These Turkey-Shaped Treats Are Almost Too Cute to Eat!

Get ready to gobble-up these adorable turkeys.

Food Network Kitchen’s Turkey Tail Cupcakes, as seen on Food Network.

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KATE MATHIS

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is sitting in front of the TV, a big bowl of popcorn clenched in my lap, and watching "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." No matter how many times I've seen it, or what age I am while watching it, I always find myself laughing out loud as Snoopy and his trusty sidekick, Woodstock, begin whipping up their Thanksgiving feast of toast, pretzel sticks, popcorn and jellybeans. It's made me wonder, on more than one occasion, what it would be like to be invited to such a feast -- one where the traditional idea of "Thanksgiving foods" is completely turned on its head and guests are treated to an unexpected array of treats and sweets instead. I've even suggested as much to my own mother; I think Peppermint Patty's words sum up her reaction the best: "What kind of Thanksgiving dinner is this? Where's the turkey, Chuck? Don't you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners? Where's the mashed potatoes? Where's the cranberry sauce? Where's the pumpkin pie?" And though my idea for an avant garde Turkey Day didn't pan out this year, Thanksgiving still presents the perfect canvas for adding an unexpected, not to mention adorably cute, touch to your table. These turkey-shaped treats are a great place to begin. They may even ruffle a few of your guests tail feathers, in a thankful and delicious way!

Bum's the word! Vibrant white, orange, yellow and red candy melts and Hershey Kisses are used to create the eyecatching tails on these festive cupcakes from Food Network Kitchen.

This doughy pull-apart bird works double time. Place it in the middle of your table to create a colorful centerpiece and watch as your guests grab a "feather" for a quick appetizer or pre-dessert treat.

Host Giada de Laurentiis' dish, Slice and Bake Turkey Cookies, as seen on Food Network’s Giada’s Holiday Handbook, Season 1.

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Eddy Chen, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Get the entire family in on the holiday fun and enlist the smallest of your dinner guests to help make these super easy slice-and-bake cookies from Giada De Laurentiis. Giada lines one side of her sugar cookies with buttery candy corns to form the colorful tail.

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Follow Food Network Kitchen's lead and make two turkeys this year! This Crispy Treat version is paired with a chocolately wafer cookie stuffing and a gummie pineapple ring garnish for a sugary sweet blend. Another plus? All the parts of this turkey are easily sharable, meaning you may just end the evening without anyone fighting over a turkey leg or wing.

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Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

These miniture truffles are just as heartwarming as they are decadent! Place one on each of your guest's plates before dessert to create an edible place card.

Katie Lee's turkey-shaped cheese ball edible decoration seen on the set of Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 7.

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Jason DeCrow, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Your guests are bound to go wild for this larger than life cheeseball. Katie Lee uses shredded Cheddar, mayonnaise, hot sauce, garlic, cream cheese and chopped pimientos to form her tangy base. Decorate with sliced almonds, pecans, crackers, breadsticks and wedged pepper slices and dig right in as you watch the big game.

Giada De Laurentiis' Thanksgiving Turkeys for Thanksgiving Sides as seen on Food Network's Giada at Home

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

These charming creations are a staple at Giada's Thanksgiving feast and we think they should be at yours too! Double-stuffed sandwich cookies act as the "body" of these chocolately turkeys. Add a peanut butter cup and some candy corn feathers and watch them come to life.

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