You know the classic Thanksgiving Vs. Christmas feud that hits social media this time of year? You know, the one where Christmas gurus are starting to pull out Christmas decorations, and the other side that says waiiitttt, give Thanksgiving a chance! I lean toward the Christmas guru side, how about you? There’s just something so magical about this time of year and most of that magic falls around Christmas decor and events. Have you ever heard Thanksgiving carols? Yea, me either. So I tend to get a little wrapped up in the fresh Christmas excitement, so much so that my Thanksgiving section here on the new site was totally empty! So I felt the need to join team Turkey this year and focus a little more on Thanksgiving, and being thankful! I thought we’d kick things off with some easy Turkey Cookies.
These turkeys were gobbled up days ago, and I’m still wishing I had a few around. They were too much fun to make. There are three different Turkey cookie designs, mama turkey, daddy turkey, and the little turkey. Do you recognize any of the shapes I used? Daddy turkey and little turkey were both easter basket cookie cutters, the mama turkey was made from a potted cactus cutter which could also double as a basket with a bow. The exact cutters are linked below but I’m confident this design could be tweaked to fit just about any easter basket cookie cutter.
You’ll find the step by step tutorial for these turkey cookies below. But to make these turkey cookies even easier here area few projector/printable templates! Just click and save.
HOW TO MAKE TURKEY COOKIES FROM AN EASTER BASKET CUTTER
NEW TO COOKIES? BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THESE POSTS FOR THE BASICS:
ROLLED COOKIES 101 + ROYAL ICING 101
- orange outline icing + orange flood icing
- mint green outline icing + green flood icing
- yellow outline icing + yellow flood icing
- royal blue outline icing + yellow flood icing
- light blue outline icing + light blue flood icing
- light brown outline icing + light brown flood icing
- brown outline icing + brown flood icing
- pink flood icing
- black sugar pearls
- orange – AmeriColor Terra Cotta + AmeriColor Egg Yellow
- mint green – AmeriColor Turquoise + AmeriColor Electric Green
- yellow – AmeriColor Egg Yellow
- light blue – AmeriColor Royal Blue
- royal Blue – AmeriColor Royal Blue blue –
- light brown -extra yellow + orange icing from above + AmeriColor Warm Brown
- brown – Wilton Brown
- pink – AmeriColor Deep Pink + AmeriColor Ivory
FIRST WE WILL START WITH THE DADDY TURKEY COOKIES.
Step 1: Use templates to outline the beak and hair with an edible marker.
Step 2: With light brown icing, outline and flood the main parts of the Turkey’s face. While the icing is still wet pipe pink dots on for the cheeks and drop sugar pearls just over the pink cheeks. You can wait and simply pipe the eyes on after this part has dried as well. Place cookies in front of a fan to dry immediately until the white has crusted over. Without this step, you may risk the black pearl bleeding into the icing.
Step 3: Outline and fill the beak and the hair. Since the brown is already outlining most of these shapes, you will only need to outline the top of the hair and the sides of the beak. Let crust over really well before moving on to the details.
Step 4: For the details, I like to switch my tips to #1 or #1.5 tips, #2 would work if that’s all you have. That’s up to you! Starting with the brown outline icing add details to the hair and eyebrows. Next, use the yellow outline icing to add nostrils and a smile. Add a little snood with red outline + flood icing then finish up with a bow! After the base of th bow has crusted over a bit you can then add little lines for details and sprinkles of course!
As you can see the mama turkey is the exact same steps with 2 small exceptions. Instead of a bow tie, I added a little necklace here with simple dots of icing. I also added little eye lashed with brown outline icing to the finished mama turkey cookies. I accidentally left that part out in the step by step photo but you can see her cute little lashed in the finished photos above.
This little guy is also the same exact process. For him I used the bow spot on the cutter design to add feathers and a headband instead. The mama turkey shape could also have feathers at the top. So if you have an EAster Basket cutter with a bow on top, it could easily be ade into feathers.
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