Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

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Last Friday night I got it into my head that pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes and apple turnovers were not enough for dessert for my Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday and that I should really have Thanksgiving decorated sugar cookies.

Early Saturday morning I headed out to Walmart to pick up some pre-made sugar cookie dough. I was rather disappointed when I found that they were completely out of the refrigerated dough for sugar cookies. They had chocolate chip, butterscotch (?), peanut butter, snickerdoodle and oatmeal raisin but not sugar! I bought a package of the snickerdoodle ones and figured it was worth a shot. I also ended up buying one of pre-made sugar cookie packages where you just add water.

This ended up being a bit more difficult of a task than I had planned because when I got home and looked through my 100 different cookie cutters collection from Bed, Bath and Beyond, I realized that I didn't have a turkey. A cowboy boot, the state of Texas and something that looked like a blob, but no turkey! Finally, I came across a cookie cutter of a hand and decided I'd just have to go with that. 

Thanksgiving Decorated Sugar Cookies
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Ingredients:
2 packages sugar cookie (or snickerdoodle) refrigerated dough
cookie cutters in shape of your choice
1 batch royal icing
colored gel icing of your choice
Wilton #2 tip
pastry bag
Rolling pin
toothpicks

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to the temperature recommended on the package.
2. If your cookie dough isn't at room temperature, microwave each package for 15 seconds.
3. Roll out the cookie dough and cut into shapes with the cookie cutters.
4. Place cut out cookies on a baking sheet. (I used my silpat on mine.)
5. Bake cookies according to package directions.
6. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cookies cool to room temperature (at least 1 hour.)
7. Make a batch of royal icing and separate into small bowls.
8. Add the colored gel icing of your choice to each small bowl and stir with a toothpick.
9. Transfer the royal icing to the pasty bag fitted with the tip. Trace the outline of the cookie or make your own designs.
10. Let the royal icing set on the cookies for at least 4 hours.

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