Go Back
+ servings

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies recipe with homemade royal icing decorations. These turkey sugar cookies are coated with powdered sugar icing and decorated.
Course Dessert, Snack, snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword turkey cookies, Thanksgiving turkey cookie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 375kcal
Author Kristi


For the cookies

For the powdered sugar icing

For the Royal Icing


To make the cookies

  • Beat together the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and egg, until smooth and creamy. Mix in remaining ingredients using the paddle attachment of the mixer.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Roll dough in portions to about 1/8- 1/4 inch thickness and cut with a large circle cookie cutter (approximately 3 ½ inches in diameter).
  • Bake on a cookie sheet lined with a baking mat for approximately 7 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes then move the cookies to a cooling rack.

To Make the Powdered Sugar Icing

  • In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and melted butter. Stir well. 2. Then add milk, 1 tsp at a time until the frosting is of desired consistency to frost cookies.
  • Finally, color with brown gel food color, mixed to your desired color of turkey. (I use almond extract instead of the traditional vanilla for 2 reasons. First, I have found that the flavor is much better. Second, vanilla darkens my white icing, making it look brown and dirty. Since the almond extract is clear, I don’t have that problem. This was irrelevant for this project, but I still prefer the flavor of the almond extract)

For the Royal Icing

  • Beat meringue powder and water on high for approximately 1-2 minutes, until the mixture, is slightly thickened.
  • Add the sugar and lemon juice and mix until smooth. (You don’t want the icing to thin, so it will not run when you are creating your designs. Traditionally, Royal Icing is made with Egg Whites. However, I have small children and it is not recommended that children (or pregnant women for you that this applies to) eat uncooked or undercooked eggs. Therefore, I have provided this recipe instead. It worked beautifully and tasted great)
  • This makes for a good amount of icing. I divided the icing into separate bowls, one for each color I was going to be using and mixed in the gel food coloring of the colors I wanted. I then placed each color into a plastic squeeze bottle to allow for easy tracing of the decoration designs.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg