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Nov 11

Turkey sugar cookies

Turkey cookies

After a weekend of cooking and baking a multitude of Thanksgiving recipes, I came into the office Monday with a camera full of images from my delicious turkey feast. As the photos uploaded to my computer, I thought about how this blog was going to be off to a great start thanks to all my hard work.

And then I saw the photos. Yikes.

The turkey looked like, well, what it was: a dead carcass. The cranberry sauce photos turned out just OK, but the lighting wasn’t great and the colors looked dull. My dinner plate looked like a typical nightly dinner plate. Not very appetizing.

Later in the day, I found the perfect quote to sum up what happened:

“Food, in all its deliciousness, is very unforgiving when it comes to being photographed.” — The Pioneer Woman.

So I spent a couple of hours looking up tips on how to photograph food so it looks somewhat appetizing, and playing around with my camera.

I decided to pick a simple recipe to cook after work so I could get the food part done quickly and spend time practicing taking pictures.

A Google search for Thanksgiving cookies came up with a cute recipe from Pillsbury.

Trying to save a buck, I bought the store’s brand of sugar cookie dough, which made some super crisp cookies. They’re OK, but I like my cookies a little softer. Next time I’ll probably cut the dough into thicker slices and leave them in the oven for a shorter amount of time.

While I don’t have the steadiest hand for decorating details, I thought the cookies turned out alright. It’s not like I’m trying to win any awards. The original recipe called for using M&Ms for the eyes, with black gel in the middle for pupils. The grocery store was out of black gel, so I improvised with some mini chocolate chips I had in the cupboard.

The orange icing came out a little thicker than I would have liked, which made for some funky turkey feet and noses. And something happened to my bag of candy corn — it was actually Autumn Mix, a blend of candy corn, Indian corn and pumpkin corn — and they were all pretty blemished. Looked like the bag was used as a football or something.

After awhile I stopped making turkeys and used the decorating caps to make pretty decorations surrounding pumpkin candies.

This is a great, quick and fun recipe that the kids can do with you.

Oh, and the pictures here aren’t great,but they are better than my previous recipes. I plan to practice a lot, and I’m even getting some tips from some of the pros here at The Tribune, so hopefully future entries will have even better photos.

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Recipe: Turkey sugar cookies

Recipe from Pillsbury

  • 1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated sugar cookies
  • 1 container (16 oz) chocolate creamy frosting
  • candy corn
  • orange decorating icing
  • mini chocolate chips
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake cookies as directed on roll.
  2. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  3. Spoon chocolate frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small hole in bottom corner of bag. On each cookie, pipe frosting on outer edge of half of cookie. Arrange candy corn over frosting for feathers.
  4. Pipe orange icing onto each cookie to resemble turkey face and feet. Use orange icing to attach mini chocolate chip eyes.

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