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Turkey Cookies for Thanksgiving

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Yesterday we began our Thanksgiving Countdown. Each day I will be sharing a tip for you to prepare for the day, some might only take 5 minutes, while others, like baking, may take a few hours. We kicked it off with Menu Planning, follow along with us!

When I spotted these Turkey Cookies on the cover of the Pillsbury Thanksgiving booklet, I knew I had to give them a try. Although I don’t do a lot of cookie baking, especially cut out cookies, I think they turned out pretty cute.

Won’t your kiddos love them? I think they would be darling on the Thanksgiving Kiddie Table! With some easy to find ingredients and a good sugar cookie recipe, you can make them too {and the kiddos can help}, let me show you how…

Turkey Cookie Ingredients

  • Sugar Cookies {recipe below}
  • Frosting – red, copper, yellow and black
  • White chocolate {not shown}
  • Peanut Butter Cups – small and minis
  • Candy Eyes
  • Orange Tic-tacs
  • Candy Corn


  • Cookie Cutter – flower shape  3-4  inch is best
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Decorator bags and large flat tip – I used #104
  • Tip #4 for the feet

First you want to whip up a batch of your favorite Sugar Cookies, I made Almond Sugar Cookies. They are light and a little crispy, we actually prefer a softer sugar cookie in our house, but I didn’t think a soft cookie would work well for the Turkey Cookies.

Oh and see my new mixer? If you have been around for awhile, you may have read that I don’t own a stand mixer…well, until now! The great folks at ALDI sent me their new Crofton 5 speed Stand Mixer to put to the test. While the mixer is not fancy, it did do the job. The good news…the mixer comes off so it doubles as a hand mixer, it’s lightweight so you don’t have to throw out your back lifting it and it’s priced right at around $30. The bad news…the bowl does not turn by itself. This was the only thing I thought could have been improved on, but for the price, I feel like it’s a good value, especially for the beginning baker.

Step 1: Baking the cookies

  • Roll out the dough and cut with a flower shape cookie cutter, bake
  • When the cookies are done, remove from oven and immediately cut 1/3 of the cookie with a knife
  • After the cookies are cool, melt a small amount of white Almond Bark in the microwave
  • Dip the edge of the cookie in the chocolate and attach to the smaller portion of the cookie at 90 degree angle
  • Let set until hard

Step 2: Turkey heads

  • Fit 2 decorator bags with #4 tips – fill one with red frosting, the other with black
  • Gently push the orange tic-tac into the mini peanut butter cup for the beak
  • Add a little black frosting above the beak and attach the eyes
  • Pipe on the waddle with red frosting

Step 3: Feathers and Feet

  • Pipe on feet with black frosting using a #4 tip
  • Fit 3 decorator bags with #104 tips {or other large flat tip} and fill each with red, copper and yellow frosting
  • Pipe on feathers
  • The number of feathers will determine the shape of your cookie

Step 4: More Feathers

  • Now fill in with extra feathers

Step 5: Body

  • Cut a small amount off the small peanut butter cup. I found a serrated knife worked best.
  • Place it on the cookie
  • Add the head

Now it’s time for the candy corn. And you are done.

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Almond Sugar Cookies
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The hint flavor of almond extract is great in these easy to make sugar cookies. Recipe from
  • 3 cups Flour, all-purpose
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Almond Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside.
  3. Cream the sugar and butter.
  4. Add egg and extracts, mix well.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until well combined.
  6. Roll out dough and cut out shapes
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, if you like a soft sugar cookie, bake a little shorter, if you like a crisp cookie, bake a little longer.

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Disclosure: I received a stand mixer from ALDI to review. As always, the opinions are my own.

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