Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turkey Hands

Has this conversation ever happened to anyone else?

Friend -- "Hello my dearest friend in the entire world, would you like to come over to my house for Thanksgiving dinner? I'll cook amazing wonderful food and I will fill my house with people that love and adore you. And there will be gifts."

Me-- "Yes!"

Supposed Friend -- "Great! Come over at THREE -- IN THE AFTERNOON."

It sounds great on the surface. They draw you in with promises of love and food and gifts. (Probably I'm making up the gifts part.) But THEN... then they drop it on you. THREE O'CLOCK. IN THE AFTERNOON. What are you supposed to do? Do you eat lunch? I mean, we're talking Thanksgiving dinner here. You are supposed to be hungry. So that you can eat a lot. But what if you don't eat lunch, and then you get there and they expect you to just mingle for two hours?! I don't know about you all, but I'm not a nice person when I'm starving. I don't want to "mingle." I don't want to "talk" and "enjoy myself." I want to figure out a way to distract the hostess long enough so that I can snatch some of that delicious smelling food coming from that room of temptation she is calling a "kitchen." Either that, or I'm going to start gnawing on the sofa.

I'm not saying that you can't invite people over for Thanksgiving dinner and offer them gifts. By all means -- go ahead and put my name on that guest list if you like. And I'm not saying you can't ask them to come at 3pm. Just, for the sake of their sanity and your sofa, be clear about the time you will actually be eating. ESPECIALLY if there are children involved.

Or you could just make these cookies with those children. And then let them eat them. Before dinner. It's a holiday. Dessert before dinner is totally cool on holidays, right?

Start out by tracing the child's hand. On paper. And then cut it out and use it as a template to cut out your cookies. Just to be on the safe side here, I'm going to mention that skipping a step and trying to cut out the cookie around the child's actual hand is NOT okay.

Flood the cookie with white icing and let it dry for a really long time. (4-8 hours)

While you are waiting, make some eyeballs and some beaks and gobblers. (Yes, I am well aware that the red turkey thing is called a "wattle," but if "true dat" is an acceptable phrase, then I can call it a gobbler if I want to.) 

Help your child wash their hands really well. Maybe wash them twice, just to be sure.

Spread some colored icing on their cute little hands. I used thick icing for this, so it didn't run off his fingers before he could get it on the cookie. I would say, if it is thick enough to hold a peak, that's about where you want it.

Oh, and PS -- this is the point where he said to me, "You said this might be a little weirdy. And you were right. This is super weirdy, Mom."

Help them press down ever so gently on top of the cookie. Hold the cookie down while they lift their hand up.

Drop an eyeball and a beak and gobbler onto the wet icing and call it a day.

OR...you could let it all dry for an hour or so and pipe some names on....and THEN call it a day.

26 comments:

Giselle said...

Awwww what a cute idea to do with the kids. Love them!

the plaid cookie said...

However did you come up with this idea??? It's TERRIFIC!!! I wish I'd seen it before the weekend when my grandson was here...he woulda loved doing this. Come to think of it,...me too!!! Love it.

Susie said...

You are soooo clever, very cute! We eat and drink from sun up to sun down on Thanksgiving....hope you have a great one!

Lene said...

The thought crossed my mind on doing something like this but I had no idea how to execute the idea. You are a BRILLIANT woman!!

Stephanie said...

These are perfect for kids! Love it!

sue said...

I love this idea!

Anita said...

Georganne, the cookies are adorable but seriously, Lucy and Nigel...are those like the best kids names or what?!? I'm guessing there's a bit of Britain in someone's blood line :)

msmelc said...

What kind of cookie is that? Is it your Chocolate? Kinda looks like gingerbread... Such a CUTE idea!!!

CookieD-oh said...

Those are adorable! And for the record, I let my kids eat whatever they want on holidays. I'm a rebel that way ;-)

Paula said...

Most kids love getting *stuff* all over their hands and would certainly enjoy making and eating these cookies. They are so cute. Kids also love seeing their name on things, but then again so do adults! Love your turkey eyes and the tiny beaks and gobblers.

Cathey said...

And then they get to lick the icing off of their hands.

Cristin (Pinkie) said...

Super adorable idea!

Cookielady said...

Totally cute! I'm glad you know it's called a wattle. A number of card crafters have done videos and did not know what the "red thingy" is called on a turkey. "A" for you for bring smart and talented!

Glora said...

These are SUPER cool!!! I loved making these in paper as a kid, how cool would it be to be able to eat it?!!!! Hugs- Glora

The Cookie Cutter said...

Love this idea! You are so creative!!

The Partiologist said...

What a fun idea - kids would have so much fun doing this!

Lorraine said...

I love this idea. We did this last year too - but instead of doing the imprint I let them just decorate it! Those look great!

Michelle said...

OMG! This is soo brilliant! I love this post, not only for the humor in your writing but also for this great idea! You are amazing!

lacasitadeazucar said...

¡QuĂ© cosa tan original y divertida! Me ha encantado

Karen - Trilogy Edibles said...

that's awesome, love this idea!

Sherrene (The Sugar Tree) said...

You know, I never really thought about it, but you're right! We eat at totally normal times the rest of the year, but on holidays we eat at all weirdy times. Why do we do that?
LOVE the turkey hands! Finger paint you can eat :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of this post was reading it in a British accent after reading those British names. Nigel..lol!! Love. I'm obsessed with English accents.

Sue said...

I love this technique. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! These are such cute hand turkey cookies.
Hope you don't starve before Thanksgiving dinner:)

Shanna said...

LOVE THIS!!! Gonna do it with my grandson next week - you are a GENIUS!

Elizabeth said...

So so so cute!! My kiddos would love this!

amalia said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way about 3:00 holiday times!!! I don't like to eat at 3:00...and when there are kids involved....oh my...it's a definite no, no!!! I LOVE the hand print idea....sooo darling! Thanks for the chuckles. Love reading your blog!

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