“Gobble Gobble” Thanksgiving Cookies!

Some of the TEACHERS at my kids’ school have been heckling me lately about not bringing them up some yummy sugar cookies.  So…I thought Thanksgiving cookies would be the perfect way to show how much we APPRECIATE our teachers!  They are all a bunch of turkeys anyway!

HOW I CREATED THESE TURKEYS:

I knew I didn’t want the “traditional” turkey cutter for these turkeys.  I did some looking online and found several IDEAS of how to create a turkey with a flower cookie cutter.  Perfect!  Once the cookies are baked and I start thinking of how to ice them, I always DRAW it out first on paper.

My drawing:  (no laughing) and it helps to trace your cookie cutter on paper too.

If you want to be PERFECT, you can cut out the head and trace on the cookie with a food marker.  I started out this way until I got the hang of it.  Food markers can be found at Hobby Lobby/Michaels.

The icing CRAZINESS:  needed lots of patience here!  Started to RETHINK why in the world I wanted to do colorful turkeys?!!  🙂

Outline the turkey head:  Scary drawing on such a big, blank cookie!

Immediately Flood the turkey head:  This helps hide the outline.  Use a toothpick to reach the edges.

Start adding colorful turkey feathers the same way.  Skip feathers so they have time to dry so the colors don’t bleed together.

Do all the feathers and don’t forget to add the cute little turkey legs!

Add white for the first part of the eyes and an orange beak.

Once the face dries, add black dots for the eyes and a red wattle (I just kinda winged it)…no turkey pun intended!

I knew from the very beginning of this project that my turkeys needed pilgrim hats!  I think details make the cookies more FUN!

Throw in some fall leaf cookies to go along with the turkeys and…….

VIOLA!!  You now have a cute, colorful plate of Thanksgiving cookies to give away or GOBBLE up all by yourself!  We tend to give half away while the kids and I gobble up the rest!  Today, I told the kids to be CAREFUL when opening their lunch bags today at SCHOOL because I put a turkey in there and it might JUMP out!  They got a kick out of that!

Happy Thanksgiving All!

Patriotic Election 2012 Cookies!!!

It is an EXCITING time of year when we get the opportunity to VOTE for the President of the United States of AMERICA!  We are having an “Election Chili Party” tonight and I knew exactly what kind of sugar cookies I wanted to make with it!

Here are some more pictures for you!

Happy Election Day to all Americans!!

I tried “Sweet Sugarbelle’s” sugar COOKIE DOUGH and it was great!  Best part, there is no need to refrigerate the dough for hours before rolling!  It is ready to go and if it sticks a little, you can pop it into the the fridge for a few minutes.  Very yummy!  Sugarbelle’s cookie recipe can be found HERE.

I always use POWDERED SUGAR to help with the non-sticking part instead of flour.  I have read it several places online and my cookies always turn out tasting great!

Cool Tip:  1/4 inch dowel rods help you roll out the dough evenly so it cooks evenly too.  Awesome!

Cut your desired shapes.  Refrigerate the dough for a few minutes if it gets sticky during any of the rolling process.

Made a batch of ROYAL ICING which is under my RECIPES tab.  Here, I have FOUR flooding bottles and TWO piping bottles for outlining ready to go!

Outlining the cookies!

Flooding the cookies!

The details will make your cookies all come together!