Simple Turkey Cookies

Hello everyone! I hope you are ready for turkey #3 because here it is and it’s ready for a party.  These simple turkey cookies are made from a birthday hat cookie cutter and are really easy to make. I know they don’t excited or they don’t look ready for a party because they just found out it is November.

Simple Turkey Cookies - Thanksgiving Cookies are Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing www.thebearfootbaker.comWe all know what happens to turkeys in November. Yikes! Poor guys. Well, we have the party hats so let’s get this party started.

Supplies for Simple Turkey Cookies:

Birthday Hat Cookie Cutter
Food Safe Marker
15 Second Icing in the following colors:

  • Brown Icing
  • Orange Icing
  • Red Icing
  • Green Icing
  • Yellow Icing

Small, Medium or Large Royal Icing Eyes (click here for the templates)
Sugar Cookie Recipe
Royal Icing Recipe

If you are new to cookie decorating and would like more information on how to outline and flood cookies you might want to take a look at this tutorial.

Simple Turkey Cookies - Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing with www.thebearfootbaker.comA birthday hat cookie cutter with a pom pom on top works best for this design but if you don’t have one, just trim the top of the dough off of any birthday hat cutter and replace it with a flower cookie before you bake the cookie. The flower will work great for the turkey tails.

Begin by drawing a circle on the hat with a food safe marker.How to Make Simple Turkey Cookies with a Birthday Hat Cookie Cutter | The Bearfoot BakerBy the way, if you don’t have a birthday hat cookie cutter like this one, don’t worry. You can use almost any birthday hat cookie cutter with a flower cutter to make your own. You can even use a dress cookie cutter. Start looking at your cutters to see what you already have that you can use.

Simple Turkey Cookies | The Bearfoot BakerAll you have to do is cut out your hat shape then cut the top off with a flower cookie cutter. Then cut out a flower out of the cookie dough and place it on the hat.

Simple Turkey Cookies - Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing by thebearfootbaker.comAfter you draw the circle with the food safe marker, outline and flood it with the brown icing. You can make the edges of the circle smooth or you can make a zig zag circle for a more interesting turkey. I like the saying, “Ruffle your feathers” so I like to make my turkeys look like they have ruffled feathers so I chose the zig zag lines.
Let the icing dry for about an hour unless you live in an area with high humidity which will require a longer drying time.

Simple Turkey Cookies - Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing via thebearfootbaker.comNext, pipe the turkeys red and yellow tail feathers.
Then, pipe a circle for the face and make a few wild feathers on top.
While the icing is wet add the royal icing eyes. For this turkey, I used one large eye and one small eye.
Next, pipe the feet and legs with the orange icing.
Let the cookie for several hours.

Simple Turkey Cookies - Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing via www.thebearfootbaker.comOnce the icing has dried for a little while, pipe the orange and green tail feathers on this simple turkey cookie.
Then, pipe the beak with the orange icing.

Simple Turkey Cookies - Thanksgiving Cookies are Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing www.thebearfootbaker.comThen, pipe the snoods with the red icing and let the cookie dry overnight.

I like to challenge myself sometimes and do projects like this “10 days. 10 turkeys. 10 different cutters” because it forces me to look at my cookie cutters with a creative eye. Before I started this project, I only saw a birthday hat when I looked at the birthday hat cookie cutter. Now I can see a turkey.

I want to give you some homework this week. Pick a shape such as a turkey and look through your cookie cutters. Find three unique shaped cookie cutter that you can use to make unique turkey cookie. You don’t actually have to make the cookies. Just look to see what shapes you can find to make three different turkey cookies. It is good practice to learn how to get creative with cookie cutters.

More Turkey treats:
Turkey #1
Turkey #2
Turkey #4
Turkey #5
Turkey #6
Turkey #7
Turkey #8
Turkey #9
Turkey made with an Acorn Cookie Cutter
Cute Thanksgiving Cake

Bear hugs,

Lisa