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Turkey Sugar Cookies

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Turkey sugar cookies are a simple treat your little Thanksgiving guests are sure to enjoy!  This easy cookie idea is a fun way to celebrate the holiday.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and in addition to planning all the Thanksgiving trimmings like 3 Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Dinner Rolls and Easy Ham Appetizers, we’re in full TREAT MODE over here!

a sugar cookie decorated to look like a turkey

A Thanksgiving Cookie Idea

Each year on Thanksgiving morning, my sister in law gathers all the kids in the kitchen to make an edible turkey creation that they get to eat after our big meal. I’m seriously so impressed with the creative ideas she comes up with every year! These turkey sugar cookies were the cookie idea she came up with last Thanksgiving.  Judging by how much my own kids LOVED them, I’d say it’s a safe bet that your Thanksgiving guests will love this cookie idea too! These sugar cookie turkeys are easy, festive, and totally delicious!

A lot of decorated sugar cookie recipes require some mad decorating skills, but not these darling turkey cookies! They don’t take long at all to make, and your guests will surely be impressed. With the time you saved baking in the kitchen, you’ll have more time to spend with your family doing activities and playing games like Turkey Pictionary or Roll a Turkey.

a row of turkey sugar cookies on a serving tray

How to Make Turkey Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies – You can start with a store-bought sugar cookies from the bakery, or bake your own! If you prefer to make your own, we have two sugar cookie recipes we LOVE!  Both the 10-Minute Sugar Cookies from Scratch and our Old-Fashion Sugar Cookies are absolutely delicious!

Frost Them – Next, grab some frosting and give your sugar cookies a nice layer as a canvas for your turkeys! For the ones pictured here, we used store-bought chocolate frosting.  If you want to make homemade frosting, try our favorite Cream Cheese Frosting. Add in a little orange food coloring and they’ll be deliciously cute!

Decorate – Lastly, you’ll need some cookie embellishments to make the turkey face and features. You can make your own candy eyes or buy them at the grocery store.  You can typically find them with the sprinkles and baking goods.  I used chocolate-covered sunflower seeds for my colorful turkey feathers. I always get mine at Trader Joe’s, but they never have any other colors than the ones you see here. Amazon has a lot of colors, but you might pay a little more.  If you can’t find these seeds, you can always substitute candy corn to use as the turkey feathers.

Other Turkey Cookies Ideas

Let’s get baking, shall we?  Leave us a comment below and let us know how much you liked these adorable turkey sugar cookies.  Be sure to snap a picture of you making these with your family and tag us on social media.  We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Turkey Sugar Cookies

Turkey Sugar Cookies are a simple treat your little Thanksgiving guests are sure to enjoy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie, turkey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cookie
Calories 150 kcal


  • round sugar cookies store-bought or homemade (cooled completely)
  • chocolate frosting
  • candy eyes
  • chocolate-covered sunflower seeds


  1. Grab your favorite store-bought (or homemade) sugar cookie

  2. Spread a nice layer of chocolate frosting on your cookies

  3. Decorate your cookie with chocolate covered sunflower seeds

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Nutrition Facts
Turkey Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a collage of Thanksgiving turkey sugar cookies

Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy!

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