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Handprint Turkey Cookies Recipe

Handprint Turkey Cookies Recipe

Creating these tom treats is just as much fun as gobbling them up! When preparing this cookie recipe years ago, I used to help our children cut out their own hand shapes from the rolled dough. Today the kids are all grown, but they still remember how much they enjoyed "baking" their hands! If you like, you can form the cookies using a handprint cookie cutter instead. —Pat Thompson, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:36 servings


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • GLAZE:
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red, yellow, orange, green and brown gel food coloring
  • 3-3/4-inch hand-shaped cookie cutter or scissors, pencil and a piece of cardboard for tracing a child's handprint


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg: add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Use a floured hand-shaped cookie cutter or trace a child's hand onto a piece of cardboard with pencil and cut out for a pattern.
  • 3. On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/2-in. thickness. Either use a sharp knife to cut around the cardboard hand pattern in dough or use cookie cutter to cut out hand shapes. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 425° for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 4. In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients and beat until smooth. Set aside 1 teaspoon of white glaze for eyes. Place 1/4 cup of glaze into each of four bowls. Tint one red, one yellow, one orange and one green. Place 1 tablespoon of glaze in another bowl and tint dark brown. Tint the remaining glaze light brown.
  • 5. Frost the palm and thumb of each cookie light brown. Frost each finger a different color, using red, yellow, orange and green.
  • 6. Place the remaining yellow glaze in a pastry or plastic bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of bag. Pipe a beak on each thumb.
  • 7. Repeat with dark brown glaze to pipe a pupil in the center of each eye and to pipe wings in the center of each cookie.
  • 8. Use remaining red glaze to pipe wattles on each thumb. Let dry completely. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 154 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 79 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Handprint Turkey Cookies

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"If I could give this recipe no stars, I would. What a horrible and disappointing recipe. Followed it exactly. The dough is way too sticky and it was impossible to cut shapes from it. So as not to disappoint my daughter (who was looking forward to making these for days), I had to keep adding flour to the dough to at least make it work. Even then, it was awful dough. I could only get two handprint cookies from it and the rest we just used a cookie cutter in the shape of a leaf, and that was almost impossible. The dough is terrible and this recipe should be revised. The amount of powdered sugar for the glaze is way too much or the water is too little. I had to add nearly a cup of water to make it work. This recipe went right into the trash. What a waste of time and money. The cookies have no taste and the glaze is way too sweet. And, what a disappointment to my child."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"My kids loved making this recipe when they were smaller. Last year was our last year using their hands as cutouts because they're older now. They talk about this recipe every year. Great memories"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"I had such a good time making these with my granddaughter today! We will be doing this every year!!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2008

"This is the cutest idea!! I am going to be doing that tomorrow with my 3 kids."

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