Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

Pinterest may be the ultimate procrastination tool of all time. On more than one occasion, I have gotten up early on a Saturday morning with lots of ambitious plans for the day. That is until I grab a cup of coffee, sit down on the couch, open my laptop, and pull up Pinterest. Four hours later I’m still in my pajamas and half the day is gone. It’s hypnotizing. I go on pinning binges and I think it’s time I start rationing my time on this addictive site…. maybe… ok probably not.

Anyways, I bring up Pinterest because that is where I found the idea for these turkey and leaf cookies. What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with festive cookies? They took some planning and extra time, but I was pleased with the results and I am now even more excited to have my family over to our house for the holiday.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and take some time to remember all the good things in your life. Gobble, gobble! 🙂

Turkey Sugar Cookies

What you’ll need:

  • 1 batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough
  • 1 batch royal icing
  • Brown, green, yellow, orange, red, and black food coloring
  • Disposable piping bags with small (#1 or #2) tips
  • Toothpicks
  • Baking sheets or parchment paper

1. Roll out the cookie dough in 1/8 inch thickness. Using a circle cookie cutter and a double heart or flower cookie cutter, cut out a circle. Remove the circle and then partially cut the dough with the heart cutter on top of the circle.

2. Carefully transfer the shapes to a baking sheet and gently press the two shapes together with your fingertips.

3. Bake according to the recipe instructions. Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack.

4. Divide the royal icing into small plastic containers with a lid. Add the food coloring to the icing. Using brown icing, pipe a brown circle around the belly of the turkey. Allow to dry. Add one feather at time, allowing to each to dry in between so that the colors don’t bleed together.

5. Add a small amount of water to each container of royal icing to thin out the icing. Carefully squeeze (with a pastry bag or a bottle) the thinned icing within the outlined area.

6. Using  a toothpick, gently spread the icing evenly out until the cookie is covered. Allow to dry completely.

7. Once the cookies are completely dry (allow to sit for a few hours), pipe on the details and allow to dry. Voila! You have turkeys!

Source: Bake at 350

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Nan B says:

    Nice way of NOT buying a turkey cookie cutter! Thanks for posting, as I have a circle cutter and a heart cutter…genious!

  2. Connie says:

    Those cookies are to cute to eat. You have a gift to decorate !

  3. khaki says:

    show off… Christ name……

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