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Penguins & Igloos.

It’s incredible how fast the human body can acclimate, you know? After being stationed for 3 winters in Minot, North Dakota (and Alaska & Nebraska before that!), we should *NOT* be cold living in Houston, Texas. However, the 15 months we’ve had down here have somehow tricked my oh-so-sensitive skin into thinking that 40° is just as cold as the -5° we dealt with for months at a time. I felt ashamed when we turned on our furnace when it dropped into the 60’s, even!

We’re such wimps!

Meanwhile, with feeling so “cold” lately, I’ve had all kinds of wintry ideas for cookies, and I thought they would be a fun set to make in one of my beginners’ “Batch Basics” cookie classes. And I’m so glad – for these might be some of my most favorite cookies ever! ♥

Penguin & Igloo cookies.

Even better, neither cookie was hard to make, and I didn’t have to hand-cut any special shapes. Win! (ter.) 😉

Penguin & Igloo cookies.

Just look at his little feet! I’m so in love. ♥

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Turkey Cookies.

Gobble Gobble Gobble!

Turkey Cookies

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:

  • seashell and #8 baked cookies
  • brown flood icing
  • red, orange, yellow & green piping icing
  • tiny bit of white & black icing
  • #1 tips
  • #65 leaf tips

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:

Turkey concept sketch (with crayons!)

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.

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