Thursday, November 10, 2011

Handprint Turkey Cookies

Handprint Turkey Cookies
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup sour cream
5 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons water
2-1/4 teaspoons light corn syrup
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Red, yellow, orange, green and brown gel food coloring
In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
Trace a child’s hand onto a piece of cardboard with pencil and cut out for a pattern.
On a well floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/2 inch thickness. Use a sharp knife to cut around the cardboard hand to cut out hand shapes. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 425 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients and beat until smooth. Set aside 1 teaspoon of white glaze for eyes. Place 1/4 cup of glaze into each of four bowls. Tint one red, one yellow, one orange and one green. Place 1 tablespoon of glaze in another bowl and tint dark brown. Tint the remaining glaze light brown.
Frost he palm and thumb of each cookie light brown. Frost each finger a different color, using red, yellow, orange and green.
Place the remaining yellow glaze in a pastry or plastic bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of bag. Pipe a beak on each thumb.
Repeat with dark brown glaze to pipe a pupil in the center of each eye and to pipe wings on the center of each cookie.
Use remaining red glaze to pipe wattles on each thumb. Let dry completely.

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