With Thanksgiving right around the corner and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, these little pretties are the perfect treat for your work, friends & family, and school parties. Placed in a cute clear bag with a bow, it’s like, well, a personal turkey day valentine. The pumpkin spice frosting makes them not only steal your heart, but your taste buds too.
Preheat oven at 350°F.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
- 2/3 c. shortening
- 3/4 c. sugar
Add & beat together well:
- 2 eggs
- 4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 T. milk
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 c. flour
Refrigerate dough for about 1 hour. This is an important step. It will prevent dough from being too soft which causes us to add too much flour and causes dry cookies. Refrigeration is key.
Roll out and use cookie cutters.
Bake 6-8 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool completely on a rack.
Royal Icing Ingredients
- 5 -6 tablespoons water
- 4 cups sifted powdered’ sugar
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- Wilton brand orange, brown, and ivory food colorings
Whip water, powdered sugar, meringue powder, vanilla extract, and pumpkin spice together on low speed until combined. Turn speed up and whip until stiff peaks form like they do with whipped cream. Cover with a damp towel or place in airtight container when not in use to prevent frosting from hardening too soon.
Place part of icing in a smaller bowl and stir in a bit of orange food coloring. Add a smaller amount of brown just to give it a more pumpkin-y color.
Add ivory to another part of icing to make the “pie crust”.
Decorating tips: Number 5 (small round) tip should work well for outline and then flooding of “pie”. 104 will work well for “pie crust”. Use about a size 12 circle tip for the white “whipped cream” topper.
Decorate “pie” area with orange colored frosting by outlining the “pie filling” section of the cookie. When finished with all, just add a little water to the orange colored frosting and fill in middle.
After the orange has had a few hours to dry, place “pie crust” on the cookie in ivory in a wavey fashion as pictured.
When “pie filling” is completely dry, place a dollop of white icing for the “whipped cream”. Allow to dry at least over night as this part is pretty thick.
Make no mistake about it, the smaller these are, the more your friends will crush on them. And, soon, every year whenever someone thinks of turkey, they will think of you. Gobble it all up.