Turkey Cookies

turkey cookies

 The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 cookies (serves 12)

These turkey cookies may be the most adorable Thanksgiving treat you’ve ever seen. There’s not a drop of actual turkey in them, but they just look like tiny versions of the festive bird. We’ve included a homemade sugar cookie recipe below, but you can easily use store-bought cookies and cut down on the time and labor it takes to make these little cuties.

Ingredients

  • For the Cookies:
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the Decoration:
  • 1/4 cup vanilla frosting
  • Orange food coloring
  • 12 peanut butter cups (miniature)
  • 80 candy corn pieces
  • 24 candy eyes
  • 1 roll Fruit by the Foot (or fruit leather, cut into small strips)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this recipe is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Cookies

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Beat the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl using a hand mixer) until creamy and well combined.

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract until fluffy. Mix in the milk.

    Turkey Cookies
    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  4. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. 

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Blend together until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated. 

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  6. Form the dough into golf-sized balls. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes or until just slightly browned. 

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  7. Remove them from the oven and flatten the tops with a drinking glass. Make sure to do this while the cookies are hot or else you will not be able to flatten them as easily. You need a flat surface in order to adhere the decorations properly.

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Decorate the Cookies

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  2. Stir the food coloring into the frosting until desired color is reached. Place the frosting in a plastic bag and snip off the corner to create a tiny hole. Try to make the hole as small as possible. 

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  3. Add a small amount of frosting to the back of the peanut butter cup. Place it on the center of the cookie. Repeat with all cookies. 

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  4. Squeeze a small amount of frosting onto the back of a candy corn. Adhere it above the peanut butter cup so that the white point is touching it. Repeat until you have five corns above the peanut butter cup and it looks like a fan of feathers. Repeat on remaining cookies. 

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  5. Cut the remaining candy corns apart. Set aside the orange pieces and cut them into beak shapes. Adhere the eyes and beak onto the peanut butter cup with more frosting.

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney
  6. Roll the strips of fruit candy to create the waddle. Simply place it on the cookie next to the beak; no frosting is necessary. Add tiny feet underneath he peanut butter cup using your frosting in a bag. Draw two lines straight down from the candy and then add little upside down vs to each line.  

    Turkey Cookies
     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Tip

  • You can make the cookies a few days ahead of time and store them in an airtight container until you are ready to decorate.