Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Don't let the turkeys get you down...

how to make decorated turkey cookies
I took a stroll down (turkey) memory lane this week. I'd actually forgotten all of the renditions of turkey cookies I've made over the years.

There were the basic turkeys from my first year of blogging, and the turkey cookies made from a few shapes put together. Then, there were the peanut butter cup turkeys. And last year, I made two turkey cookies: a girly polka dot flower turkey cookie, and an Angry Bird Turkey. (I think I ran out of time to blog them I lost the pictures! Waaaa! Do you know how much it hurts my blogger heart to have cookies undocumented?!?)

how to make decorated turkey cookies
Mr. E had a Thanksgiving luncheon at work this week and, of course, I told him to sign up to bring cookies. Now that I think about it, I should have had him help me decorate!

how to make decorated turkey cookies
These cookies are made using the most basic turkey cookie cutter that you can pick up most anywhere. This year, I added a wing and some sanding sugar...and used SemiSweet Mike's famous "autumn blue" in the feather. (His cookies = jaw dropping!)

how to make decorated turkey cookies
I love how these turned out. You can absolutely leave the wing off. It will save you some time and they'll still be cute...as cute as turkeys can be, I guess.

Here's what you'll need:
how to make decorated turkey cookies
Use a #2 tip to outline the turkey body and head. Divide the tail and body sections. 

Thin the brown and ivory icings with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup. You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin. Count of 2-3 is good. Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed. Pour into squeeze bottles. Fill in the outlines with the thinned icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and to pop large air bubbles.

how to make decorated turkey cookies
If you'd ever wondered what it's like to decorate cookies round here, this sums it up. Hi, Spike! (Cookies on chair by the window just for the picture.)

how to make decorated turkey cookies
Thin the blue and orange icings (reserving some piping consistency ornate icing for later) in the same manner. Working 6-8 cookies at a time, fill in the tail section with brown icing. Going back to the first cookie filled, add stripes of the ivory, blue, and orange icings.

how to make decorated turkey cookies
Use a toothpick to pull the icing from the top of the tail toward the body to make feathers. So cool, right?

Let the icing dry for about an hour.

how to make decorated turkey cookies
Use a #2 tip to outline the wing in ivory. Fill in with the thinned ivory icing.

Add the beak, legs, (#1 tips) and snood (#2 tip).

Let the cookies dry, uncovered 6-8 hours, or overnight.

The next day, mix 1/2 teaspoon meringue powder with 1/2 teaspoon water. Use a clean food-only paintbrush to paint on the wing and head. Sprinkle on the sanding sugar and shake off excess.

how to make decorated turkey cookies
Use a #1 tip to add the eye.

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Gobble, gobble! I'll take one cookie and one slice of sweet potato pie, please!
how to make decorated turkey cookies


8 comments:

  1. These turkeys look so cute! Amazing cookies!

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  2. Always get such great tips and ideas from you! Thanks!

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  3. My goal is to make at least one cute iced cookie in 2016..just one that nears perfect.
    Love these..
    I bet your husband is well loved at the office...

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  4. Bridget,
    Your cookies look fantastic! I bet they were a hit. I've had to make recipes over for the blog sometimes because the hubby ate the entire recipe before I got to take pictures - bummer.
    Annamaria

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  5. Bridget,
    This post makes me chuckle, your first basic turkey cookie - Gobble Gobble - was my beginning of cookie decorating! Every time I see that cookie it just makes me smile! My family thanks you for starting me down the lane of cookies!

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