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Cute Cornucopia Cookies for Thanksgiving

For a sweet setting, arrange cookie-filled cornucopias on each plate at your thanksgiving table. Insert decorative slips of paper with names in the fruit, and these may double as placecards.

  • cookie dough (my go-to cookie recipes)
  • royal icing
  • 1-inch circle cookie or fondant cutter
  • food coloring
  • 5 decorating bags
  • 5 couplers
  • assorted decorating tips (sizes “2,” “3,” and “4”)
  • rubber bands
  • ice cream cones

Find the circle cookie cutter at the craft store, likely as part of a set of circles. (I also used a 1 ¼-inch circle for the pumpkins, but you may use the same 1-inch circle used for the fruit.)

Check out my easy tutorial for basic instructions on decorating cookies.


Bake your cookies. Roll out chilled cookie dough, cut out mini circles (about 6 to 8 for each cone) and bake according to the recipe. NOTE: For pears, pinch the top of the mini circle a bit before baking.

Prepare your icing. Prepare royal icing, divide and tint your colors: brown, red, green, yellow and orange. Prepare decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with your colors and close tightly with rubber bands.

Decorate your pumpkins and fruit. Decorate apples, pumpkins and pears. For each, pipe a brown stem with a size “2” tip. Then pipe an apple, pumpkin or pear outline with a size “3” tip in red or yellow, orange and green, respectively, as shown below.




Let set about 15 minutes. Change the tips on the red or yellow, orange and green to size “4” and fill the fruit.  With a size “3” tip green, pipe leaves on the apples, if desired. Let the cookies dry well, preferably overnight.

Arrange your cornucopias. Fill an ice cream cone with cookies and arrange on each plate.

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