Thanksgiving Hand print Cookies


Hand print Turkey Cookies – Kids will love ‘em!

The perfect Thanksgiving recipe that kids will have fun doing.  My kids love watching their handprints turn into adorable, edible turkeys!  They have lots of fun tracing their hands, then cutting and decorating!


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Have your child trace their hands on cardboard or construction paper – no cookie cutter necessary!
  3. Cut them out (mom may need to help).
  4. Roll out Pillsbury already made cookie dough (makes this recipe easy) on a cutting board or parchment paper. It is best to chill the dough before hand, so that it doesn’t stick to the cutting board or parchment paper.
  5. Place the cardboard cut- outs on top of the dough and using a knife, cut out the turkey shapes.
  6. Carefully transfer the hand shaped dough and place them on a cookie sheet. Pat down any rough edges.
  7. Bake the dough for 10-12 minutes. Undercook by a few minutes for soft chewy cookies.
  8. Remove after baking and let stand until completely cool. Cookies will be fragile so take care to make sure they cool completely before transferring to a flat surface.  I found that placing them on my granite counter work well (cools faster).


Royal icing Recipe (makes for a nice shiny surface)


1 lbs. powdered sugar

6 tbsp. meringue powder (pie mix)

12 tbsp. water

1 tsp. clear vanilla

Mix ingredients together until smooth – add more water if necessary


Making sure that cookies have completely cooled first, use a tube of brown icing and draw a border around the cookie.  Fill in the rest of the cookie with the royal icing. Use sparingly, because the icing will run.  I use a toothpick to guide the icing to the border. The border not only looks great, but it will keep the royal icing from running off the side of the cookie.  Dab any of the bubbles with a toothpick.

  • Decorate the feet and eyes using a thin tube of icing. The thin tubes allow for more precision.
  • Make a “waddle” or “snood” (gobbler) using red icing.  Make this a bit thicker than the rest of the icing.
  • Use chocolate covered sunflower seeds to decorate around the border (feathers).
  • Write your child’s name in the middle of the turkey’s belly. Kids have lots of fun personalizing their turkey.


Now you have adorable holiday cookies that your kids will love!  You can use them as name cards by placing the cookies in the middle of your child’s plate- an adorable addition to your Thanksgiving table!

Thank you Lauren for your help!! XO

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