Thanksgiving Place Cards of the Edible Kind

November 7, 2012

I wish I had these cutters for our Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner but they hadn’t arrived as yet.  When they did come in the mail from Karen’s Cookies I could hardly wait to use them and decided that though these never made it to our Thanksgiving Dinner table this year, there is still time to make a place for them at any American Thanksgiving gathering.


The best thing about making these edible place cards is that everyone at the table can use an edible food marker to fill in the blanks with what they are giving thanks for this year.  Great conversation starters (not that any family needs help with conversation) and best of all, everyone gets to eat their place cards after dinner!  Place these at every table setting this year I’m pretty sure that you’ll hear *pass the markers* long before you hear *pass the salt*

I enjoyed making these so much that I’m already designing ones for our family Christmas dinner.  Believe me, the possibilities are endless and I really need to scale back!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how I made these place card cookies.

1.  Bake your favourite sugar cookie recipe and roll out your dough 1/4″ thick.  Cut with the large rectangular frame cutter and bake.  Let cool then pipe with yellow piping icing all around the edge of the cookie.

2.  With bright yellow flood icing, flood the cookies.

3.  When flood icing has dried and with black piping icing, outline your turkey one the left side of the cookie.  (Kopykake was used and image credit goes to this site)

4. When the black piping has dried, begin flooding the turkey feathers.  I used red, orange and rust colours.

5.  Next I filled in the rest of the turkey using medium brown, dark brown and a little bit of the rust.

6.  Let the flood dry before adding the face using red, orange and white.  At this point I also added the names and the script with a black edible food colouring marker. (sorry about the photo quality…I lost my natural lighting)

7.  The next day, finish off the eyes with your black edible marker and go over any black piping lines between the feathers with the marker.

All Done!  Happy American Thanksgiving to all my American readers.  I’m thankful for you and for everyone who visits me here.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee - Kudos Kitchen November 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

I’d be giving thanks for being able to eat such wonderfully cute cookies after the meal! These are great Paula!!! Love the script you chose.


Amanda November 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

What a wonderful and creative way to give thanks! Yum! They look great!


Jackie - Just Add Milk November 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

I love this idea. I just received the same cutters from Karen’s Cookies and love them. I love your turkeys. They are too cute!!! I give thanks for all the wonderful ideas I get from you talented ladies. This will definitely be used.


Christine Shen - Sugar Cravings November 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

These are wonderful!!! I’m so excited to try them for my family this year. Thank you for sharing! :)


Melissa-TheBakedEquation November 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Paula! I just love this idea. Every year we go around the table and choose a topic that we are thankful for…I am going to do these!


Kristina - paddle attachment November 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Paula – What a great idea – I know those cute turkey placards would be the first thing I’d want to talk about/eat at the table!


Lora November 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm

What a fabulous idea. I love the turkey. If I were as talented as you at cookies I would attempt them this year.


Karen @ Trilogy Edibles November 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Don’t you just love these cutters. I bought both big and small in each at CookieCon, love! and I love your turkey. super cute. Great idea for the place card settings too


Stephanie November 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

so awesome!!!! I want to make place card cookies for our xmas dinner too. What a great idea


Melissa@EyesBigger November 8, 2012 at 12:46 am

oh my gosh these are sooooo cute! I love them! and what fun with the markers to share what you’re thankful for.


Georganne November 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

Paula — these are FANTASTIC!! I love the sharp black lines and you are right — those shapes are PERFECT for name cards!!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

How cute!! I’d skip right to dessert with this place card ;)


Paula November 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

This is such a clever idea. I love anything that reminds us to be thankful!


Christine (Cook the Story) November 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

These are such a great idea! I’m not hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner this year but am hosting several Christmas Dinners. Cookie place cards are going to be on my list of things to do for sure!


HAni November 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

These are adorable. I love cookie place cards!


The Partiologist November 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm

These are just the cutest placecards – every guest will be VERY thankful!


Sue {munchkin munchies} November 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

This is such a perfect idea, Paula! If I don’t get it done for Thanksgiving, there’s always Christmas:)


TidyMom November 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

These are so stinkin’ adorable Paula!!

Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up
Have a great rest of the weekend


Cariann McCready November 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm

What a great idea! I am sharing this on my Facebook page I am also going to show my mother in law as Thanksgiving dinner is at her house this year.


Jessica @ bake me away! November 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Such clever, cute cookies! I can never get over how perfectly you’re able to pipe. Your hand must be the steadiest!


Jacquee November 12, 2012 at 7:38 am

Awesome, Paula! How you write that small and neat is beyond me.


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