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“seriously, you can’t mess these up” turkey cookie sticks

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I’d say I have a history of striving for perfection. I was the stressball high school kid that pulled all-nighters for her AP Calculus exam. I feel anxiety welling up when I look around at the scattered kid toys and food crumbs all over my floors. I don’t achieve perfection, mind you, but I’m one who strives for it. There’s one place, however, where I do not strive for perfection. Cookie decorating. I know my limits. I’m truly in awe of those cookie decorators with the patience and muscle control to decorate with machine-like precision. They are artists, masters of the craft, to be sure. But I’m not in that club. I can decorate a mean cookie, mind you, just with bumps and gaps. So lately I’ve been embracing the benefits of imperfection, namely, accessibility and lack of stress.

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Some recent examples of the “seriously, you can’t mess these up” cookies include these chaos cookies or my monster sticks. These turkeys are inspired by the latter. And you can experiment with the messiness of the feathers. Just go nuts there. Hand the decorating bags over to the kids. Or the cat.

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how to make can’t-mess-up turkey cookies

 

you will need:*

cookie dough
royal icing
dough scraper or knife
food coloring
disposable decorating bags
couplers
rubber bands
size 3, 4 and 5 decorating tips
candy eyes
chocolate and/or peanut butter candy melts

 

*Find the decorating bags, couplers, tips, candy eyes and candy melts in the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes, available in specialty stores and online (Red Red, Orange, and Egg Yellow used here).   This is the dough scraper I use, HERE, from Sur la Table. You can also use a knife, but this tool makes cutting sticks super easy and consistent, especially with the handy ruler. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.

 

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step one: make your cookie sticks

Prepare the cookie dough according to the recipe, chill for a couple hours, roll out 1/4-inch thick and use the dough scraper or knife to cut out sticks. My sticks are about 4 1/2 inches long by 1/2 inch wide. Place the sticks on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake according to the recipe. Let cool completely. (Yes, this is the same picture from the monster sticks. Sorry about that.)

 

step two: prepare your royal icing

Prepare royal icing according to the recipe. Divide the icing and tint your preferred colors. I made red, orange and yellow. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with icing and close tightly with rubber bands.

 

step three: decorate your cookies

To decorate, fit the red, orange and yellow icing bags with tips sizes 3, 4 or 5, depending on your preference (3 makes smaller feathers, 5 bigger).  Pipe a crazy mess of feathers in red, then orange and then yellow. Set a candy melt face down into the icing on the bottom of the cookie stick. To decorate the face, add a couple little dots of icing (you can use light corn syrup, too) to the back of candy eyes and adhere to the candy melt. Pipe a dot for the nose (if you pipe a dot and pull it a bit to the side, you can make the beak shape) and a little bit for the wattle. Let the cookies dry well, preferably overnight, before handling and packaging. For basic cookie decorating instructions, click HERE.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted November 15, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Just adorable – kids of all ages will just love these cute cookies!

  2. meaghanmountford
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much! I have ages 4 months to 7 years old coming for Thanksgiving, so I hope so! :)

  3. Posted November 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    These look amazing! My kids would love these. Forget about real Turkey they will be asking for these for Thanksgiving!

  4. Posted November 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Cute and easy!!

  5. Posted November 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely ADORABLE!! Pinning and Stumbling. xo

  6. Posted November 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Okay these are way too cute!

  7. Posted November 19, 2013 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Gobble, gobble, cute! I love these little turkey sticks. :)

  8. Posted November 20, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Love these! Showing them a little link love in my post today!!!

  9. meaghanmountford
    Posted November 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Lizy!!

  10. Trish
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Sophia and I made these today! I posted on my personal FB page witha link here! Thanks, these were awesome!!!

  11. Posted November 25, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    You are SO creative!! These are adorable… and I LOVE that I can get the kids involved in all the cuteness! :)

  12. Posted November 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    These are darling! Such a fun twist on the average circle cookie!

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