The holidays can be stressful. I feel like anytime the holidays roll around I have a million orders for cookies, pies, and cakes. Then I have to think about packing to go and see my family. There is just a lot to do and even though I might be off from school I don't feel like there is enough time to do it all!
Of course just to stress myself out a little more I always have my students reward party the week of Thanksgiving. That means that in addition to everything I have to make for Thanksgiving, bake for my orders, and do around the house, I also have to make cute little treats for them as well.
Now I'll let you in on a little secret. While I love making cookies and brownies from scratch when they are for my family or my clients I don't always make everything for scratch for my students. Here is my confession; when I make themed treats for the students I almost always use a box mix. The truth is, they are used to eating the box mixes and they are more excited about how I decorate the desserts then how they taste so I just whip up a box mix and then get to decorating.
These Turkey Brownies are no exception. I started with a box of fudge brownies and made them in a 9 x 13 pan. When they are cooled I frost them with a vanilla frosting that I tinted brown. Of course you can use chocolate frosting but I find that to be too much chocolate in one dessert. While I make the brownies from a mix I usually make the frosting myself. It's only a few ingredients and my frosting hardens while store bought stays soft.
The best part of these brownies are the decorations. The body of the turkey is made from a mini peppermint chocolate candy. The feathers are made from candy corn. The beak is a mini M&M candy and while you can use candy eyes for the eyes, I simply used melted white and black chocolate to make them.
The turkey brownies end up being super cute and festive. If you have kids at home they can even help you decorate them. It's an easy activity that results in a delicious holiday treat.
- 1 box brownie mix
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 2 c. powdered sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
- brown food coloring
- 12 mini peppermint candies covered in chocolate
- 12 red mini M&M's
- 36 candy corn
- white chocolate
- black chocolate
- Cook the brownies according to the package directions and let cool.
- In a medium bowl combine the butter and vanilla and beat with a mixer until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, a half cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Stir in the brown food coloring.
- Spread the frosting over top of the brownies.
- Place the peppermint candies on top of the brownies (4 down and 3 across).
- Stick a red mini M&M in the middle of each peppermint chocolate.
- Place three candy corns above the peppermint candy to make the turkey "feathers".
- Melt the white chocolate and place 2 "eyes" on each turkey. Melt the black chocolate and dot it in the middle of each "eye".
- Slice into 12 squares and serve.