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.
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!
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!
Happy second birthday Henry, and Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
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.
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.
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.