My daughter and I love to bake together. You could say she was born with a spatula in her hand; we’ve been mixing up special treats since she was just a little baby. Now she is almost four and we are really into fun projects centered around the holidays. We look everywhere for inspiration on how to cleverly decorate cookies, cakes or cupcakes.
The other day my daughter expressed interest in decorating a cookie like a turkey using candy corn as the tail feathers. I thought that was a great idea so I grabbed some tasty Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough at the store, along with candy for decoration, and got to work.
To give our cookies a special twist, we decided to bake them in muffin cups. When we do this, the cookies depress a little bit in the center, making them like cups. Sometimes we scoop ice cream into them, but this time we added a dollop of frosting and then made up our turkeys with the cute tailfeathers. This was the perfect activity for a preschooler. We placed some peanut butter candies on the frosting in the shape of a turkey neck and body, then arranged the candy corn behind it. The sugar cookie dough held up really well and I let my daughter have one after she ate a full dinner. They were a great way to eat turkey for dessert!
Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Turkey Cups
1 tube Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough
1 container white frosting, or chocolate frosting
Peanut butter or chocolate candies for decorating
1. Preheat the oven to 350F and spray 8 cups in a muffin tin.
2. Divide the sugar cookie dough evenly among the muffin tins and press it down so that each muffin tin is no more than 1/2 full.
3. Bake the cookies for 25 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned and they are slightly collapsed in the center. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then gently extract the cookie cups and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
4. Once cooled, fill the cups with enough frosting to be level with the top edge of the cookie. Arrange the candies and candy corn on top of the frosting to look like a turkey. Enjoy!
*Thanks very much to Pillsbury Baking for sponsoring this post and for providing Pillsbury products for me to have some fun with. Check out more posts in this campaign.
For more fun seasonal recipes, check out Babble’s Food and Entertaining guide!