Kid's Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

by Chan Vu, Nov 08 2022


When I was a kid I used to trace my hand and draw a turkey out of it. Turns out kids are still doing that now. It's a genius idea that only gets better with time. I tweaked the classic turkey hand art by transferring it into delicious sugar cookies! These kid's Thanksgiving sugar cookies are so much fun to make with the help of your little ones. I'm pretty sure they won't turn down this crafty project nor will they turn down eating it!

Kid's Thanksgiving Hand Cookies

Kid's Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

  • Ingredients for sugar cookie:
  • 2  1/2 cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix well with a spoon. In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet. Mix well and refrigerate cookie dough for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll cookie dough out flat to 1 cm thick. Trace a child's hand on cardstock and cut it out. Use the hand cut-out to trace the dough with a knife. Bake for 9-12 minutes on a nonstick cookie sheet. Let cool completely before starting the royal icing.

Hand sugar cookie

To make royal icing, follow the instructions below.

Colorful Royal Icing

Royal Icing Ingredients and Supplies:

  • 4 cups of confectioner sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • toothpick
  • snack bags with zip-lock

In a mixer with a whisk attachment, mix egg whites and vanilla extract until frothy. Add confectioner sugar and stir slowly until the icing is glossy. Add lemon juice and milk. Stir well. Separate icing into 7 small bowls. Mix each bowl with a fall color. Pour royal icing into a snack bag with zip-lock and set aside.

Snip a small piece at the corner of the snack bag. Draw the turkey's body at the palm of the hand. Use a toothpick to fill in the icing gaps. Continue to shade in the turkey with the variety of colors. Let the icing set.

Kid's Thanksgiving Sugar Cookie

Kid's Thanksgiving Sugar Cookie

The kids will be eager to try the cookies. You can smell the wonderful sweet aroma of the cookies and refreshing lemon icing.  Serve these at Thanksgiving dinner and I promise you adults and kids will love it!

Kid's Thanksgiving Sugar Cookie

Fun Kid's Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

We'd love to see your version of a Thanksgiving craft turned recipe. Tag us @craftboxgirls on social media!




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