Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

Happy Thanksgiving fellow Canadians! I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend with family and friends and have enjoyed the beautiful smells of fall and autumn colours. I had a lovely weekend up north enjoying wonderful company, scenic walks, and delicious food. 
To start off the Thanksgiving weekend, I made some delicious gluten free sugar cookies. I found a sugar cookie recipe off the Canadian Living website, and just tweaked it to make it gluten free. The addition of candy corn and a few chocolate chips give the cookie a cute Thanksgiving turkey feel!
Thanksgiving “Turkey” Sugar Cookies 
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/3 cups gluten free all-purpose flour 
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt 
Candy corn 
Royal icing 
Mini chocolate chips
In a large bowl combine butter and sugar, beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl mix together the gluten free flour, baking powder and salt. Transfer the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Divide the dough into two, flatten into discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm – for about an hour and a half. *(You can refrigerate the dough for up to 24 hours).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 
Once the dough is firm enough to roll, dust a wooden cutting board or counter top with gluten free flour and roll dough until 1/4 inch thick. Using round cookie cutters, cut out cookies. Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes until cookies are golden around the edges. Let cookies completely cool before decorating. 
To create a turkey decorated cookie, use the royal icing (I used Betty Crocker Cake Mate Cookie Icing – you could also make your own royal icing and pipe it yourself) as your “glue” to stick 5-7 candy corn pieces on the top of the cookie, to create a “feathered” look. Place the candy corn pieces tips down (pointed ends facing down). Next, make 2 dots using the royal icing for eyes – stick the chocolate chips on the dots. Finally, create a beak and feet on the bottom of the cookie with the icing. 
Let the icing on the cookies set before stacking.  

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