Family time is our favorite part of the Holiday Season and of course at Taste Buds Kitchen, we love to spend a lot of that time in the kitchen! It’s the perfect time to whip up a batch of our cute Turkey Sugar Cookies with your favorite budding chefs. Perfect for Thanksgiving and easy enough for your buddings chefs to decorate on their own, these cookies are sure to please. We like to start by making our favorite sugar cookie dough but if you are in a pinch, just pick up a batch of fresh cookies and from your local bakery and enjoy decorating to your hearts content.
Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!
Sugar Cookies & Icing Recipe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
Using an electric mixer or by hand, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla extract.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mixing until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Once combined, cover dough and chill for 30 minutes. TBK TIP: If you do not have 30 minutes to chill the dough, be sure to heavily flour your work surface as unchilled dough is much stickier.
On a floured surface, roll-out chilled dough to ⅛” - ¼" thick. Use floured cookie cutters in a variety of shapes and sizes to cut-out cookies. Place cookies on baking sheet and bake until lightly golden on the bottom, about 6-10 minutes, depending on the size of your cookie.
For the icing: In a medium bowl, stir together confectioners sugar, water, corn syrup and meringue powder until smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add water; if it is too thin, add more confectioners sugar.
Divide into separate bowls and add food coloring to create your desired colors. Scoop into piping bags to pipe. Icing will harden on cookies, it takes about 10 minutes to dry.
Decorate as desired, creating turkey designs and place candy corn for the feathers and sprinkles for the eyes. Enjoy!