I love fall baking and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to bake for. This year's Thanksgiving cookies included turkeys, pumpkins, pilgrim hats, fall leaves, and maize. Thanksgiving was the first holiday I started making sugar cookies for last year and I feel like my technique has improved a great deal since last year. Every time I work with royal icing I feel like I learn something new and my decorating skills keep improving.
When making this many cookies I've learned that the most important thing is to have a plan and know ahead of time what colors you're using before starting to decorate. This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Keeping the cookies in the same color scheme and reusing some of the icing colors on different cookies will keep decorating more simple and help make the cookies look more cohesive.
The maize or Native American corn is my favorite cookie. Maize is very common in the New England area, but I'm not sure if you find in other parts of the country. These cookies took the longest to make but they were totally worth it. Each kernel had to be individually made and the red and orange had to made separate from from the yellow kernels so that the colors didn't bleed. I used a #3 to make the kernels.
I really love how all the cookies look together and was so happy with how they came out! I just can't believe that Thanksgiving is over and it is time to start planning Christmas cookies.
In the next few days I'll be posting other Thanksgiving themed baked goods! Stay tunned!