Turkey cookies

Samantha and I got this great sugar cookie recipe from the parent of one of her classmates.  These aren’t hard to make, they are delicious and since you can get cookie cutters in any shape – you can make them for any occasion.  (I’ve decorated them to look like tennis balls for Keith’s tennis parties, we did bats and cats for Halloween, we make them in the shape of a cupcake for birthdays and so on.)  They are especially fun to decorate.  Here is the recipe and a picture of the finished turkeys.  If I was hosting Thanksgiving, I would use a small tube of white icing and write everyone’s name on a turkey and use them instead of place cards.

Sugar Cookies

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsifted all-purpose flower
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla until well mixed.  Reduce speed to low and beat in flour, baking soda and salt (I usually combine these three and mix together before adding.)  Gather dough in a ball, flatten into a round and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Heat oven to 325.  Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Remove dough from fridge, cut in half and return one half to fridge.

Lightly flour your work space and roll dough to about 1/8 inch thick.  Cut out cookies and place on parchment.  Reroll the leftover dough and continue process until you are out of dough.

Bake cookies for 10 -14 minutes (depends on size) or until golden at the edges.  Cool and transfer to wire racks.

Repeat process with remaining dough.

Frost with royal icing.

Royal icing

  • 2 lightly beaten egg whites
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • food coloring

Lightly beat egg whites and lemon juice.  Gradually whisk in confectioner’s sugar until icing is spreading consistency.  Color with food coloring and use right away.

NOTE: 1/2 recipe of royal icing will ice one batch of cookies but I usually double the cookies.  🙂  Aren’t they cute!

The perfect addition to Thanksgiving!

The perfect addition to Thanksgiving!


About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

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