Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Leaf Cookies

These are my favorite leaf design cookies. They are so colorful and remind me of fall. Well, not my fall. It's currently forecasted to be 101 today again. Hopefully these fall cookies will entice fall to make an appearance in Texas. One can hope.

And this week starts the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies blog hop. I'm a little late to the party but better late than never, right? Thanks to Brenda from Meal Planning Magic for hosting the party. I am super excited to baking with you all!

I know it's supposed to be Christmas cookies but this is one of my tried and true cutout sugar cookie recipes and can be easily used in any season. I can also see myself making Christmas trees using this effect with white coloring to create snow on the trees. Ohh, a new idea!! How early is too early to be making Christmas tree cookies? :)


I used a copper color as a base and then took my food coloring and brushed it on to make the various color designs. I initially saw these made using a sponge brush from Ellie's Bites @ http://elliesbitesdecoratedcookies.wordpress.com/ but I didn't have any sponge brushes on hand for food painting. So I thought for a bit and came up with these. So easy and very colorful!




Sugar Cookie Recipe
from All in One Bake Shop

Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp vanilla or vanilla bean paste
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
  • Let butter come to room temperature. 
  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and milk and mix until smooth.
  • Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture and mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix!
  • Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness between 2 pieces of parchment paper and then refrigerate for at least an hour. 
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cut shapes using your favorite cookie cutter and place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. 
  • Bake 12-14 minutes until bottoms and edges are slightly brown. 
  • Let cool completely and then decorate with royal icing. 

Makes 36 medium size cookies.




4 comments:

  1. Tracy, these are an absolute work of art!

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  2. Wow... what awesome cookies! So pretty. I think this blog hop will be fun!

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