Fall Leaf Cookies

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Have you made FALL LEAF COOKIES yet? If you haven’t made these with your kids, I encourage you to take an afternoon and make some Fall Leaf Cookies together!  There are lots of  recipes for making Fall Leaf Cookies,  they’ve been around a long time! I use to make them way back with my kids but recently I made these with my sister and her kids, and had such a great time together. I didn’t get many photos of the process as too much fun was happening and I got wrapped into the fun with them.

Any sugar cookie recipe will work for them. Below is my tried and true recipe for Sugar Cookies; we use it for everything from Christmas cookies to Valentine hearts! I don’t know where I collected it from, but it’s stood the test of time for my brood.  Also below is my chocolate frosting recipe that tastes just like creamy store bought but without the chemicals. Any leftover frosting can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.   (…….and leftover chocolate frosting is tasty spread on graham crackers, in case you didn’t know!)

First, make the cookie dough..

Fall Leaf Cookies - It's A Delight.com

Sugar Cookies
2   1/4 C  powdered sugar
1 ½ C butter (not margarine)
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
¾ tsp. almond extract (adds very good flavor)
2 small eggs or 1 very large egg
3¾ C all-purpose unbleached flour
1½ tsp. baking soda
1½ tsp. cream of tartar

Beat butter, sugar, extracts and eggs together until very creamy. Set aside this mixture.  In a new bowl,  Stir flour and soda and cream of tartar together.  Then beating the creamed mixture on low, gradually add in your flour mixture.

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Divide cookie dough into four bowls (we did orange, red, brown and yellow)  and color your dough using cake dye, stirring it in with a spatula. Make your colors a bit brighter than desired as they fade a little when the dough is baked.  It’s best to color the dough now, because if you try to color it after you chill it, trust me, it’s much more difficult… and messier! So even if you’re in a hurry to whip a batch of dough up and pop it in the fridge so it’s ready later  in the afternoon, color it first now before you chill it!

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Now you have your wonderful fall colors of cookie dough and it needs to be refrigerated  for  about three hours or overnight, so it will roll out easy for the kiddos.

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Once your dough is chilled, let the kids pinch off pieces of each color and smoosh them together to form a colorful dough. Roll to the right thickness and let them cut out as many leaves from that piece as they can. This is like playing with PlayDough and I don’t know any kids of any age that wouldn’t enjoy this!

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Next, you bake the cut out cookies at 325 degrees until golden, but not browned. Remove to wire rack immediately, and let cool completely.  Then you can make chocolate frosting to pipe for the leaf veins.

Our Favorite Chocolate Frosting
2 2/3 C powdered sugar
2/3 C butter (not margarine)
1/3 C baking cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 – 4 Tbsp. of milk

Beat all ingredients except the milk in a small mixing bowl and cream it well for at least a minute or two.
Now add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until it’s nice and spreadable.  I usually use about 3 tablespoons, I want it to pipe out of the frosting bags easily for the kids. This frosting can also be thinned by adding water instead of milk for those who are dairy-free. This frosting is really a no-fail recipe and is so versatile.

Now using a number 2 frosting tip, pipe on veins and outline the edges of your leaf cookies.

Fall Leaf Cookies - It's A Delight.com

Beautiful and delicious -  Your kids will love making them!

Delightfully Yours, Annette

 

 

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