Cinnamon turkeys are cute for Thanksgiving Day


With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, we’re sure you’re trying to plan the perfect holiday meal. Whether it’s using your favorite turkey recipe, choosing the perfect side dishes, or deciding on a new dessert to top off the meal, Thanksgiving dinner is one of America’s signature meals. year.

But what about breakfast on that busy kitchen day? Even on Thanksgiving morning, everyone is going to wake up hungry and want to eat. You can kick off the holiday culinary festivities with this adorable cinnamon-rolled turkey!


These little sweet and savory turkeys come from the Pillsbury kitchen. We love that they start with chilled dough, which means less time working on food. And, on Thanksgiving Day, it’s essential.

To make the cinnamon roll turkeys, you will need:

  • 1 box (17.5 ounces) of Pillsbury Grands chilled! Cinnamon buns with original glaze (5 pieces)
  • 10 slices of bacon
  • 10 candy eyeballs
  • 5 pieces of sweet corn
  • 5 mini chocolate candies coated with red candy
  • 15 mini pretzel sticks, halved

Since the box of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls contains five rolls, that’s enough to make five turkeys. If you think you’ll need to make more (and we’re sure you will), simply multiply the ingredients to accommodate the number of servings you need. So if you want 10 turkeys, just double the recipe.

You can usually find candy eyeballs in the bakery or candy section of your local craft stores. Sometimes grocery stores have them too.


Cooking these cinnamon turkeys is also very simple. There are only five steps!

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Open the rolls and set the frosting aside. Then separate them into five rolls on a baking sheet. Unroll each roll about 1 inch, then tuck the end of the dough into the roll to create the neck of the turkey.
  • Bake for 19 to 21 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Remove from pan and let cool on wire rack for 5 minutes.
  • Cook bacon until crisp and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Cut each slice in half and place four halves on the back of each roll so they stand up for the tail.
  • Finally, spread the rolls with frosting and decorate them with candy eyeballs, candy corn and coated chocolate candies. Use the halved pretzel sticks for the turkey legs.


Pillsbury has the full recipe here.

Not only is it a delicious way to start your Thanksgiving feast, it’s also the perfect meal for even little kids to help prepare and serve. They feel like they’re part of the party and then can enjoy a sweet treat for breakfast!


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