Turkey Cookies

The weather has finally changed here. It’s rainy and cold (Arizona cold, not New York cold) and time for sweaters…yippee! I know I said I’d almost never mention the weather, but I am going somewhere with this. My favorite colder weather activity is baking. Even if it means I end up eating all the cookies myself because Mike’s sweet tooth is on hiatus.

I’ve been putting together my Thanksgiving menu so that I can try to get some good deals on the ingredients I need. I love having things planned out and making lists. Love. They help me feel organized and sane in a house overrun by boys. I was having a great time making my Meal Ideas list and Ingredients list when my friend Liz post on FB that she was making Peanut Butter Cookies. I got jealous.

To my supreme delight, one of my absolutely favorite bloggers, Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, posted Muddy Buddy Cookie Dough Truffles the next day. I swear she’s psychic. Peanut butter cookie dough covered with chocolate and powdered sugar. Winner winner chicken dinner! If you’ve not read Kristan’s blog before…I highly encourage you to click on over. She makes awesome treats, super creative cupcakes, she sparklers and is wicked funny. Everyday I click on over for the post and stay for the laugh.

I’ve been holding off making cookies so that Thing 1 and I can make turkey sugar cookies. But after the other night, I have the bug. I ate used all the candy corn I bought for the Halloween party in the candy corn cookies. Now I’m down an ingredient and candy corn is scarce since Halloween is over. I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to pin Thing 1 or Thing 2 down long enough to trace their hands to make shaped cookies. So when I saw this version of turkey cookies I was sold. Here’s to hoping Thing 1 and I don’t eat the entire bag of candy corn before we start decorating the cookies.

Turkey Cookies | White Lights on Wednesday

Turkey Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Author Julie Espy


  • Refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • Green Sixlets or mini M&Ms
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Brown food coloring gel
  • Orange food coloring gel


  1. Cut sugar cookie dough into circles, or roll into golf ball size balls, and bake according to package directions. Cool completely before decorating.
  2. Split vanilla frosting into 2 bowls. Tint one bowl black and the other orange. Put frosting into its own piping bag and set aside.
  3. Pick out whole candy corn pieces for your turkey tail. Pipe brown frosting around the outer edge of half a cookie. Arrange candy corn over frosting for feathers.
  4. Pipe orange frosting onto each cookie to make a beak and feet. Use orange icing to attach baking pieces onto cookie for eyes. Pipe brown frosting onto green candies for eye centers.

Recipe Notes

If you get little peaks on the frosting for the eyes gently push the peaks down with your finger.



  1. says

    These are super cute!! Jules, I wish we lived closer…lots of recipe maing, party planning, and kid time with someone I like who likes that stuff! 🙂

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