Gather and spend this Thanksgiving holiday baking up some adorable turkey handprint cookies! Your kids will love making them and they’ll add a little something special to your Thanksgiving Day spread. What a great way to spend your holiday season with the ones you love and are so grateful for. Your little ones will be sure to gobble these right up.
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED.
- Paper and pencil
- Paint brush
- 4 small bowls (for mixing icing)
- Parchment paper
- Plastic wrap or foil
- Baking sheets
- Small sharp knife
- Food dye
- Candy eyes
- Cinnamon and sugar
- Dried mango
- 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
TURKEY HANDPRINT COOKIES INSTRUCTIONS.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.
In a large mixing bowl using a mixer (hand or stand mixer) beat the butter and sugar together until completely smooth and creamy. Then add one egg and vanilla extract and beat a minute longer until combined.
Next add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Dough will be soft. If it seems too sticky to roll out add one more tablespoon of flour and mix again.
Once everything is mixed divide your dough into two equal parts. Place each dough portion onto a piece of lightly floured parchment paper. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough to about 1/4 inches thick.
After your dough is rolled out, lightly dust one of your dough rolls with flour. Place another piece of parchment paper on top to prevent sticking. Place the second rolled out dough on top of the first and follow the same steps. Cover with plastic or foil and refrigerate for one to two hours or up to two days.
When your dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 375°. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper (optional). Take out your dough and carefully remove the top dough piece to separate your rolled out dough.
Now we are ready to make our handprint shapes. Trace your child(ren)s hand onto a piece of paper and cut it out.
Place your paper cut outs onto your rolled out dough, using a sharp small knife gently cut around the hand print(s). Using a spatula gently lift up your cookie handprint shapes and arrange them onto your baking sheet.
Brush your cookies with egg white and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake for 11 minutes or so until lightly browned edges occur. Keep an eye on them and rotate your baking sheet halfway through baking. Allow cookies to cool completely when done baking.
While your cookies are baking you can mix your icing with your chosen colors to paint the fingers for the turkey feathers.
Once your cookies are cooled you and your little ones can start decorating your turkey hands. Using paint brushes start painting each finger using different colors. Add icing for your eyes or a candy eye and cut your dried mango into little beaks securing them with a little dab of icing too!
When you are all done decorating, place your cookies back into the refrigerator for everything to set.
Finally, enjoy your delicious adorable treats. Gobble gobble!
I hope you enjoy making these as much as me and my family do! It’s always a treat to get to share my creations with you.
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