Hi I’m Melissa, and I’m bad at icing sugar cookies. Okay, I can get my royal icing to the proper consistency, I can color the icing to every color in the rainbow. But I can’t look at a blank cookie and create a cute, fancy, intricate design. I have spent years dabbling with royal iced sugar cookies and I have gotten the basics down! I finally realized that I need to be esigning cookies my own way. I can decorate a simple design really well. So I deconstructed the turkey and created 2 simple designs. The feather cookie is a simple design, and the turkey cookie is simple as well. When they get stacked together…tada! Here’s a breakdown of how I made these.
I was going for an orange brown color for the turkey, I guess I ended up with a pumpkin pie color, but I like it!
This is the exact color I envisioned for the feathered wings. I used Sweet Sugarbelle’s color tutorial on these cookies, it was so helpful! I had a few ideas for the look of the feathered wings so I tried them all. I definitely don’t love how all these styles look, but I was playing around.
I added white eyes, a dark brown center iris, and yellow beak and feet. I used the tutorial from the Bearfoot Baker to make the uneven crazy eyes. I didn’t make royal icing transfers because these cookies were pretty small, but I used the same idea. I had a few ideas for the look of the turkey feet as you can see here, but in the end I only liked one of the choices.
I forgot to take a separate picture, but added the red hanging thing to the turkey beak (did you know it’s called a snood? I did not). I also decorated the feather cookie extremely simply, kind of looks like a peacock. Here you can see the cookie cutters I designed to cut these cookies. I have had this cookie idea for a while, but I am not a fan of cutting cookies by hand. With this cutter set, it makes cookie making much more fun! You can buy the cutter set here.