Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

November 7, 2013 by Jenny Melrose

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I am trying to cut back on the sugar for Riley.  She certainly does not need the extra sugar rush because her little body never stops moving.  This year I decided to make Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies using sugar cookie dough and fresh fruit.  We had so much fun creating the turkeys with their tri-colored plumes and large wide eyes.  They were extra tasty too!

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

For the sugar cookies I used Pillsbury’s Sugar Cookie dough.  It’s just so quick and easy to use that I’m able to focus more of time on the creative side of decorating, rather than putting the dough together.  The trick is to place the dough in the freezer for about 15 – 20 minutes before rolling it out.  This way the cookie cutters can slice through and not lose their shape when it is transferred to a cookie sheet.  I used a 3 inch circle cookie cutter for these turkey cookies and baked them for 8 – 10 minutes at 350 F.

Turkey Fruit Cookies

Once the cookies cooled, Riley and I went to town using assorted fruit to decorate the cookies with.  We used strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, pineapple,  and bananas.  In order to get the fruit to stick to the cookie, we used warmed hot fudge as well as Wilton white candy melts.  The finishing touch were the wide eyes of the turkey.  They definitely made me think of turkeys trying to get away.

Thanksgiving Cookies

If you’re looking for some more Thanksgiving inspiration be sure to follow along with me on Pinterest and check out my Thanksgiving Board {click here and check it out}.


  • tanya

    Adorable Jenny! I love that you used fruit instead of chocolate!

    • Jenny

      Thanks so much Tanya. I’m trying to sneak in healthier items every chance I can get since Riley has such a sweet tooth.

  • Kenzie S

    Those are too cute! I love that you used fruit – such a healthy alternative to frosting and candy!

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