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Turkey Trot Corn Muffins

November 21, 2017 by

These cute gobblers will be the talk of the table as an edible centerpiece or place setting decoration!  Creating the corn muffin ‘turkeys’ can keep the kids (or guests!) busy on Thanksgiving Day. Or have a decorating session a day or two ahead before the kitchen is bustling.

A packaged corn muffin mix is the perfect convenience. We like adding a handful of raisins to the batter!  Bake and cool the muffins before decorating. Then simply slice dried fruit for feathers, and peanut-butter-glue a raisin eye onto a fresh or dried apple slice for the head.


Fresh or dried apple and raisin eyes make the turkey neck and head; Mediterranean and California apricots, prunes and dried pear make a colorful tail. Don’t forget a little apricot ‘wattle’ on the neck!

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Make two slits in the muffin, one slightly wider for the feathers. Place strips of fruit together on the work surface and pinch together before inserting. A tiny dab of peanut butter will hold the raisin eye in place.

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The tip of a sharp knife helps for inserting.

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Add your own creative flourish!


Turkey Trot Corn Muffins


    • 1 package (8.5 ounces) cornbread mix
    • 1/4 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
    • Sun-Maid Washington Apples
    • Sun-Maid Pitted Prunes
    • Sun-Maid California or Mediterranean Apricots
    • Sun-Maid Natural Raisins


Prepare cornbread batter as package directs.

Stir raisins into batter. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.

Bake muffins according to package directions. Cool.

To decorate turkeys:Press two dried apple slices together and insert into a small slit in muffin. Adhere a raisin or cranberry with peanut butter or honey for an “eye.” For tail feathers, cut strips of apricots and prunes. Attach with dabs of peanut butter or honey, or insert into small slits in muffin and arrange fan-like, using toothpicks if needed for support.


Rosemary Mark remembers the day her kindergarten teacher said, “Rosemary, you need to play somewhere other than the kitchen or the grocery store, how about the playground.” Five year-old Rosemary was devastated, but only for the day. After studying foods and nutrition in college, she made the kitchen her playground for recipe development and new product innovation. She blogs at www.getcookingsimply.com.


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About The Author
Suzanne Nelson

Dr. Nelson recently joined the staff of Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania as a nutrition and wellness advisor and sports nutritionist. Previously, she was the Director of Sports Performance Nutrition in the athletic department at the University of California, Berkeley. While in California, she was the team nutritionist for the San Francisco 49ers and provided nutrition consultation to the San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. In addition, Dr. Nelson has advised elite amateur athletes at the national, world, and Olympic level. She is a nationally known speaker in sports nutrition and is the author/editor of several books and numerous scientific journal articles. Dr. Nelson is the Nutrition and Health Advisor for Sun-Maid.

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