How to Decorate FIVE Thanksgiving Cookies

Posted by Anne Yorks on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Gratitude is such a big part of my life and I think that is why I love Thanksgiving so much! I love the food, my family, and of course I love making Thanksgiving cookies! In today's tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make turkeys, pilgrims, pie slices, trees and leaves - OH MY!! Grab the decorating kit for the essential cutters and stencils to recreate these tasty masterpieces!

Getting Started

Check out the video tutorial - a step-by-step guide to making these cookies!

Cookie Yield

For a single batch of dough I was able to make 20 of these cookies, 5 pilgrim/snowman faces, 3 maple leaves, 4 turkeys/trees, 4 pie slices/candy corn, and 4 acorn/pilgrim. I should note that I roll my cookies to 1/4" thick using the Dough EZ Rolling Mat System. The thickness of your cookies will impact your yield.

COOKIE RECIPE: For a cookie recipe and rolling and baking video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer.   

Prepping the Royal Icing


For a single batch of dough, I typically use a single batch of icing. Since I'm using a KitchenAid mixer, I made a double batch of icing (about 36 oz of icing) and split it in half (reserving half for another project).

A total of 18 oz of icing. I don't measure exactly...I estimate. For a more detailed look at icing planning, CLICK HERE to read this helpful blog post.


For a royal icing recipe and video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer.


On this project I used ChefMaster food gels. I use the color straight from the bottle to make my icing colors. For this project I used fleshtone, buckeye brown, sunset orange, gold, tulip red, and coal black.  I use the gold to make both the deeper gold color and the lighter ivory color. The buckeye brown made both the light and dark shades of that color. To make the pumpkin color I used mostly sunset orange, but added 2 dots of buckeye brown to give it a ruddy tone. Tulip Red (no taste red) has tones of orange undertones and makes the PERFECT fall red.  It is VERY helpful to make colors like black the day before you decorate (see my schedule below). You will add less gel and the color will deepen over night. CLICK HERE to check out all the food gel options in our shop.


With this tutorial, I'm providing several templates. You can download a file for both the boy and girl pilgrim to use with your projector (or cut and trace lines on the cookies). I have also provided the turkey wing transfer sheet, the turkey body (good for tracking) and the full turkey template (good for your projector). CLICK HERE - to download the .zip file will all the images.

Project Timeline


Mix Dough (30 mins), Chill Dough (2 hours inactive time), Roll and Bake (1 hour), Mix Royal Icing and Prep Icing Colors - it is helpful to make the colors (especially black and navy) the day before you decorate because the color will deepen overnight (1 hour)


Outline and Flood Cookies (1-2 hours), Allow to dry in front of fan before adding details (1 hour for standard cookies, but allow 6 hours of dry time on the cookie stenciled with royal icing), Piping details, painting gold accents, and stenciling (1.5-2.5 hours)



It usually takes about 30 minutes to heat seal 2 dozen cookies, but plan for an extra 15 minutes if you're adding ribbons to the package. For tips on packing cookies, CLICK HERE to check out this helpful blog post with links to my favorite packing and shipping materials.

I want to see what you make! So be sure to tag @theflourboxshop on Instagram and Facebook and use #theflourbox so I can see what you create!

Happy Decorating!




  • Danielle Dasher

    Jan 27, 2020

    We I want to use the templates that are too large to trace con a cookie without the ability to edit to smaller (do not have projector to make image smaller) How can I Adjust the size of the templates?

  • Tracy Vancuylenburg

    Nov 24, 2019

    Amazing work

  • Eva

    Nov 05, 2019

    When I click to download the templates, a blank page appears 😢

  • Pabiya

    Nov 01, 2019


  • Anne Yorks

    Nov 01, 2019

    Hi Darlene,
    Thanks so much for the sweet note! I am glad the tutorials are fun and helpful.

    I am always flattered when someone recreates one of my designs from a tutorial. I encourage people to make their own cookies and take their own photographs. Credit for the design is also appreciated, but I understand it’s not always possible. I hope this answers your question!

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