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Simple Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin Nov 10, 2014


Hello. Remember me? I used to blog about cookies, but seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth for 3 months. Well I’m back! I’m also totally fine, just needed a break and a recharge after what I would call “cookie burnout.” I’m kind of sad I didn’t come back from my hiatus in time to do Halloween cookies this year. However, I’m excited to share a few ideas for the upcoming (and my most favorite) holiday, Thanksgiving!

There are tons of awesome Thanksgiving turkey cookie ideas out there. Here is just one other spin on the classic turkey cookie. My hope was to use a common cookie cutter shape, keep the overall design fairly simple, but also go for that somewhat “realistic” turkey look. The main inspiration for these Thanksgiving turkey cookies was from these beautiful peacock cookies by Anne of Flour Box Bakery. Below is my attempt at “turkey-fying” those peacocks.

Preparing the Dough

For these Thanksgiving turkey cookies, any round scalloped cookie cutter will do the job. The one I used was from this Betty Crocker cookie cutter set.

Before baking, cut out the shape from the dough and then trim off a bottom portion, as shown below.

Thanksgiving turkey cookies dough

The Decorating Process

  1. 1

    Using a smaller circle cutter, trace a circle on the cookie with a food marker. Make sure the circle sits just below the bottom edge before tracing. This will give the look of a sitting turkey.

    Thanksgiving turkey cookies step 1
  2. 2

    With dark brown piping icing, outline around the center circle and around the outer scalloped edge of the cookie. Then with different colored flood icing, fill in the center in a striped, ring design of your choosing. I started flooding with the dark brown scalloped edge then worked my way inwards.

    Thanksgiving Turkey cookies step 2
  3. 3

    After the middle section is flooded and still wet, quickly drag a toothpick or scribe tool between each scallop towards the center of the cookie as shown below. Be sure to wipe the tip of the toothpick/ scribe tool after EACH swipe through the icing. Otherwise, you’ll leave unwanted color all over the cookie.

    Thanksgiving turkey cookies step 3
  4. 4

    After the feather section had time to set, flood the middle section with light brown icing. Leave that to set for about 15 minutes, then pipe a wing in dark brown icing, and a “peanut-shape” for a head in a pink icing.

    Thanksgiving turkey cookies step 4
  5. 5

    Lastly, add the facial details. Pipe a black bead for the eye and a yellow arrow for the beak. Then, add the red snood over the beak. (Totally had to Google that term, BTW.)

    Thanksgiving turkey cookies step 5

Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together.

Relatively simple, right? I went with a folksy, autumn color palette with these Thanksgiving turkey cookies. However, the colors can easily be adjusted to your liking. I image traditional Thanksgiving colors like burnt oranges, yellows, reds and greens would look fantastic as well.

For more Thanksgiving cookie ideas, please check out the following links:

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58 replies on “Simple Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

  1. Glad you are back! I love your ideas!!! Keep them coming!

    1. I’ll try. :) Thanks, Beth.

  2. missed you, Mike, glad that you are refreshed and ready to roll…that dough! get that butter out! Christmas is coming, and we can’t wait for some of your best stuff.

  3. Michelle Probst 27

    Just discovered your blog. Love it! I may have missed this, but can you tell me how you made the shade of blue? Thanks.

    1. Hi Michelle. I should have written it down, but I think it was a mix of Americolor Royal Blue and Forest Green.

  4. Love your creativity, and dedication to pass it on the the rest of us!

    I’m very new to all this, all I had was a cookie collection, and my husband finally suggested I use them..Use, them…who knew…lol…

    I have been having a difficult time estimating how much icing I need. Also, my outlining icing alway, always, always, turns out at least two shades darker than my flooding icing, what gives??? How can I remedy this without over correcting?

    Thank you, for your time!

  5. The bottles that you used, do they have a metal piping tip on the end? Also where did you buy them? I’m in Canada so may to order from the U.S. so if you can let me know where they are available I would appreciate that.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Wendy, yes they are bottles with couplers that can be used with most metal piping tips. I love to use PME tips when I decorate. You can purchase them online at this link. Also, if you ever have a question on other supplies I use you can visit this link: .

  6. I loved ur designs they are so adorable!i tried to make them before but a complete failure! How ill get the right consistency? Would u mind sharing the recipe? TIA

    1. Hi Abby, I don’t mind at all. Here’s the link for my icing recipe. To get the right consistency, add water until the desired thickness is achieved. I use a spray bottle to control the amount of water I add. The piping icing (for the details) should be like toothpaste; not too stiff. For flood icing, it should be like thick shampoo; not too runny. If you draw a line in the icing with a knife, the line should go away completely in 12-15 seconds.

  7. How big is the cookie cutter?

    1. I would guess it’s about 3.5″ to 3.75″ wide.

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