Turkey Handprint Cookies Recipe

My kids and I love making cut-out cookies, especially for Thanksgiving and the Christmas. Not only does this recipe make a delicious dessert, it super-fun to make with kids. Using your child’s hand instead of a cookie-cutter is fun and provides the perfect shape for these Turkey Handprint Cookies, a perfect Thanksgiving treat.

prep time: 15 minutes

chill time: 2 hours (or up to overnight)

cook time: 15 minutes

total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

servings: 24 cookies (sized from a 5 year old’s hand)


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


Step 1: In a stand mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then, beat in the eggs, cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth.

Step 2: With the mixer on low sift in the flour, powder, and salt and mix until just incorporated.

Step 3: Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours, or up to overnight.

Step 4: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 5: On a floured surface roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness.

Turkey Hand Cookies Recipe - Step 3

Step 6: Have your child place his or her hand on top of the dough and carefully cut around his/her hand.

Turkey Hand Cookies Recipe - Step 6

Step 7: Decorate with sprinkles!

Turkey Hand Cookies Recipe - Step 7

Step 8: Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden. Allow to cool on a wire rack and serve.