Gobble Gobble Gobble!
These are my newest “favorite” cookie. Truly, I couldn’t be more happy with how these gobbler dudes turned out! I’m absolutely in love with them, and they are some of the easiest cookies to make, too!
To begin, you’ll need the following supplies:
I made these for our church’s annual “Turkey Bowl” to raise money for missions. I took liberty with the “two cookies per bag” rule, and I decided to make a ‘twofer’ in one turkey! I window-shopped my cookie cutter collection & came up with a seashell cutter and a #8 to make the perfect dimensional turkey. To make sure the idea would pan out, I used my boys’ crayons to first draw up a little sketch:
Now, in full disclosure, I’m gonna tell you a secret: I rarely mix icing colors from fresh white. There are so many cookie projects going on at all times that I take bits & pieces of colors that are similar to what I’m needing, and I just tweak from there – especially in the case of dark colors like a nice, medium brown.
For example, I used my leftover bits of baby pink, caramel, dark chocolate & medium brown icing to make the color I used to flood my turkey bodies. The medium brown is really what I was going for, but I only had about 2 teaspoons left of that shade, and I needed a lot more.
After mixing all of the above together, I had a beautiful, perfect true “medium brown” shade of icing. See?
In these cookies, I wanted a no-fuss approach, so I didn’t bother with piping an outline for the turkey bodies first. Instead, I just put the brown flood icing directly into a decorating bag & snipped the tip just a tiny bit. I flooded the #8 cookies nice & full, to make sure that the icing wouldn’t settle into the depressions for the centers of the 8 shape.
Once all the turkey bodies are flooded, set them aside to dry for a bit while you work on the feathers. I like to dry my cookies in front of a fan because it is SO HUMID here in southern East Texas. It makes quick work of the whole process, believe me.
Using the seashell shape, decide which little “hump” sections you want to be each color. I chose to start with the yellow, and I fitted my piping bag with a #65 leaf tip. The leaf tip is SO forgiving, and you really just can’t go wrong. (That’s why I love it so much for the feathers, heehee!)
Work through all of your feather colors in the same manner. I chose to leave the red for last because I used it for both the outer feathers & the center feathers. You get a rhythm going, and your cookies start to look like pretty little rainbows, almost…
By the time all of the feather cookies are complete, your little turkey body cookies will have developed a nice “crust” & be stable enough to add to them. See the pretty sheen the fan gives the icing while drying?
To build the turkey together, I used the leftover piping icing I had (in this case, green). I squirted a blob (yes, the technical term) on the back of each turkey body, making sure that it was plenty to help “glue” the two cookies together, yet not so much that it would squish out & be visible.
Gently apply the body cookie to the feather cookie. Give it a nice tap of pressure to adhere the icing, but again – don’t press too hard!
Next, it’s time to add the details. You can get away without adding the tiny turkey feet, but… why would you want to?! They are so darn adorable! I switched the leaf tip from my orange piping bag & gave it a #1 tip, and then I piped scrawny little legs from just beneath the turkey body cookie.
Lastly, add the face. I broke it down into features, in case that helps to see the process:
Let the cookies dry fully for another 4 hours or so (or overnight), and then they are ready to gobble!
And if you’re making 98 of these double-decker turkey cookies, this is what your dining room table might look like, ha!
If you decide to make these this year, please do let me know! I’d love to see your finished turkeys!
This is the first time I’ve ever made Sugar Skulls! For the past couple years, I’ve wanted to make some cookies to focus on Dia de Los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” festivities, and I finally got the chance!
I wanted to feature rich fall colors, so I chose a pumpkin orange, russet red, chocolate brown, and bold eggplant. Then I crossed my fingers & hoped they would look okay together…
I searched for images of of ‘Dios de Los Muertos,’ and I kept all of the ideas up near me on my laptop while I set to work. The ending result was a dozen cookies with a handful of unique designs as I pieced together bits from several sources. I love how they turned out!
It did surprise me that it took several minutes to decorate each skull (not counting the base layer of white flood first). I’m a very “by-the-book” person, and it was a mental exercise for me to be creative with each cookie’s details!
Therefore, I was really proud of the full set once I finished with them! I think they will always be very special cookies, reserved to just make a few of each year due to the time involved, but I’m definitely in love with Sugar Skulls now!
Although this is our second fall season since moving to Texas, this is the first one that we’ve had a chance to appreciate. Last year, I was buried under a 3000+ cookie order for the month of October, so it’s been really fun to have some time to play around with neat, easy cookie designs this year!
First up, Festive Caramel Apple Cookies!
I’ve seen caramel apple cookies before, but there was one little detail always missing… the “caramel” icing didn’t look gooey! I consider myself the #1 Caramel Apple Fan ever, and the BEST part is the ooey, gooey, drippy caramel! So… I devised a way to make the apple cookies look as closely as possible to the real thing.
I used this cutter for my apple-shaped cookies:
Since I was planning to add a popsicle stick to the finished cookies, I trimmed the leaf & stem from the cookie shape before baking. Once the cookies were baked & cooled, I iced them in a deep red color, and let that dry for a few hours before moving on to the next step.
To ice the “caramel” on the cookies, I prepared the overlap surface. I lined a baking sheet with waxed paper (parchment paper would work as well). I spaced the cookies a little further apart than usual, to allow for the icing to pool over the edges. Next, I flooded the cookies with the caramel-colored icing, making sure to really apply it to the edges of the cookie so it would spill over onto the waxed paper. (I wanted a few cookies to have festive sprinkles, so I added them at this point.) Then, without moving the cookies, I let the entire pan dry solidly overnight.
The next morning, I very carefully peeled the waxed paper from the back of each cookie (not the other way around!), and added the popsicle sticks to the back. Using a stiff piping icing in the colors I had on hand (I think mine was purple, but it doesn’t show, so don’t worry about matching!), I piped a stiff line of icing & firmly attached a stick 1/3-1/2 of the way down the top of the cookie. I let that dry for a few more hours, and that’s it! Easy Caramel Apple Cookie Pops!
For some other fun apple cookie ideas, check out these “Happy Apple Cookies” with a fun personality! I also made some cute apple minis a few years ago, along with some personalized apples for the boys’ teachers. They are ALWAYS well-received.
Next up, I made a few Classic Pumpkins to go with the Caramel Apple cookies, too.
To add dimension, I iced the sections of the pumpkin cookies in two stages: sections 2 & 4 first. After allowing 20-30 minutes for those first sections to crust a bit, I iced sections 1, 3 & 5. I waited another 10 minutes or so before using a bit of brown piping icing to add the stems.
Start to finish, I probably iced these pumpkins completely in just under 1 hour. They are pretty & so perfect for fall!
This isn’t a how-to, though I think these cookies are truly simple enough to create without one – I promise!
Spiderweb cookies aren’t new. They’re not even new to me, as I’ve done them a handful of times before. Truth be told, I don’t actually get to make very many Halloween cookies each year, as I’m usually buried in birthday cookies or other special occasions. As such, the spiderweb always makes me smile with it’s sweet simplicity.
Previously, I’ve only made spiderwebs on circle-shaped cookies (rounds). There are a bunch of spiderweb cookie cutters out there (Karen’s Cookies, Coppergifts, The Cookie Cutter Shop), but I don’t actually have one myself. I didn’t feel like hand-cutting, so I browsed through my cookie cutter racks to see what else would work well.
And I found the PERFECT cookie cutter: an 8-petal flower!
I began by piping the outside edge, and it was easy to eyeball the center of the “petal” to create an 8-pointed spiderweb shape. The best part is that the smooth, rounded edges meant I didn’t have to worry about fragile points breaking off while handling or packaging the cookies, either. Win!
In the past, once I had flooded the cookie & quickly piped circles inside for the “web,” I dragged a toothpick in a straight line from the center to the pointy edges. However, this time I wiggled the toothpick in a bit of a zig-zag line, and I prefer the more natural look doing so gave to the spiderwebs. And, of course, the cookies could’ve been complete at that point, but a cute scary little spider decoration adds a lot of fun! I think they are just darling! (Err… I mean TERRIFYING! *wink*)
And that’s it! Sweet, simple spiderweb cookies that are sure to bring more smiles than screams. I love it!
Every year, I bless my friends, “May the 4th be with you.” Every year. But last year, I went one further, and decided to do that with cookies for one of Jack’s special neighborhood friends who was celebrating a birthday.
*cue the Imperial March*
When it comes to Star Wars, my boys have had LOTS of toys over the years. However, one of the very easiest to replicate, I thought, were their special PEZ dispensers. Well, let’s just say that the cookies were made, and that the PEZ part was easy… but the rest? Not-so-much, haha!
I made a template for the handle of the PEZ dispenser itself. You can find the image HERE, and save it if you’d like. For the heads, though, I decided that I didn’t want to waste any time hand-cutting, so I used other shapes in my cookie cutter arsenal. Here’s a quick list:
- Santa head, right-side up = Chewbacca, Storm Trooper, Emperor Palpatine
- Santa head, upside-down = C-3PO, Darth Maul
- Bell = Darth Vader
- Tombstone = R-2D2
- Monster (in the center) = Yoda
- Skull & crossbones, trimmed = Anakin, Leia
- Oval = Luke, Han
- Heart = Queen Amidala (my fave!)