3 Easy and Fun Thanksgiving Cookie Ideas

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These no-bake cookie decorations are guaranteed to wow guests and taste delicious – no oven required.

As holiday preparations start to demand more of your time, there’s no shame in taking a few shortcuts here and there. Decorating store-bought cookies is a terrific way to save time and add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving desserts. So turn off the oven, put away the flour and sugar, and grab a couple of cans of frosting and some candy embellishments. These adorably decorated harvest corn cookies, gobbling turkeys and chocolate Pilgrim hats will get just as many “oohs” and “ahhs” as a cookie baked from scratch.

1. Harvest Corn Cookies
A quick trip to the grocery store will give you everything you need to assemble these cute and clever harvest-themed cookies. When you’re finished decorating, put the mixing bowl and cutting board into the dishwasher with a Cascade Platinum ActionPac. There’s no need to rinse first, which saves you valuable time.

Prep time:
15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Makes: 12 cookies

Ingredients

Yellow food coloring
1 small tube of vanilla frosting
1 package of oblong, cream-filled vanilla sandwich cookies
2 cups of multicolored peanut butter candies
6 green fruit roll snacks

Instructions

  1. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to 1 cup of white frosting, and stir in a small bowl
  2. Spread frosting onto one side of each sandwich cookie
  3. Lay alternating colors of the multicolored peanut butter candies in the frosting
  4. Unwrap the fruit roll snacks and lay on a cutting board
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut long, narrow leaf shapes
  6. Place a leaf shape on either side of the cookie, overlapping slightly so they resemble cornhusks


2. Gobbling Turkey Cookies
These cute Thanksgiving cookies are easy enough for your kids to assemble! Set up the cookies, icing bags and candy on your kitchen counter or table, and keep a roll of Bounty paper towels handy to clean up icing and crumbs after you’re finished decorating. You might need to help younger children with the icing details, but the result will be delicious nonetheless.

Prep time:
15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Makes: 12 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup of white frosting
1 plastic sandwich bag
1 package of round sugar cookies
1 package of candy corn
1 small package of mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Scoop frosting into sandwich bag toward one of the bottom corners
  2. Snip off one corner of the bag to make a piping bag
  3. Pipe frosting onto cookie
  4. Immediately place candy corn, narrow side facing inward, onto the edge of the cookie to form the feathers
  5. Pipe two small dots in the middle of the cookie, and place a mini chocolate chip on each dot for the eyes
  6. Finally, pipe on the turkey’s beak and feet


Tip:
Swap out the round sugar cookies for round cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and carefully insert five candy corn pieces to create feathers. Then pipe the face onto the cookie and add another candy corn for a beak.



3. Chocolate Pilgrim Hat Cookies
What a clever use for mini peanut butter cups! Flip fudge-striped shortbread cookies upside down to serve as the brim, and add the peanut butter cup to create the rest of the hat.

Prep time:
15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Makes: 12 cookies

Ingredients

½ cup of chocolate frosting
½ cup of vanilla frosting
Yellow food coloring
2 plastic sandwich bags
1 package of round, fudge-striped shortbread cookies
1 bag of mini peanut butter cups

Instructions

  1. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring to the vanilla frosting, and stir in a small bowl
  2. Scoop frostings into two separate sandwich bags toward one of the bottom corners
  3. Snip off one corner of each bag to make a piping bag
  4. Flip the shortbread cookies so the striped side is facing down. Pipe chocolate frosting onto the middle of each cookie, and place an unwrapped peanut butter cup, top side down, onto the frosting. The frosting acts like a glue
  5. Decorate the Pilgrim hat by piping yellow frosting along the bottom of the peanut butter cup

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