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The Doughboy's Favorite Way of Giving Thanks: Gratitude Cookies

Updated November 15, 2019
Frosted sugar cookies with writing on them; The Pillsbury Doughboy
When it comes to giving thanks, the Doughboy does it the best way he knows how: with cookies!

Take a page straight from the Doughboy’s playbook and start a new family tradition: Gratitude Cookies! Bake up a fresh batch of Pillsbury™ sugar cookies, top each one with smooth royal icing, and have everyone in the family write with edible markers what they’re most thankful for on each cookie. It’s a great opportunity to be together, every cookie will start a conversation and—best of all—everyone gets a sweet treat! (We call that a triple win.)

How to Make Gratitude Cookies

Kids writing on frosted sugar cookies

What better way to celebrate being thankful than with a craft you can enjoy making with your kids and enjoy eating? Our foolproof method for making gratitude cookies is as easy as 1-2-3.

Step One: Bake Cookies

Bake up a package or two of Pillsbury™ Ready to Bake!™ sugar cookies. Let the cookies cool completely (you can sneak a sampling of one or two in the meantime—we won’t tell anyone).

Expert Tip
Expert Tip
Bake your cookies and set up a crafting station the day before so everything is ready to decorate when you are.

Step Two: Decorate!

Want to know how to make the best homemade icing for your cookies before writing on them? We’ve put together a proven method for the easiest way to decorate cookies with royal icing—but you can use packaged cookie icing for an easy shortcut.

Once the icing is fully set, it’s time to decorate! Cover a table with newspaper (especially important for little decorators wielding markers) and set out edible ink pens for everyone to use to write or draw what they’re thankful for on each cookie.

Calling All Cookie Artists!
Calling All Cookie Artists!
We love to use these marker-like edible ink pens from Wilton to decorate our gratitude cookies! They come in a variety of colors so cookie artists of all ages can get creative.

Make it Colorful: We used a plain white royal icing to really make the writing pop, but you can add gel food coloring to your icing to tint it to any shade you or your kiddos want!

Step Three: Eat and Enjoy

Our favorite part—time to eat your cookies! Pair your sweet treats with fun conversations about what you wrote on the cookies and why. This is a great time to share with your favorite people the meaning and importance of gratitude on Thanksgiving and beyond.

Frosted cookies with writing

More Ways to Show Gratitude

The Doughboy believes being thankful isn’t just part of a season; it’s a way of life. And since we definitely agree, here are more grateful-themed crafts for you and your family to enjoy not only on Thanksgiving, but any time of year!

It all starts with the cookies!
It all starts with the cookies!
Stock your fridge or freezer with Pillsbury™ Ready to Bake!™ sugar cookies now, and enjoy sweet cookie-crafting sessions all holiday season.