Friday, November 26, 2010

Turkey Cookies

Hope you are still glowing over your Thanksgiving feast and family moments. I thought it would be fun to share a recipe idea with you. Now I'm hardly the domestic type, I don't even cook most of the time, but the birthday cakes and holiday treats have always been left to me.

When my children were young, I came across a cute turkey cookie cutter from Hallmark. It's the type where it has a back and the designs come out as indentations.

Here's what you do. Find your favorite sugar cookie recipe. In mine which is from a Betty Crocker's Cookbook, I just make a few changes. Instead of using part shortening, I use all butter. That smells fantastic when the cookies come out of the oven. Then for icing, use confectioners sugar. Get out three little bowls. After the cookies are cooked, mix about 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl with a food color, (yellow, red, and green.) Add water slowly and at the same time, add equal amounts of lemon juice until the mixture is the right consistency. (Extra lemon juice never hurts. In fact, this ingredient is the secret that makes the cookies so good.) Just play with it to taste. Alternate green and yellow on the tail feathers. Use red for the head and wattle.

My daughter and I made a double batch this year. We have made these almost non-stop through the years. Sorry I didn't get around to putting this on so you could do it for Thanksgiving this year, but this works for Christmas cookies, too. We always get lots of compliments. Hope you like this idea and that it works out for you.


  1. They look yummy! Hope you guys had an awesome Thanksgiving!

  2. Wow, those are beautiful cookies! I'd rather bake than cook, too.

    Blessings on your holidays, my sweet sister,

  3. Hi Nancy -

    I always get a hankering to bake this time of year. My present kitchen makes this difficult, and Mom's kitchen is microscopic.

    Maybe I'll try them anyway. I love butter cookies. :)