Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

How is it that Thanksgiving is just around the corner? It feels like it was just Halloween! (On a side note, am I the only one who still needs to take their Halloween decorations down?) To get into the Turkey Spirit, we had a little turkey cookie decorating play date last week that turned out to be a success (as was the cookie recipe, which I’ll be glad to share as well).

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I found the book 10 Turkeys in the Road at our library, although a friend also brought 10 Fat Turkeys which was another hit. Both books feature fun rhymes as well as counting down all the silly activities the turkeys have planned.

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These Paper Roll Turkeys are another great idea from the Resourceful Mama that we made at another play date

I found a hand print cookie cutter to use, since the hand print turkey was such a staple for Thanksgiving decorations in our house when I was growing up. Then we used chocolate frosting, m&m’s, candy corn and candy eyeballs for decorating. I also saw a fun tutorial here, where they used cut outs of their own hands, but a cookie cutter seemed easier to me for this.

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One son actually decorated his cookie and the other just ate candy. Can you guess which one?

The kids had a blast making (and eating) their cookies. The cookie dough recipe that I used is fairly simple as well. I’ve learned that the trick for good sugar cookies is to chill the dough an hour before cutting out your shapes. Once the shapes are cut out, chill the shapes a second time in the fridge for another hour before baking them in the oven.

For about 30-40 cookies use:

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Once you have chilled the dough and the shapes, these bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes until they just begin to brown on the bottom. Remember to let your cookies sit on the pan about one minute before moving them to a cooling rack to hold their shape.

I love Thanksgiving and all of the fun turkey ideas out there. I just wish the stores wouldn’t already be shoving out Christmas decorations the week of Halloween. I know people joke about stores skipping over Thanksgiving but I was shocked to find hardly anything before Halloween was even over! The good news is we can always make our own decorations like these footprint turkeys and candy corn turkeys both from Crafty Morning. And of course we can always count on the lovely Sugar & Cloth to have a Turkey Macaron DIY if you’re up for that! These Hand Print Turkey Cookies as place settings is where I got my main inspiration for this idea as well.

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What are your favorite ways to decorate for Thanksgiving? Did anyone else have a hard time finding decorations this year?

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