Cute, simple and easy to make mini turkey cookies for Thanksgiving.
Let’s not complicate things when making cute turkey cookies for Thanksgiving, shall we? Brown circles with some candy eyes, nose, wattle and feathers. That’s it. Heck, you can even buy chocolate frosting instead of making and piping brown icing, and spread it on the circles with a knife.
And they still look pretty much like turkeys. Turkeys with pastel feathers, but turkeys. I stink at simplifying the rest of my life, but cookies, no sweat.
I mean, look at this guy. He looks so sweet. And delicious. (Sorry, buddy.) I suppose it’s fitting that I used chocolate-covered sunflower seeds to decorate him since birds eat seeds and all. And people eat cookies.
turkey food ideas
Need more fun food ideas for Thanksgiving? Check out these turkeys.
- chocolate turkey donuts
- easy turkey cookies
- silly turkey leg cookies
- chocolate turkey pops
- awesome turkey chocolate cake
how do you freeze cookies?
I often get emails asking about freezing cookies, so if you plan on doing this as well, here are some quick how-tos:
- Let the cookies dry overnight.
- Place in a single layer in freezer-safe, gallon-size ziploc bags.
- Seal and freeze.
- To thaw, remove from the freezer and let thaw at room temperature totally before opening those bags.
how to make simple turkey cookies
you will need:*
brown food coloring
2-inch circle cutter (or comparable size)
1 disposable decorating bag
1 size “4” tip
1 rubber band
chocolate-covered sunflower seeds (or any candy or sprinkles that look similar)
how to decorate cookies
Find the cutter, decorating bags, couplers, tips and candy eyes in the craft store.
For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes in Chocolate Brown. I have tips on finding supplies. Or, see below for Supplies.
More cookie decorating recipes. I also have great vegan cookies and icing recipes.
BASIC COOKIE DECORATING INSTRUCTIONS.
what to do
Prepare cookie dough and royal icing according to the recipes. Chill the dough, roll it out, and cut out 2-inch circles. Bake and let cool according to the recipe.
Tint some of the icing brown. Prepare a decorating bag with coupler and tip. Fill with the brown icing and close tightly with a rubber band.
To decorate, pipe a circle of brown. Pipe back and forth to fill the cookie with brown icing.
Top the cookie with 2 candy eyes, a yellow or orange sunflower seed for the beak and a red seed for the wattle.
Place an array of sunflower seeds at the top for the feathers.
Let the cookies dry overnight.
easy turkey cookies for Thanksgiving
EASY turkey cookies for Thanksgiving
- royal icing (recipe on blog)
- cut-out cookie dough (recipe on blog)
- brown food coloring
- 2-inch circle cutter (or comparable size)
- 1 disposable decorating bag
- 1 coupler
- 1 size "4" tip
- 1 rubber band
- chocolate-covered sesame seeds (or any candy or sprinkles that look similar)
- Prepare cookie dough and royal icing according to the recipes. Chill the dough, roll it out, and cut out 2-inch circles. Bake and let cool according to the recipe.
- Tint some of the icing brown. Prepare a decorating bag with coupler and tip. Fill with the brown icing and close tightly with a rubber band.
- To decorate, pipe a circle of brown and let set about 10 minutes. Pipe back and forth to fill the cookie with brown icing. Top the cookie with 2 candy eyes, a yellow or orange sesame seed for the beak and a red seed for the wattle. Place an array of sesame seeds at the top for the feathers.
- Let the cookies dry overnight.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 17Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
danielle @ this picture book life says
Thank you Danielle!
Where do you get the chocolate coated sesame seeds? All I could find were chocolate coated sunflower seeds.
Where did you get the chocolate covered sesame seeds? All I could find were chocolate covered sunflower seeds.
Oh shoot, I used sunflower seeds!! Yikes, Ican’t believe I wrote sesame. (My 8 year old calls them that, so she confuses me.) I’ll change it right now. There’s a link at the bottom to the seeds at amazon. Thanks for letting me know!!
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets says
I have everything I need to make these adorable little turkey cookies! These are awesome Meaghan! 🙂
Thanks Karen! I love that you have candy eyes and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds in stock. We’re kindred spirits!
Sophia and I are making these tonight!
I love these. I included them in my list of 11 ideas to keep kids from getting bored on Thanksgiving:
Thanks for sharing!