These cornbread muffins are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. They are slightly sweeteened so they can work perfectly as a side dish, but they can also be enjoyed as a breakfast muffin or as a dessert. The yellow cornmeal gives these a great slight crunchy texture. These muffins come together so quickly and can be made in advance. You can easily double the recipe. One can of coconut milk has less than 2 cups of coconut milk so when I double the recipe I just add enough water to the coconut milk until there is 2 cups of liquid. No need to open a second can. Here’s my dairy free recipe:
Last year I had some great Thanksgiving cookie ideas. One was the easy to decorate 2 part layered turkey cookie and the other was a turkey platter (original design by the great cookier Sweet Sugarbelle.) I almost didn’t post both ideas at that time becuase I didn’t think I would come up with anything cuter. But I shared because I couldn’t hold back. Luckily, a great design popped in my head just in time for Thanksgiving! I had this idea for a cookie stick that could be used as a place card to decorate your holiday table. I thought it would be so festive to help decorate your holiday table if each guest got his or her own cookie. I baked my perfect sugar cookies and I used royal icing to decorate mine and just wrote a simple holiday message, but they could also be personalized with names or initials. I wanted to design one that could work horizontally and one vertically, but it seemed like it would be confusing to offer 2 different cutters. I figured I could probably make each design work both ways if I tweaked it enough and it totally worked! These cutters are so cute and user friendly.
The cutter cuts a nice clean edge and then leaves an imprint of the design on the cookie. After it is baked, all the outlines are there for you-there is no guesswork or extra stenciling to get the perfect design. I decorated my cookies with royal icing but to demo how the cutter cuts I used fondant. That gave me another idea! I think if you used fondant to cover your sugar cookie, you could use edible markers to decorate them. The kids would love to decorate these as well! Imagine each guest at your table getting a cookie with his or her name on it decorated with love by your kids. Super cute idea! This is especially great if you aren’t so good with royal icing or if you simply don’t have the time. These would be cute on each guests plate or even standing up in a glass! Those are just some of my ideas, but I can’t wait to see what you come up with! You can find all my holiday place card cutters in my shop.
I wanted to share this cookie platter with you on Thanksgiving day, but I got pretty busy so I will have to settle for Thanksgiving weekend! I had made these Turkey Cookies a few weeks ago and I loved them. Then I got an order for 2 cookie platters, one for 50 cookies and another for 35 cookies. The turkey cookies were cute, but since they are made up of 2 cookies, they are much more work. I thought this platter inspired by one of my favorite cookiers, Sweet Sugarbelle, would be the perfect sweet treat for the holiday.
I designed a feather cookie set to make three sizes of feather cookies. I baked lots of feather cookies using my favorite recipe (with the baking powder reduced to 1 1/2 tsp.) I decorated the feathers using 3 different colors. The most feather cookies were made brown by mixing royal icing with Americolor gel paste in chocolate brown and a bit of super black. To make the burnt orange color I used orange gel with a touch of warm or chocolate brown. And the ivory feathers were made by adding just a drop of ivory gel color to the royal icing.
The other turkey cookies I designed were cute but they were not so cartoonish. I really like how these instagrammed turkeys have giant heads and tiny bodies! The faces were inspired by the Bearfoot Baker, although I did not make royal icing transfers. Instead I piped everything directly on the cookies. For the cener of the eyes I used the dark chocolate brown that I already had on hand. You can purchase the cutter set I designed to make your own platter here!