Cookies that look like leaves in the Fall are the perfect way to add beautiful color to a set of cookies this time of year! I really enjoy making them, but after making so many, I wanted to try a new approach. Let me show you what I came up with… It was lots of fun to do!
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The icing on these cookies was purposely cracked to replicate a dry crinkled leaf. I have a big beautiful maple tree outside of my office window and I did my best to match the colors in these cookies to the beautiful red of the maple leaves.
Preparing The Cookies
I used my very favorite sugar cookie recipe for these, Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies.
To cut the leaves, you can use any leaf shape you would like or that you have on hand. Here is one similar to what I used.
Preparing The Icing
Once your cookies are baked and ready to decorate, prepare your icing. Here is the recipe for my royal icing.
Just keep it white and thin it to a thick flood consistency. I know it’s ready when the icing smooths out when I tap and shake the bowl.
Decorating The Cookies
Before you read through the details, check out the video of how these cookies came together.
Using a tipless piping bag filled with icing outline and immediately flood the cookies. Don’t pipe the stem just yet. Then, place them in a dehydrator or your oven at the lowest possible temperature for 15 minutes. This is the method I use, and my oven’s lowest temperature is 170 degrees. As soon as it reaches this temp. I shut the oven off.
Allow the cookies to sit out on the counter for 15-20 minutes after they come out of the oven. Next, take a sheet of wax paper and crinkle it up in a ball. Open it back up and place over top of one cookie at a time. Very carefully and gently press into the icing so that the surface of the icing cracks and breaks.
When all the cookies were ready for paint, I mixed different shades of red using Edible Art Paint with red, orange, black, and brown. If you do not have Edible Art Paint and don’t wish to purchase it, you can use gel color (food coloring) mixed with a little bit of Everclear or clear vanilla.
I painted the colors all over the surface of the cookie. Just have fun with it. Then, immediately brush the color off with a paintbrush dipped in Everclear or clear vanilla. The paint will stay dark within the cracks of the icing. It will be lighter everywhere else.
If you find the cookie looks streaky, take a large (dry) dusting brush and just sweep it over the cookie. It will take away any streaks you may see.
When the paint has dried, it’s time to add your stems. I took the stem up over the bottom of the leaf ever so slightly.
When the stem is dry, take the darkest color you used on the cookies earlier and paint the stem and add veins.cookies, leaf cookie,
When the paint is dry, your cookies are complete!
Happy Decorating! xoxo, Katie