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Turtle sugar cookies with buttercream frosting

So, good news! My cookie cutter worked!!! I was able to make a batch of red eared slider turtle cookies for my coworker’s last day.

I may have gone a little overboard when I was piping the frosting, but it was my first time using the little tip and I was just so excited to decorate them!

I won’t lie, these cookies take a long time to make.  I started these on Sunday and did one or two steps every day, finishing at 10:30 PM Tuesday night. If you need a quick and easy cookie recipe, I would find a less labor intensive one. But if you have the time and creativity they are so much fun!

This recipe will work for any cookie cutter, obviously!

Cut-out sugar cookie recipe (adapted from here)

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

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DIY cookie cutters

As I mentioned in my About Me section, I work in a University lab studying turtles.

Their vestibular systems, to be exact.

Looks like this

One of my coworkers is going back to graduate school this fall, and his last day is this Wednesday. I knew that I had to make him some turtle shaped cookies, but the problem was I couldn’t find any cookie cutters. (Amazingly, it was the one shape that was left out of my box of 100 cookie cutters)

So I decided to make my own!

What you will need:

  • A sheet of cheap aluminum cookware (I got a cookie sheet)
  • good scissors
  • a ruler
  • a pen
  • a picture of your desired shape (I printed one because I was in a lazy mood, but feel free to draw your own)
  • Electrical tape, or other thick tape

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