Cookie Decorating

Candy Corn Feather Turkey Cookies

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Thanksgiving is just a week away and these candy corn feathered turkey cookies are the perfect project for the weekend! They are festive and colorful and can be iced quickly. These are super fun cookies to decorate with your favorite kiddos- their little fingers are especially good for candy corn placement! Gingerbread cookies (get our gingerbread recipe here) make this project even less work but when aiming to please all guests big and small you can also cut the shapes using out sugar cookie cut recipe (get our sugar cookie recipe here).

Gobble Gobble!

Turkey cookie cutters come in all sizes. I find the mid- to mini size best for candy corn feather proportion. Candy corn comes in the most amazing flavors and colors these days. Check out all your options or buy a few different kinds for variation.

Turkey cookie cutters come in all sizes and I have found myself collecting them over the years. I find the mid- to mini size best for candy corn feather proportion. Candy corn comes in the most amazing flavors and colors these days. Check out all your options or buy a few different kinds for variation.

Turkey cookie cutters come in all sizes. I find the mid- to mini size best for candy corn feather proportion

Our Gingerbread is such a great dough- easy to work with and cuts a great edge that rounds up while baking.

Mix brown, orange and just a small touch of red royal icing. You will need some small candy beads to use as eyes.

Supplies to ice... missing from this photo our favorite jumbo red candy hearts. We always have them on hand.

Supplies to ice… missing from this photo our favorite jumbo red candy hearts. We always have them on hand. You can also use any candy bead color you like for the eyes. We found these black beads at the craft store- you can usually find the hearts there too. (Order our SDB Expert icing kit here)

This is my medium sized turkey. Start by icing the gizzard or gobbler as I like to call it...

This is my medium sized turkey. Start by icing the gizzard or gobbler as I like to call it… 

Ice the beak in orange and use a toothpick to pull out the sharp triangle...

Ice the beak in orange and use a toothpick to pull out the sharp triangle…

Turkey legs seem to vary a lot from cutter to cutter. This guy looks like he is running but most are just standing...

Turkey legs seem to vary a lot from cutter to cutter. This guy looks like he is running but most are just standing…

Your brown icing will kind of be like an invisible "glue" for these turkeys. Here add a dot...

Your brown icing will kind of be like an invisible “glue” for these turkeys. Here add a dot…

Then add your eye.

Then add the eye.

Brown icing for the candy corn feathers...

Brown icing “glue” for the candy corn feathers… 

Then add your candy corn...

Then add your candy corn…

Don't forget about the heart!

Don’t forget about the heart!

Mini turkey!

Mini turkey!

When icing the large turkey, I used orange icing because I knew some of the icing would be visible.

When icing the large turkey, I used orange icing for attaching the feathers because I knew some of the icing would be visible.

With this large turkey I have room for 2 rows of candy corn or can leave the back area open to write on.

With this large turkey I have room for 2 rows of candy corn or can leave the back area open to write on. 

Let dry up to 8 hours or overnight before packaging or plating up. If you are using sugar cookies for your turkeys, ice the full body in brown first. Check out our SweetDaniB TV “One of a Kind Turkey” How-to-Ice video to see how we ice the full body.

Hello Thanksgiving!

Hello Thanksgiving!

To free up some prep time on Wednesday and/ or Thanksgiving Day, make these over the weekend or on Monday or Tuesday then store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. They will be ready and delish to be plated up on Thanksgiving Day.

Check out our SweetDaniB TV Thanksgiving Playlist on youtube for other SWEET cookie and craft ideas including a super fun gourd turkey centerpiece!

Gobble Gobble! Xo Dani

 

 

Nut Capped Natural Acorn Cookies

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I have been loving this adorable lil’ acorn cookie cutter by CopperGifts for years. This year I was inspired to ice it in a more natural way. Colors, candy, hearts and fun will always be my signature but I’ve been working on some projects with Whole Foods and their requirements have forced me to get creative with my icing coloring process. I love the results! Here’s how I iced this nutty, natural, acorn cookie…

Bake up your acorns using my Sugar Cookie Cutout recipe. These are also yum in Gingerbread form

Bake up your acorns using my Sugar Cookie Cutout recipe. These are also yum in Gingerbread form…

Make easy royal icing by adding milk to confectioners sugar. Here have 1 Cup of confectioners sugar in my bowl and I started by adding 1 tablespoon of 2% milk. (I only used 2% because its what I had- whole milk is what I would usually use.)

Make easy royal icing by adding milk to confectioners sugar. Here have 1 Cup of confectioners sugar in my bowl which I whisked to remove any lumps, then and I started by adding 1 tablespoon of 2% milk. (I only used 2% because its what I had- whole milk is what I would usually use.)

Continue to add milk (by the teaspoon) until you get the idea icing consistency- I always say its similar to craft glue consistency

Continue to add milk (by the teaspoon) until you get the idea icing consistency- I always say its similar to craft glue consistency.

You will need blanched sliced almonds, raw sugar, one thick SDB Icing Bottle, a toothpick, and a paper plate. I applied my almonds using our SDB Heart Applicator Tweezer but if you have small fingers you can go without. I have a tree nut allergy so when making these for myself, I will roast the almonds slightly which deactivates my allergy issue which is the almond skin. Note: if you have a more serious nut allergy make our M&M topped version of this cookie instead!

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Supplies ready to go

Supplies ready to go!

Outline and fill the lower part of the acorn...

Outline and fill the lower part of the acorn…

smooth out the icing then add raw sugar over your paper plate (to catch the excess)

Smooth out the icing then add raw sugar over your paper plate (to catch the excess)…

Raw sugar is especially delish and adds a yum crunch...

Raw sugar is especially delish and adds a yum crunch to your cookie texture. Let the sugar and icing settle a bit before moving on to the next step…

Outline and fill the acorn cap. I leave the stem till last...

Outline and fill the acorn cap. I leave the stem till last since it takes a while to apply the almonds and I don’t want that icing to be too dry by the time I get to it…

Begin with the lower row and overlap the almond onto the lower sugar covered area a bit...

Begin with the lower row and overlap the almond onto the lower sugar covered area a bit…

I switched to the tweezer for better accuracy... just don't squeeze too hard or you will crush your almond...

I switched to the tweezer for better accuracy… just don’t squeeze too hard or you will crush your almond…

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A little dot of icing on the stem, then I added a half piece of almond to finish it…

Cute and nutty!

Cute and nutty!

These acorns are so perfect for November and would be a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table!

These acorns are so perfect for November and would be such a beautiful and delicious addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table!

Speaking of which, this year we will be plating up these Nutty Acorns with our traditional one of a kind turkeys and some gorgeous cookie feathers! Check out our Thanksgiving How-To-Ice Playlist on SweetDaniB TV for all the cookie details! If you are in the NJ area check out our two amazing Thanksgiving cookie workshops coming right up and join in the cookie fun in person!  Xo Dani

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See how to decorate our M&M version of the Acorn cookie here and our One of a Kind Turkeys here! Gobble gobble!