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a sugar cookie made to look like a turkey on a green plate
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Turkey Handprint Sugar Cookie Recipe

Turkey Handprint Cookies are a delightful Thanksgiving treat that your friends and family will surely GOBBLE up!
Prep Time5 hrs
Decorating Time30 mins
Total Time5 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, thanksgiving
Servings: 1 cookie
Calories: 279kcal


  • cardstock
  • pencil or pen
  • scissors
  • sugar cookie dough try our favorite homemade sugar cookie recipe, or you can use store-bought dough
  • rolling pin
  • knife
  • baking sheet with non-stick liner
  • icing or frosting use our royal icing recipe with helpful tips, or purchase your favorite
  • water to thin out the royal icing
  • toothpicks
  • parchment paper
  • chocolate covered sunflower seeds


  • Using a pen or pencil, trace your child's hand onto a piece of cardstock. (If you have different sized hands in your house, it's fun to make different sizes.)
  • Cut each hand out.
  • Roll out your sugar cookie dough, place the cardstock hands on top of the dough to use as a guide and cut them out with a knife.
  • Carefully transfer to baking sheet. If there are any rough edges, just pat them down.
  • Bake, let cool, then carefully transfer to your counter where you can start to decorate them. (Try not to have any finger casualties.)
  • Outline the handprint cookies in black or brown icing. NOTE - The icing for the outline, feet, gobbler and name should be thicker than the fill icing.
  • Fill each handprint cookie with the thinner brown frosting. (Just add a touch more water to the thick stuff you made.)
  • Pop the bubbles with a toothpick right away when it's still really wet.
  • Make some feet and gobblers with icing on a piece of parchment paper.  After they are dry (several hourthey will peel right off.
  • After your fill frosting has set up a tiny bit, add sunflower seed feathers.  If you add these too soon, they will fall into the frosting and get swallowed up. But don't wait too long so that the icing cracks when you push these on.
  • Using black icing, write the name and add an eye. Glue your dried gobbler on with a dot of frosting.
  • With dots of frosting, put the legs on last. I learned the hard way they they are fragile and if you try to do other decorating after you put them on, your hand might break them.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 279kcal