Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A whole day dedicated to friends, family and food sounds just about right. I am never really sure what to eat leading up to the big dinner though. Should I have a big breakfast or eat as little as possible and save room? Should I have lunch? What time is dinner anyway? 2? 3? 4? No one’s ever sure. Whatever I choose, I always end us with a growling stomach for a few hours. I’m like a kid the night before Christmas. All this deliciousness just hours away… Today’s project is a cute way to sneak in a snack before dinner – Place Card Cookies! Here is how to make them:

Thanksgiving Place Card Cookies
 

makes 8 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Orange food coloring

Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
  2. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  3. Unwrap your dough and cut out your cookies. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges start to turn a light golden color.
  4. In a microwave-proof glass measuring cup, mix ¼ cup of corn syrup with ½ cup sugar. Microwave for 90 seconds. Mix and add food coloring. Microwave for another 90 seconds. Pour into each cookie.

To make the dough, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy in texture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add all the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together. Roll out your dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350°F.

To shape your cookies, start by cutting out large fluted circles:

I am using these:

Cuisipro Fluted Cookie Cutters Set of 5

Using pie cutters, punch out seasonal shapes out of each cookie. I like the way the acorn looked the most:

Basic tiny cutters like this one will work just fine too:

Acorn Cookie Cutter

 To personalize each cookie, I am using my trusted letter cookie stamps:

Here is a super affordable set (under $5) if you don’t already own one:

Estone Biscuit Cookie Alphabet Stamp

Using a wooden skewer, poke a hole into each cookie:

Bake your cookies for 12 minutes or until the edges start to turn a light golden color.

To create the stained-glass effect in the acorn, in a microwave-proof glass measuring cup, mix 1/4 cup of corn syrup with 1/2 cup sugar. Microwave for 90 seconds:

Mix and add food coloring. Microwave for another 90 seconds:

Place your cookies on a silicone mat for easy release. Pour some of the melted sugar syrup into each cookie:

Let cool completely. If you live in a humid area (most likely this time of year), store your cookies in a single layer in an airtight container.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!