A while back, somebody dropped off an old Daily Globe newspaper clipping. The clipping was a photo of 6-year-old me, making favors for Thanksgiving Day guests. (See right. It must have been part of Mom’s pre-Thanksgiving Day column.)
I remember well making these particular treats, as they were a T-Day staple at our home. They consisted of a Ritz cracker, frosting, a large cream-filled chocolate drop, candy corn and chocolate chips. The cracker and candy corn formed the tail of a turkey, the chocolate drop was its body, and the chocolate chips were the head and feet. Frosting held the whole thing together. The most difficult part was getting the feet placed correctly so the turkey would stand upright.
On the Nestle Very Best Baking website, I recently came across this recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies, which although made of completely different materials, were reminiscent of those long-ago Thanksgiving favors.
Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies
Prepare one package Nestle Toll House refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough as directed on package. Cool completely.
Frost cookies with ¾ cup prepared chocolate frosting. Insert 8 to 10 almond slices into frosting for feathers on each cookie. Place two white morsels upside down on each as eyes. Adhere mini morsel pupils to white morsels with frosting. Place a piece of candy corn as the nose and two pretzel pieces for feet on each. (Candy corn may be used for feathers instead of almond slices.)