Turkey Cookies

Turkey cookies are the cutest Thanksgiving dessert in town! Homemade cut out sugar cookies decorated with royal icing to look like Thanksgiving turkeys. A delicious Thanksgiving treat!

Fun and Festive Turkey Cookies - These sugar cookies are so darn cute! Get your royal icing out and start decorating with me!


First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! I made you some adorable turkey cookies to celebrate the holiday! The turkey cookies are such a fun and festive Thanksgiving dessert, and they're tasty, too!

There's so much to be thankful for. Baking is my addiction and I'm so thrilled that I can share all my creations with you! Sometimes, my readers even send really lovely e-mails and comments. That makes my head swell, just so you know.

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I've been playing with more decorating tools, as you may have been able to notice.

My Bakers Box sent me October's box and I'm finally putting it to use. They sent a flower cookie cutter and fall leaf sugar decorations. There were other fun little things, but these two caught my eye. I knew almost immediately what I was going to do. Sometimes, it's just finding the time.

Disclosure: I was sent the My Bakers Box to create ideas and tips with. I was not compensated in any other way.

adorable Turkey Cookies - cut out cookies decorated to look like turkeysBefore I forget, I want to to let you know if you want to sign up for the subscription box, use the code "COOKIEDOUGH" to get $5.00 off your first box. It would be the perfect gift for the baker in your life, too. I can't wait to tear into my box every month. I know it's always going to be baking themed anddddd it's always a nice surprise to see what they've packed for me.

How to Make Turkey Cookies

You'll need a few cookie decorating tools to make your turkey cookies:

  • flower cookie cutter
  • meringue powder
  • decorating gel in yellow, orange, red, and brown
  • disposable icing bags and round tips

You'll also need to have a batch of sugar cookies. If you don't want to bake sugar cookies from scratch, you can use refrigerated sugar cookie dough.

Thanksgiving cookies designed as adorable turkeys.

Turkey Cookies

Adorable turkey cookies make a great Thanksgiving dessert
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 7 cookies
Calories 244 kcal


Royal Icing

  • 2 T meringue powder
  • 3 T water
  • ½ teaspoon corn syrup
  • 3 T orange juice
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • gel paste colors yellow, orange, red and brown


  • Prepare sugar cookies and use this round fluted cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Bake according to directions. Let cool completely and start on royal icing.

Royal Icing

  • In a mixing bowl, add in the meringue and water. Whisk together for 1 minute until the mixture becomes frothy.
  • Add in the corn syrup, orange juice and vanilla. Whisk to incorporate.
  • Add in the powdered sugar and whisk until it becomes a thick icing. Pull up and pour some of the icing back into the bowl. The perfect flooding icing will take about 14 - 16 seconds to completely smooth out. If it is much quicker, add more powdered sugar. I would start with ¼ cup and go from there. If it's too thick, add another tablespoon of orange juice or water and test again.
  • Add ¼ cup of the royal icing to a small bowl. Add in a drop or two of yellow and stir until combined.
  • Pour into a disposable piping bag with a small round tip.
  • Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the colors orange, red and brown.
  • Using a ruler and food color markers, draw the lines on each indentation for the feathers.
  • Start with the yellow color, fill in every seventh feather with the same color. Let it crust for 10 minutes to prevent colors from bleeding together.
  • Repeat with the orange, red, and brown.
  • On a piece of wx paper, pipe the turkey heads. Start with a nice big circle and then pipe a skinny neck. Finish the neck with a small dot.
  • Set aside and let dry for about 2 hours.
  • Pipe a dot of yellow icing. Using a toothpick, stretch out the dot a little and make a point for the beak. Let it dry for about 15 minutes.
  • Add a little red from the top center of the beak to the side of the beak.
  • Add the white dots with the left over royal icing. Let the cookies and turkey heads dry overnight.
  • Using leftover royal icing, add a dot in the center of the turkey head. Place the center of the dried cookie.
  • Add a dot of royal icing to the fall leaf sugar decorations and place at the base of the neck.
  • Let dry.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 61gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 14mgSugar: 60gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 3.6mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

sugar cookies cut out and decorated to look like turkeys - Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

I hope you enjoy your family and delicious food this Thanksgiving! I'll be missing my parents and mother/daughter time this year, but will still have great company with my husband and son.

Let me know what amazing food you're making or made!


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