Stenciled Turkey Cookies

Stenciled turkey sugar cookies -- with a video tutorial

I don't like space movies. There just aren't a lot of plot options. As soon as I see a trailer, I already know that the movie is going to go one of two ways -- something bad happens and everyone you've come to know and care about dies in some horribly noble way that will forever scar your life OR something bad happens and they find a solution at the very last possible second and only one person that you've come to know and care about dies in some horribly noble way that will forever scar your life.

It's not that I have anything against space itself. I think the whole concept of such a vast and beautiful unknown is absolutely mesmerizing. I've been following the journey of the Cassini spacecraft this year as it flew between Saturn and the rings over and over. I mean -- SATURN -- if space was a high school, that planet would be both the quarterback AND the head cheerleader. It's the definition of space coolness. Rings and moons and gorgeous gorgeous mystery. But then a week ago...the Cassini story ended the way every other stinking space story ends --- in horribly noble tragedy. Did you know they sent it to its fiery death in the Saturn's atmosphere?! I was weirdly emotional reading the article about it.

I suppose it's a little ironic that I'm lamenting the sacrifice of a machine for science....while making turkey cookies to celebrate Thanksgiving. What if I just feel bad for everything and everyone? Poor turkeys. Poor man-made Cassini spacecraft. Poor Fall...doesn't really get it's time in the spotlight. Summer stays forever and then winter rushes right in. Enjoy your time while you have it Fall. I'll miss you when you're gone. You were always good to me. Let's make cookies with the new turkey cutter I designed for Ann Clark and hide from winter together.

Stenciled turkey sugar cookies -- with a video tutorial.

1. Outline and fill the feather part of the turkey with a medium consistency blue icing and a #3 tip. Let it dry for at least 4 hours or overnight.
2. Cover with a stencil and spray with gold airbrush coloring. Let the gold dry for 10-15 minutes.
3. Use medium consistency brown icing to pipe the body of the turkey. I like to pipe a teardrop shape for the body first and then pipe a circle for the head. It helps keep things from getting too wonky. (I'm basically a wonky magnet when it comes to cookies.) Let the brown icing dry for an hour.
4. Add a beak and feet with orange icing and a #1.5 tip. Pipe two tiny dots of white for the eyes and two even tinier dots of brown on top of those white dots. I like to grab some icing from the tip of the piping bag with a scriber or toothpick and touch it to the eyes so I don't end up with giant pupils.
5. Pipe scallops that follow the outside scallops of the cookie. I pipe one line and then go back and make it wider..but you can do it however you want to. I'm not going to boss you. Make sure you have a #1.5 tip on the red icing and pipe the waddle next to the beak to finish the cookie.

See it in action here.



Looking for something a little quicker? I used the same cutter to make these EASY TURKEY COOKIES

Add some leaves, wood grain, or pear cookies to round out the mix!

Video tutorial for Thanksgiving cookies


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