It’s fun to celebrate Christmas by decorating cookies with your kids, but have you ever tried it at Thanksgiving?

Every year, my kids beg to decorate sugar cookies that look like turkeys at Thanksgiving. It’s become a tradition in our household, and probably more anticipated than the cookies we decorate at Christmas.

They’re simple to make, too.



Here’s what you’ll need:

1 package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough

1 can of chocolate icing

candy corn

mini m&ms

1 sandwich-sized Ziploc bag


To make the cookies:

Follow the instructions on the sugar cookie package.  Once the cookies have cooled, you can start decorating.

Spoon a couple of heaping tablespoons of chocolate icing into a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag. Clip a tiny corner of the Ziploc  to create a simple icing piping bag.

Create a curved line on the top of the cookie by squeezing the tip of the chocolate icing bag.


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Then, stick the candy corn onto the icing to create the feathers.


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Next, pipe two small dots of chocolate icing to make the turkey’s eyes. Put two mini m&ms on top of the chocolate dots to make the eyes.

Finally, make a beak and the turkey’s legs with the icing bag.

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You can decorate them the day before Thanksgiving to display on your dessert table or you can set out the ingredients at the kids’ table on Thanksgiving Day to let kids decorate them after dinner.

Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving.

Julie Davis
Julie Davis has an eye for design and a way with words that landed her in the world of social media + blogging. She freelances as a social media specialist, but in her spare time, she likes to take family bike rides, listen to live music, throw parties, and sneak away with her husband for dinner out. She blogs occasionally at On Neutral Ground Follow her on Twitter at @onneutralgrnd .
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