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Thanksgiving Place Card Cookies

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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.

Thanksgiving Cutter Imprint | Lil Miss Cakes

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.

Thanksgiving Cookie Platter

Turkey Cookie Platter

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.

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie Platter | Lil Miss Cakes

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.

Scared Turkeys | Lil Miss Cakes

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!

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Thanksgiving Turkey Sugar Cookies | Lil Miss Cakes

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.

Turkey Royal Icing Cookies

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!

Adding royal icing feathered wings

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.

Turkey Cookies Coming Along

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.

2 part turkey cookie

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.

Stacked Turkey Cookies

Gobble gobble.

Thanksgiving Birthday Party

Pilgrim Elmo Birthday Cake


This holiday season is pretty special.  With Thanksgiving and Chanukah falling on the same day, there are a lot of joint holiday parties.  Henry’s second birthday is being celebrated on Thanksgiving, so his mom really wanted his birthday cake and other desserts to match the holiday decor.  She asked me to make a really cute Elmo cake with a twist.  Elmo is a pilgrim!

Pilgrim Elmo Cookies

Here are the matching sugar cookies.  Elmo has never looked more festive!  The other cookies I was asked to make fit perfectly into the fall themed holiday as well.  These fall leaf cookies came out even better than I expected!

Fall Themed Leaf Cookies

Happy second birthday Henry, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Stuffing Cookies {Recipe}

Thanksgiving Stuffing Cookies

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, it only made sense to have a Thanksgiving themed recipe link-up party.  The theme that was chosen was stuffing.  Some people call it dressing, others call it stuffing; I call it a savory side dish!  But since I have a dessert blog going on over here, I really wasn’t sure how to translate stuffing into a dessert…until I was watching the Today Show.  Hoda and Kathie Lee are always up for trying any new products and they happened to be sampling stuffing cookies made by the Downtown Cookie Co.

Dried Cranberry Stuffing Cookies

Why didn’t I come up with this earth shattering idea myself?  Oh, because it’s so crazy?!  Or is it evil genius?  Either way, I was super eager to try them out for myself.  I started to do some research.  Downtown Cookie Co. uses actual stuffing mix in their cookies!  But since the stuffing mix they use isn’t kosher, I thought my dreams of stuffing cookies were over.  Then I found that the Arnold Bread Company has a line of kosher pareve stuffing mixes.  Okay, I’m back in business!  I bought a bag of seasoned stuffing and I didn’t really know what to do next.  I was dreaming about ways I was going to replicate a cookie I haven’t even sampled!  Luckily, they were nice enough to share their recipe with Alison Sickelka from the Cooking Channel blog and I was able to adapt it into a kosher, non-dairy version.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Cookies Stacked

As the cookies were baking, they smelled exactly like Thanksgiving stuffing.  I thought it was so cool and so weird all at the same time.  Once the first batch came out of the oven, I let them cool and then I had my first bite.  They tasted like stuffing!  So I called my mom.  I said: my stuffing cookies taste like stuffing!  She asked: is that good or bad?  I had to laugh.

Charlie snacking on a stuffing cookie

These cookies are moist and sweet.  They have hints of cinnamon and herbs and a nice bite of cranberry.  They are a fun dessert to serve for your Thanksgiving meal.  You can definitely order some from Downtown Cookie Co. or if you are feeling adventurous, try to make them at home!  Here is my version of the recipe adapted from Downtown Cookie Co.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Cookies
Serves: About 3 dozen
  • ½ cup margarine
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2½ cups seasoned stuffing mix (crushed)* I used Arnold Brand
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer beat the margarine and shortening with the sugars until combined.
  4. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. *If using cubed stuffing, make sure to crush it a little before measuring.
  6. Add the stuffing, flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder to the mixer and beat on low speed until the batter comes together.
  7. Stir in the dried cranberries.
  8. Using a large cookie scoop (I use a 1½ Tbs. scoop) drop the cookie batter onto the parchment lined cookie sheets.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  10. Allow to cool before enjoying!

Here are a bunch of official Thanksgiving stuffing recipes to try! Happy Turkey Day!