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These fun and festive Thanksgiving Turkey cookies are so much fun to make and they really do put a smile on everyone’s face that sees them.

This photo is from the first year of blogging, and it really doesn’t do these cookies justice, but you kind of get the idea. Be sure to check out our other Thanksgiving dessert ideas.

Thanksgiving cookie recipe

These are just so much fun to make. I have a few tips below on how to make this fun Thanksgiving Dessert idea.

Thanksgiving desserts -Easy Thanksgiving Turkey cookies

Hello!So it is already a week before Thanksgiving.  I am in the process of my tasks that I mentioned in my countdown post.  Today I want to share with you an easy cookie tutorial for Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies.


These are made with pre-made sugar cookie dough to save time, but no one has to know. Of course, you can make these with a from-scratch sugar cookie recipe as well. But this time of year, I am always looking for time-saving shortcuts.

Easy Dessert – Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

I also used these cute little eyeballs and some candy corn (which is on clearance right now).


I rolled the dough out and used a scalloped round cookie cutter to form the cookies.



I baked the cookies as directed.  Once cooled I used tinted buttercream frosting to make swirly circles on the cookies.


1/4 cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons milk

3 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter with an electric mixer on low speed.  Add sugar and milk slowly, by alternating.  Whip on medium-high speed until desired consistency is reached.  Separate into three bowls and use food coloring for brown, yellow and orange icing.

Use a decorating bag cut at the end to decorate your cookies by piping wriggly lines starting from the center.

Add two candy eyes and candy corn for the mouth.

Honestly, making the icing takes longer than coring the icing and putting it into a piping bag.


















After completing the larger circles I made a round circle in the middle of the cookie.
















Then I added a candy corn for the nose and these cute little eyeballs.

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey cookies














And there you have it!  These would be cute as little parting favors or dessert at Thanksgiving.














Tips for Turkey Cookies

If you can, make the colored icing ahead of time and fill it into piping bags. Then store in the refrigerator and take them out about 20 -30 minutes before you plan to decorate.

I recommend this writing piping tip set to keep on hand.

Buy these little candy eyeballs in bulk. They are great to use year-round and are so much cheaper.



Fun Turkey cookies



Honestly, thee turkeys are a fun way to make some smiles at Thanksgiving. Please help us out by sharing the idea.



For an easy Thanksgiving dessert idea - these Thanksgiving Turkey cookies are made from a refrigerated dough! Super easy!

I think these will be cute on the dessert table.  What dessert do you like to eat on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving cookies

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