Wide-Eyed Turkey Cupcakes

Wide Eyed Turkey Cupcakes

When it comes to the holidays, I’m all about fun treats. Treats that make people laugh and treats that make children’s eyes brighten. These Wide-Eyed Turkey Cupcakes are sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving party or meal this year. When I was deciding how to put these together, I knew I had to go with big eyes. To me, these cupcakes represent in a humorous way what a turkey may very well be thinking as Thanksgiving approaches. Kind of like, “Eat chicken, not turkey!”

These cupcakes are so easy to make! In fact, I’m not here with a cupcake recipe today, I’m sharing more of what you may like to call a “cupcake design” tutorial. Here’s what you’re going to need:

Wide Eyed Turkey Cupcakes


  • Cupcake with chocolate frosting (prepared as you wish)
  • Two Oreo cookies
  • 5 Pieces of candy corn (kind with a yellow tip)
  • Piece of candy corn (the kind with an orange tip)
  • Twizzlers Nibs candy (or just red licorice)
  • 2 brown M&Ms
  • Fudge-striped cookieNot pictured
  • Chocolate frosting (store-bought or prepared)
  • 1 toothpick
  • Knife
  • Scissors

So, here we go. This is such a fun project for the kiddos, too. Chocolate cupcakes are awesome on their own, but turning them into little holiday-themed characters or animals just makes eating them even more fun. This would be a fun classroom project now that I think of it. Give every child a cupcake and their “add-ons,” and the frosting could be provided in little paper cups for each student.

Wide Eyed Turkey CupcakesInstructions:

  1. Take the two Oreo cookies and twist them apart. Save the creme-filled sides and eat the other halves. 🙂 So far, so good. Use a little of the chocolate frosting to adhere the M&Ms onto the creme-filled cookie halves. Set aside.
  2. Spread a little frosting onto the top-half of the fudge-striped cookie.
  3. Stick your candy corns onto the frosting and set aside.
  4. Take your cupcake and cut a slit into the back of it with a knife (deep enough to slide the fudge-striped cookie into.

Now, let’s start assembling. We’ll work off a numbered list again so it’s easy to follow along:

  1. Place the two Oreo cookie halves on the cupcake for the eyes.
  2. Slide the fudge-striped cookie into the slit in the back of the cupcake.
  3. Take the final piece of candy corn and place a toothpick into the bottom of it. Insert the toothpick end into the cupcake for the nose so just the orange segment of the candy corn is showing.
  4. Use a scissors to trim the Twizzlers Nib to look like a wattle and place it into the frosting alongside the nose.

 And here he is. . .in all his glory. . .

Wide Eyed Turkey Cupcakes

He’s almost too cute to eat. ALMOST. I have to admit that no one in my house had any problems eating these turkeys. There really wasn’t a whole lot of remorse. Don’t worry, we ate the Oreos first so they didn’t know what was coming next. LOL

MAKE THESE. Trust me. They’re so worth it!

Wide Eyed Turkey Cupcakes

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  1. These just might be the cutest cupcakes I’ve ever seen! My daughters and I would have a blast making these for Thanksgiving.

  2. Sara, these are just the cutest! I love how cute and silly these turkeys look (also love the striped cookies here :).

  3. I have no doubt my menagerie would fall in love with this gobblers!

  4. These fun little turkeys are adorable. They look so fun and so yummy too! Thanks for sharing! PINNED!

  5. I can not even handle how adorable these are, Sara. Love, love, love these cuties!

  6. I am just obsessed with these cupcakes! Seriously the cutest thing I have ever seen. These would look adorable on a Thanksgiving dessert spread, and would be so much fun to make with kids!

  7. There are so cute and look like so much fun! Thanks for the easy to follow directions!

    • I try to provide to my readers what I would need if I visited a site wanting to make something. I’m glad you found the directions easy to follow! Yeah!

  8. OMG. You are so creative! This is the cutest little turkey cupcake ever! Pinned and can’t wait to make with my boys! I’m going to show this to my two littles preschool teacher and see if they can make them in class. So so so cute!

  9. These are the cutest!!! I love the big eyes! Pinned!

  10. These are so precious! Cupcakes full of treasures!

  11. Who could eat a sweet little face like that? Well, I could because it is chocolate…

    visiting from Pin It Party and I pinned it!

  12. OMG, these are sooo cute! Hugs 🙂

  13. These are to cute!! Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  14. That is the most adorable cupcake in the world! I don’t have kids of my own but if I did, I would make these every year! So darling!!

  15. This is so cute! Awesome idea 😀

  16. How cute are these?! I have a feeling the cousins are going to want to make these for Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Foodie Fridays…I will be sharing them on my Facebook page tomorrow. Pinning and stumbling too…they are just too adorable!

  17. These are too stinkin’ cute! Loving the wide-eyed look. 🙂 Pinning to our SNF party board and sharing on my FB page this week! Awesome job on these, girl!

  18. These are soooooooooooooo cute!!
    I love your creativity 🙂

  19. Sara these are just to darn cute not to feature! Congrats you were featured on Creative Spark Link Party. Hope you stop by again today to link up! http://bit.ly/1GOzKOk

  20. Sara, these are darling!! Love them. Pinned.

  21. Ahh! These are such adorable cupcakes! <3

  22. Thanks for sharing these adorable cupcakes on Best of the Weekend – these are being featured tonight on my blog!

  23. Hi Sara- Big surprise but these are a Tickle My Tastebuds feature tomorrow over at http://notatrophywife.com I’m going to try and make these again (with a shout back) but we know how my last imitation went with my caramel apples! xo, laura

  24. I love Oreo Chocolate Cookies.Easy to make and Good recipe – easy to follow and ingredients are easy to find.me and my family really like this very much..


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