Handprint Turkey Cookies

I'm pretty much in love with these!
How perfect are they as a "place card" at the kids' table?
Yep, I'm sealing the deal.  These are a must!
place setting

There's just something about handprint turkeys that are irresistibly darling.
They always have character.  Some have ginormous gobblers, some have feathers that look like porcupine quills and still- they are cute enough to put in a frame and cry over!

Here's the how to:

Step 1-Have your child trace their hand on cardstock.  If you have different sized hands in your house, it's fun to make different sizes.
Step 2- Cut them out.  Are you glad that you still don't need a turkey cookie cutter?
Step 3- Roll out your sugar cookie dough, place the guide on top and cut it out with a knife.
Step 4- Carefully transfer to baking sheet.  I love the sil-pat non-stick pan liners.  It makes them so easy to remove.  If there are any rough edges, just pat them down.
Step 5- Bake, let cool, then carefully transfer.  Try not to have any finger casualties.  Also, make royal icing.  Here is my royal icing recipe.
Step 6-  I couldn't decide if I wanted them outlined in brown or black, so I tried both.  The icing for the outline, feet, gobbler and name should be thicker than the fill icing.
Step 7-  Fill with the thinner frosting.  Just add a touch more water to the thick stuff you made.
Step 8- Pop the bubbles with a toothpick right away when it's still really wet.
Step 9- Now make some feet and gobblers (I don't know what those things are called) on a piece of parchment.  After they are dry (several hours) they will come right off.
Step 10-  After your fill frosting has set up a tiny bit, add feathers.  I didn't want them to fall in and get swallowed up, but you don't want it to be so dry that it cracks when you push these on.  I found these cute chocolate covered sunflower seeds at my cake decorating store.  You could use frosting or other candies too.
sunflower seeds
Step 11- Write the name, add an eye and glue your dried gobbler on with a dot of frosting.
Step 12- With dots of frosting, put the legs on last.  I learned the hard way they they are fragile and if you try to do other decorating after you put them on, your hand might break them.

So that concludes our 12 step program!  Ha!

handprint cookies

I just put another batch of dough in the fridge to chill.  I could just bake and decorate all day if I could ignore my responsibilities.  I think I need a 12 step program for getting myself to fold the laundry.

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  1. You are good and these are adorable. Unfortunately, I lack any talent in the cutting dough/frosting department :) - think I'll try these on paper though - such a cute idea :)

  2. Laundry 12 step program? Yep, I need one too. The cookies are fabulous.

  3. That is the cutest place-card I have ever seen! I'll be sitting next to you at the 12 step program. Laundry is so boring when there are cookies to be baked!

  4. Those are too cute! I love the turkey cookies you made the other day too. You are so talented!

  5. Simply amazing... yet again. My mom and I are going to try out some cookies today! (Unless that baby FINALLY comes!)

  6. Well great, now I don't know which of your turkey cookies I think is cuter!! I love these! Great job! (liking up tomorrow!)

  7. Your handprint cookies are so darn cute! I've seen those candy coated sunflower seeds in the store and your cookies are the perfect use for them. Also, thanks for sharing your frosting recipe. I'm looking forward to trying it.

  8. Cute cute cute. Trader Joe's also has fall colored chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Yum.

  9. I love the cookies! I shared it on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Handprint-Footprint-Art/109416409119123?v=app_4949752878

    What a cute-looking blog you have :)

  10. Your cookies are adorable! And the chocolate covered sunflower seeds are a perfect touch!

  11. I'm pretty much in love with these too!! :) In fact, I just added these to my list of terrific turkey ideas here:

    Totally awesome!! I'm your newest follower!

  12. Dang those se so cute and personal too..wish I would have known about these a few days ago and I would have made these with my church girls. Joni

  13. I just found your blog-and I love it. Quick question where do you find those bottles that you put your frosting in.

  14. How adorable! I don't think I have the patience to cut all of those out, but this is simply brilliant and your patience stuns me :)

  15. I love your cookies! I think they are my favorite turkey cookies out of all the ones that I've seen this season! Thanks for sharing!! Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless.

  16. These are SOOO adorable!!! I stumbled your post and added to my Tumblr blog. http://tidymom.tumblr.com/

  17. Very cute I am sure my granddies would love them.

  18. I finally hunted down some chocolate covered sunflower seeds, and I'm going to make these with my 2 year old son :) They will be really tiny cookies, but I think everyone will love them. Such a cute idea!

  19. Thank You so much for Sharing!!! Love them... but pretty sure mine would not come close to looking like yours. ADORABLE!!


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