be an evil little trickster, specifically in the case of the drumsticks. You can to be strategic about placing your tooth picks, but don’t go overboard as they can cause the pieces to fall apart if you put too many.
I’ve have the best luck refrigerating everything and assembling just before serving. You don’t have to refrigerate it, but I’ve found it helps everything set a but better without affecting the taste or texture for eating.
The times I’ve made it in advance, I’ve some balls out of paper towel and wrapped them in the non-stick foil. I would place those under the drums (and wings if necessary) to help them set where you want them before popping it into the fridge.
Other great Thanksgiving Desserts:
Yields 15-20 servings
This Rice Krispie Treat Turkey is a super-fun dessert option for both kids and adults! I could not believe how quick and easy it was to make- everyone LOVED it!
15 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 6 Tbsp. of butter
- 8 cups of mini marshmallows
- 12 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal
- Reese's Pieces or whatever "stuffing"you want
- Lay out a large piece of foil with the non-stick side up next to your serving platter.
- Cover your cup with foil and make sure the non-stick side is up on that as well. Spray it well with cooking spray.
- Melt your butter over medium heat.
- Spray a mixing spoon with cooking spray and stir in the marshmallows until they've melted. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Add your Rice Krispies and stir until well combined.
- Pour this mixture onto the piece of non-stick foil and allow it to cool for a moment or two (you don't want it to cool completely, just slightly so that you don't burn yourself).
- While it cools, wash and dry your hands and spray them with cooking spray. You'll want to work fast because the Rice Krispie Treat mixture is much easier to work with while it's still hot.
- Divide your Rice Krispie Treat mixture so that you have 2/3 of it to make the body and set 1/3 of it to the side which you'll use to make the wings and drumsticks.
- Starting with the body portion of the Rice Krispie Treat mixture, take a small amount of it and create a base about an inch thick on your serving platter.
- Place your cup on it's side onto the base so that open part of the cup is slightly off of the base where you want the turkey's opening to be. The majority of your cup is laying on the base.
- Build the rest of Rice Krispie Treat mixture around the cup to create the turkey's body with the cup in it's cavity (once this is set you'll be able to pull the cup out and stuff it with candy). You don't want to mixture around the cavity to be too thin, so make sure you keep that in mind as you shape it. Be sure to press the mixture in well so that it's not loose when it dries.
- Next, take the other 1/3 of your Rice Krispie Treat mixture and divide it into four parts. Use each part to mold your drumsticks and wings and set them aside (I kept these on a piece of foil, next to the body on your serving platter). Once again, make sure you press them into shape tightly.
- Cover everything with foil with the nonstick side on the turkey and allow it to rest and harden a bit for at least an hour or two (overnight is preferable).
- You can make the bone end of the drumsticks by taking strips of white paper, folding them in half length-wise. Cut half way up along the fold every half inch or so. You can wrap this around the ends of drumsticks (I secured it with a bit of clear tape).
- Use toothpicks to carefully secure your drums and wings to the turkey. This can be a bit tricky and you'll need to rig it up indepot certain spots depending on your drumsticks and gravity.
- Stuff the turkey with the candy of your choice. I used Reese's Pieces.
- Serve immediately or cover with non-stick foil until you're ready to serve.
!Nice to have: Cooking spray A cup of some sort we used a paper coffee cup (you want something light) Non-stick foil Toothpicks Paper Tape Scissors
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