Crazy Turkey Treats

I tried to come up with a cute and catchy name for the turkey-shaped sandwiches I make each Black Friday, but the fact is my young daughter’s moniker for the tasty treats stuck when she was a toddler, and now the entire family refers to them as “Crazy Turkey Sandwiches.”

The bite-sized birds are a breeze to make and are a perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers:



Cocktail pumpernickel bread

Vegetable-flavored cream cheese


Red pepper




Slivered almonds


Directions (for one sandwich):

Spread vegetable cream cheese between two slices of cocktail pumpernickel bread.

For the head, use a small drinking glass or round cookie cutter to cut a circle from another slice of bread, then stick it to the top of the sandwich with a dab of cream cheese.

Add facial features: peas for the eyes, red pepper or pepperoni for snood, cashew for the beak, etc.

Use the slivered almonds and parsley as feathers between the bread slices.


This version works well with simple white or whole wheat bread. Just cut the bread with a large glass for the turkey’s head. Next, cut a triangle of cheese for the beak, use raisin halves for eyes, and a piece of strawberry Fruit Roll-Up, or a craisin for a snood. Place slices of turkey on another bread circle and place decorated bread on top.



Yellow cupcake

Chocolate frosting

3 oval shortbread cookies (Keebler Sandies or Pepperidge Farm Milano)

6 to 10 candy corn pieces

White icing

Black decorators’ gel

Strawberry Fruit by the Foot


Frost the cupcake, then press in a cookie head and two cookie wings.

Press in a row or two of candy corn tail feathers.

For eyes, add two small dots of white icing to the head, and then add dots of black decorators’ gel for pupils.

For beak, cut the white tip from a piece of candy corn and press it on the cupcake.

To make snood, cut a 1-inch square of Fruit by the Foot. Roll it into a tube and stick it in place under the beak.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.