Turkey Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Good afternoon friends.  Today I am sharing my favorite sugar cookie recipe with you (and the buttercream frosting that I always pair with it) and I’ll show you how to make cute turkey sugar cookies! This is my go-to recipe for sugar cookies, used again and again….and again, for years.  It is truly a fan favorite!


As you can see, this isn’t just any old cookie.  Here we have Tom the Turkey, all ready for Thanksgiving eating (shhh…don’t tell Tom).


This festive cookie was made by modifying my flower cookie cutter.  I cut out the flower as usual, but trimmed the bottom to get what looks like a cloud.


Once decorated with frosting and some little embellishments, you have your completed cookie.  Fun, right?

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Sugar Cookie Cutouts
makes about 24 medium-sized cookies

1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour

Beat butter and shortening in a medium mixing bowl on medium speed until light and creamy, about 5 minutes.  Add sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt.  Beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.  Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined.  Slowly add the flour and mix until fully combined, using a wooden spoon if needed.  Cover dough and chill at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 375º.  Roll one portion of the dough out at a time on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut out your shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until edges are firm.  Cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute then remove to a wire rack to cool.

Wegman’s Buttercream Frosting

1 stick  unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
4 cups  powdered sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp  nonfat dry milk powder
3-4 Tbsp water, divided

Cream together butter and vanilla extract in a medium mixer bowl, on medium speed, for several minutes.  Your combination should be light and creamy…very creamy.  Scrape bowl as needed.  Slowly add powdered sugar, milk powder and 3 Tbsp water. Mix well light and creamy, adding an additional Tbsp of water if needed for desired consistency.  Divide frosting into small bowls for coloring.


 Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy!  Anne


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I'm Anne. I am the creator and keeper of Circus Berry--part party design business and part lifestyle blog where you can find party inspiration, home decor ideas, food and drink recipes, lots of crafts and DIY, photography, and life in general. I live outside of Buffalo, NY with my husband, three kids (two daughters and a son), and our dog. I have a passion for sunshine, good food, flavorful drinks, things that shine, alt rock, fitness, celebrations and the color blue.
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  1. I am always looking for different sugar cookie recipes- thanks for sharing this darling idea!!! :)

  2. You are most welcome!