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Fall Leaf Sugar Cookies Recipe

I love to make sugar cookies, they are easy and people are always so impressed by them. One of my favorite times of year to make them is in the fall when the leaves are changing. Here is how to make your own fall leaf cookies that reflect the season.

swirl effect fall leaf cookies

First I make a batch of sugar cookie dough up. I make it the day before so it is a little easier to work with.

Karen’s Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1 cup of margarine
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Beat the margarine and sugar add the eggs, vanilla and milk. Beat in the baking powder and flour. Place your dough on to some wax paper or parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and chill at least two hours (I chill mine overnight).

Roll out the dough to your desired thickness (you will need to flour your work space and your rolling pin. Cut out your shapes and bake 10-12 minutes at 350 until the edges of the cookies are slightly golden brown.

Let cool completely before icing.

Swirled Icing Recipe

  • 2 cups of icing sugar
  • 1tbsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 1 tbsp of cream of tartar
  • Food coloring ( I used gel color for the orange and I used liquid food coloring for red and green)

In a bowl place your icing sugar, vanilla and cream of tartar. Add your water and mix it in to the icing sugar, if you find your icing is not “liquid-y” enough you can add more water, if you think it is not thick enough you can add more icing sugar.

I like mine the consistency of white craft glue but you may like yours thinner.

Take out ¾ cup of the icing and place it in a small bowl that you can dip the cookies into this will be the red and green bowl.

Color the remaining icing orange this will be the bowl you first dip your cookies into. If you have not worked with gel food coloring before, only add a little bit of color on a toothpick to your icing at a time. Use a clean tooth pick each time to add color to your icing with out contaminating the gel color.

 Next add a few drops of red and green to your bowl in different places in the bowl and swirl with a tooth pick.

Dip your cookies one at a time in the orange bowl of icing first. Then immediately dip in the red and green icing mix and place on a cooling rack over wax paper to dry. It will take at least 45 minutes for your icing to set. Repeat with remaining cookies. If you find you want more color to your red and green bowl you can keep adding drops of color through out the process. I added more red and green 4 times while making my cookies.

This recipe will make at least 5 dozen 2 inch cookies, but it all depends on the size of the cookie cutter you use.

These cookies look great on any plate, platter or in any lunch box. They are very easy to make and are always a crowd-pleaser!

By Karen Owen of KarenMomofThree’sCraftBlog

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8 Responses to Fall Leaf Sugar Cookies Recipe

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  2. Eva says:

    The recipe says to add milk but it doesn’t say how much??? Can anybody help?? I was wanting to make them tonight.

  3. karenmomofthree says:

    Hi Eva, it is only 1 tbsp of Milk, Thank you for catching that, it doesn’t make a huge difference but it is only 1 tbsp.

  4. Michelle says:

    Hi there. Love the look of your pretty cookies! Just wondering if you dip the cookies on both sides or just the one side. any technique suggestions??? Thanks for the help!! They r fab!

  5. Char says:

    Just the one side, but you could certainly do both.

  6. Jane says:

    Whew! Glad someone already asked about the milk!!! I’m in the middle of making the dough now and freaked … well, maybe not freaked… felt challenged about the milk! I can hardly wait to “frost” them tomorrow!

  7. Jane says:

    Now I’m wondering about the frosting. 3/4 C water is way too much.

  8. karenmomofthree says:

    I promise the 3/4 cup is not, you can re dip the cookies over time to get the colors you like, the frosting will dry on the cookie.