Thanksgiving Muffins

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These cute miniature Thanksgiving muffins are an easy to make festive treat for Thanksgiving. 

Cute and healthy Thanksgiving treat - a snack-sized mini muffin decorated like a turkey!

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Thanksgiving Muffins

5 from 2 votes
Cute and healthy Thanksgiving treat - a snack-sized mini muffin decorated like a turkey!
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Thanksgiving Muffins

Cute and healthy Thanksgiving treat - a snack-sized mini muffin decorated like a turkey!
5 from 2 votes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Thanksgiving Muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 miniature muffins
Author Chelsea


  • 1 package (7 ounces) muffin mix I used Martha White blueberry muffin mix (choose your favorite flavor)
  • 1/2 cup milk I used 1%
  • 1/4 cup dark, milk, or semi-sweet chocolate chips I used dark
  • 12 whole almonds
  • 1 bag (4 ounces) bag sliced almonds*
  • 12 miniature red candies
  • 24 edible candy eyes**


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a miniature muffin tin (I used a tin with 12 cavities) and set aside.
  • Use the muffin mix + 1/2 cup milk and follow the package directions to make miniature muffins.
  • Bake, remove from the muffin tin, and allow to cool.
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) in bursts of 15 seconds stirring for 15 seconds in between each burst until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • Dip the top of the whole almonds in the chocolate to create a "beak" for the turkey. Place the almond on a sheet of parchment paper and allow the chocolate to set-up.
  • Scoop the remainder of your chocolate into a small plastic bag. Cut off the tip of the bag and set aside for a minute.
  • Position the sliced almonds on the back half of the muffins to create turkey feathers. Press each almond into the muffin.
  • Using the bag filled with chocolate, pipe chocolate on to the back of the edible eyes and attach to the muffin. Hold long enough to let the chocolate harden.
  • Pipe chocolate on the back of the almond beak and attach to the muffin.
  • Pipe chocolate on the back of the miniature red candy and attach to the muffin. Press and hold the almond and candy in place until it hardens enough and stays put.
  • Enjoy the muffins with 2-3 days storing them in an airtight container.


Recipe Notes

*Make sure the bag of sliced almonds is big enough that you can be choosy with the almonds you use as a lot are broken up and don't look as pretty. **I find edible eyes in a craft store (baking aisle) or grocery store near cupcake liners, sprinkles, etc. on the baking aisle.

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  1. I am new to your blog and absolutely love it! I’ve made a bunch of your recipes and I’m addicted!! Thank you so much for all the great dinner posts especially the salads and the crockpot much easier when you just don’t have the time but way better than cereal! Ha!! Got the kids & happy hubby. Cool video too. Thanks!!

    1. This comment made my day!! So, so great to hear! 🙂 Haha — happy kids and happy husband is the best 🙂 Thanks again Claire!

  2. 5 stars
    These are adorable and I love how they don’t look easy, but after watching the video, I think I could do this! 🙂 I have read your ebook (awesome!) and I love your blog and photography! The short videos are so fun. What editing software do you use or camera? I have heard that go-pros work great but I haven’t tried one yet but really want to. Maybe you could do a post about it!

    1. You are so sweet, thank you Adell! 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind compliments, they mean so much to me!! I use a 6d camera and edit in photoshop for blog photos. For the videos, I would love to do a post sometime when I feel like I’ve learned enough to!! This turkey video was my very first time ever doing a video and editing and I recognize I have SO much to learn! 🙂 I actually did it super budget — just used my iphone, built a tripod out of PVC pipe (tutorial here: and then I edited on imovie on my phone. I hope that helps. As I learn more, I will keep some notes going to hopefully write about it all!

      1. Thanks for the info! I can’t wait to try a video, such a fun element to add. And I think people will really love the quick, short videos. I am like you, a little impatient 😉 but if that means cute turkey muffins in October, no complaints here!

        1. They are so much fun to make!! Thank you so much! Haha, yeah as fun as long recipe videos are, I just rarely have the patience to finish them! ?

  3. Very cool! This would make it a nice treat to a friend’s son coming up birthday party! The video makes it easy to follow too. Thanks.

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