If you want to entertain some kids this season but you’re not particularly interested in spending hours in your kitchen, then this is the activity for you! These Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies take advantage of plenty of short-cuts to allow for minimal prep time and maximum fun!
I have a little secret to share with you: children don’t usually care whether or not our cookies are baked from scratch. Shocking, right? So instead of pulling out my stand mixer and creaming some butter and sugar, I just bought a good ol’ roll of sugar cookie dough from the refrigerated section of my grocery store. Slice, bake, and we were ready to go!
I spread our baked, cooled cookies with some chocolate frosting from a can and then let the boys help with the fun part – decorating. Although, as usual, I think they did more candy-eating than actual decorating. Nevertheless, we ended up with a platter full of friendly little Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies…perfect for a holiday dessert table, a November lunch treat, or a special snack at a play date or school. Wherever you enjoy them, I know that these cookies will make you and your kids smile!
Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies
- 1 roll 16.5 ounces refrigerated sugar cookie dough (or your favorite homemade sugar cookie recipe)
- 1 container 16 ounces chocolate frosting
- 1 tube white decorating gel
- Miniature chocolate chips
- Candy corn
- Red Swedish Fish candy
- Orange jelly beans
- Bake round sugar cookies according to package instructions. Cool completely before decorating.
- Spread chocolate frosting onto the top of a cookie. For the turkey feathers, arrange candy corn or Swedish Fish on outer edge of half of cookie.
- For turkey eyes, pipe two dots of white gel frosting in center of cookie. Top each white dot with a miniature chocolate chip.
- Place orange jelly bean beneath eyes for turkey’s beak.
- Repeat with remaining cookies.