Friday, November 20, 2009

Turkey Cookies

*Update 2011: You can now find the recipe for these cookies here on my blog.*

No need for leftover turkey here. These cookies aren’t made with turkey. They look like turkeys. That’s why they’re called “Turkey Cookies.”
Turkey cookies are a family tradition at Thanksgiving time. My grandma made them, my mom still makes them, and I make them. My mom searched many antique stores to find the exact turkey cookie cutter she has. She found 3…one for me, one for my sister, and one for my sister-in-law. Now we can all make our own turkey cookies.

And I’ll let you in on the family recipe. Okay, maybe not the recipe…but the easy trick to make turkey cookies.

Make yourself a batch of molasses or gingerbread dough that you can cut cookies out of. Even easier….get yourself some refrigerated cookie dough from the store. If you can’t find gingerbread dough, get yourself a Betty Crocker sugar cookie packet and perform a little magic to it:
· To 1 package sugar cookie mix add 1/3 cup melted butter and 1 egg. Mix.
· In a small bowl mix 2 tbsp flour, ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and 1/8 tsp cloves.
· Add dry mixture to sugar cookie mixture and mix. Add in 1 ½ tbsp dark molasses and 1 ½ tbsp honey. Mix.
· Roll out on floured surface and cutout cookies.

Cut out the cookies with a turkey shaped cookie cutter and put on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake the cookies in a 350-degree oven for half of the cooking time. (5 minutes for me).

Take the cookies out of the oven and put candy corns on the tail feathers. I use 5 candies.

Bake the cookies for another 5 minutes and take out of the oven. If the candy corns are still hard, put back in for another minute.

Squish the candy corns with the back of a fork to give it a “feathered” appearance. You may need to spray the fork with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick.

Let the cookies cool and frost with a powdered sugar glaze. Mix a tiny bit of hot water and a good amount of powdered sugar until you get a slightly thick white glaze.

If you’ve got leftover candy corns and broken bits, be sure to make my dad’s favorite kind of turkey cookie…."Candy Corns All Over Turkey Cookie". One of my favorites too!

Yum! Any cookie traditions in your family? Enjoy!

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