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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!