Thanksgiving Cookie Votives
Serves: 12 votives
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 25 orange lifesaver candies, crushed
  • ½ lb. confectioners’ sugar, about 2 cups
  • 1 Tablespoon dried egg whites or meringue powder
  • 3 ½ to 4 Tablespoons warm water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder together. In a separate bowl mix the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and cocoa. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until well combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
  2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to approximately ⅙” thickness. Stamp out 48 cookies using a rectangle cookie cutter that measures 3” x 2 ¼” and place on parchment lined baking sheets. Using Thanksgiving themed miniature cookie cutters approximately 1” in diameter, cut out the center of each cookie. Bake for 5 minutes then remove from the oven and evenly sprinkle ½ tsp. of crushed orange lifesaver candy into the center cut-out of each cookie. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before decorating and assembling, at least 1 hour.
  3. Combine confectioners’ sugar and dried egg whites/meringue powder in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Set on low speed. Add the water gradually and mix for 8-10 minutes until thick. Transfer the icing to a piping bag or squeeze bottle fitted with a #2 piping tip. On the bottom/underside of 1 cookie pipe a line of icing on the right hand edge. Stand the cookie up and press the side edge of another cookie into the line of icing and press to adhere. Use a spice bottle to prop and hold up the cookies while they dry and set. Repeat this procedure with the remaining cookies. You should end up with 24 pairs of cookies in total. Let all the cookies dry and set at least 6 hours or overnight then glue the pairs of cookies together to form 12 square, bottomless votives. Let these dry and set 6 hours or overnight. To decorate the outside lay each votive on its side and pipe beads of icing along the seams. Let the icing dry at least 6 hours then flip each votive over and repeat the process on the opposite side of the votives. The last step is to pipe beads of icing along all 4 top edges of each votive. Light the votives with small battery operated tea light candles.
Cookie dough recipe from - Brownie roll-out cookies.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 votive (4 cookies) Calories: 475, Fat: 17g, Saturated fat: 10g, Unsaturated fat: 7g, Trans fat: 1g, Carbohydrates: 71g, Sugar: 44g, Sodium: 240mg, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 12g, Cholesterol: 72mg
Recipe by Queen of My Kitchen at