Recipe: Ginger Snap Turkey Cookies

turkey cookies 

These fun Ginger Snap Cookies were made to look like Thanksgiving Turkeys!


    Ginger Snaps have always been one of our family's favorite cookies to bake, especially during the fall and winter.  In chilly days, you might find us in the kitchen, preparing a batch or two of spicy goodness.  My Mom has been making these for my Dad before my sister and I were even born - they're his favorite cookie.  And the special ingredient in our Ginger Snaps is some extra ginger to turn up the heat!  If you like you're ginger snaps more mild, you might want to add less ginger, but this is the way our family loves them. 

     For this Thanksgiving, we decided to dress our gingersnaps up a bit, creating some delicious and totally adorable Thanksgiving Turkeys.   You'll be sure to gobble down these cute as a button Ginger Snap Turkey Cookies!


4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

4 tbsp. ground ginger (you can cut this back to as low as 4 tsp. if you don't want the heat :)

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup oil

2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup molasses

Candy Corn or Indian Corn Candy

decorating gel or icing (in orange and green)


    Preheat the oven to 350*F.  In a large mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, molasses and brown sugar.  Add the baking soda, cinnamon and ginger and mix well.  Lastly, thoroughly mix in the flour until mixture forms a nice dough.  You should be able to form the dough into a ball in your hands.  If it seems a little too dry, add a small amount of oil - a tablespoon at a time.  The dough should not be overly oily or too sticky.

    Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and flatten them with the flat bottom of a greased glass. 

turkey cookie dough ball

Cookie dough portion.....

flattening with glass

Flattening the cookie with the bottom of a glass. 

Spray some non-stick cooking spray on the bottom of the glass so it doesn't adhere to the cookie.


An unbaked cookie....

turkey cookie cutting

Trimming the jagged edges of the cookie using a round cutter.

fresh from the oven

Cookies fresh from the oven!

    Set up your decorating station complete with your cookies, the candy corn and green and orange decorator gel or icing.  While the cookies are still warm but not too hot to touch, ice or apply decorator gel to the back of each candy corn and place them iced side down at the top edge of your cookies.  Press down slightly with your finger, to make sure the candy adheres to the cookie.   Continue to apply candy corn, making an arcing pattern across the top edge of your cookie, as shown, to create the turkey's tail.

applying the candy corn

Applying the candy corn....

turkey tail

The finished turkey tail....

     Lastly, when the cookies are completely cooled, using icing or decorator gel, decorate your cookies with green eyes, orange beak (a v-shape will do :) and legs, as shown below! 

decorating with gel

Adding the beak to the turkey.....

finished product

The finished cookie - what a happy turkey! :)

turkey cookies finished

Four funny turkeys ready for Thanksgiving!


      Enjoy with family and friends!  Happy Thanksgiving!

    By, Jessi Wasell