Just in time for Thanksgiving..


Looking for a fun activity or an adorably delicious dessert for Thanksgiving?

Gobble gobble!

My lovely friend Sam recently blogged about these irresistible turkey cookies.  As soon as I saw them I vowed, MUST BAKE!  And bake I have.  As of today, I’ve made over 13 dozen.  So many, in fact, I’ve resorted to decorating them with leftover birthday frosting.  (Green turkeys rule.)

The idea originated with Pillsbury as a way of using their pre-made sugar cookie dough.  Which is fine if you’re a normal person.  But as someone abnormal on a strict low-sodium diet, I had to make my own.  Verdict? Tastiest turkeys ever. 

If you’d like to make these too (you know you do) directions are below 😀



1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/3 c. sugar
2 t. pure vanilla extract
1/2 t. pure almond extract (optional)
1 egg
1 t. Ener G sodium free baking soda (or 1/2 t. “regular” baking soda)
2 1/4 c. flour

Candy corn


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Get out 2 baking sheets and set aside.

Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the extract(s) & egg and stir to combine. Add the baking soda and mix, then gradually add in the flour, beating until well incorporated.

Drop the cookies by large spoonfuls (a small ice cream scoop works perfectly here) and flatten using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar.

Place baking sheet on middle rack in oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Once cookies are cool, time to decorate!

Pipe a thin “rainbow” of frosting on the top and arrange candy corn to look like feathers. Then make eyes, beak and legs below.


0 thoughts on “Just in time for Thanksgiving..

  1. I know, they’re just so cute! So grateful for the idea.

    Not sure who’s enjoying them more – me or my kids. One thing that’s certain? NO LEFTOVERS!

    The combo of sugar cookie and candy corn is amazing.

  2. My daughter is sitting in my lap while I am typing this and she yelled, “LOOK MOM! TURKEYS!” Looks like we will have to bake some now. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving (and are gearing up for the big snowstorm!)

    1. Just heard about the snow today. Maybe 5″ here in Portland? Have to watch the news later. Sooo happy we’re not traveling. More time for cookie baking (and eating!!) Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!!

  3. This reminds me of ‘turkeys’ my mother made with my sister and I when we were little. Our bodies were bon-bons, and then we glued on candy corn feathers with some kind of frosting (I can’t remember exactly how we made ‘heads’)…
    I always looked forward to it – so much fun – and so good, too!

    1. They sound great too. So glad creative people share these ideas; there’s no way I’d be clever enough to come up w. candy corn feathers. Though when you see them, you can’t help but think- of course!! Right?

      Now that you’ve mastered mashed potatoes, Inky, I totally see you tackling turkey. Or turkey cookies. Maybe both?

      Happy thanksgiving!!

    1. I so thought of you entertaining your nephew with these. Definitely worth making, even on T Day weekend! Somebody far cleverer than me could come up w. all sorts of seasonal decorating ideas. Now there’s a book idea for you!

      And speaking of books.. can you guess what I’ve been up to in my great Internet absence?! XO

      PS: no postcard yet..!!!

      PPS: gobble gobble! I mean, happy happy!

    1. Katie, when I was growing up we lived around the corner from a department store (Strawbridge & Clothiers) and I practically lived at the candy dept. They sold those tiny mallow creme pumpkins and I swear, to this day I think they were the best I’ve ever had. So sad the store is looooong gone.

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