These Mini Autumn Leaf Cookies are a super cute, delicious and fun way to serve up a classic dessert! They will add a fabulous splash of color to your holiday table centerpiece as well as satisfy those salivating taste buds! Please beware, there are several steps and processes to these cookies. However, do not let that turn you away from giving them a shot. They are really not that complicated to make and are totally worth the effort to make them from scratch.
Mini Autumn Leaf Cookies
Let’s start out with the ingredients and directions for the delicious sugar cookie! I highly recommend measuring and prepping things in advance so the steps are easier to manage. Some great additions in your kitchen for making these mini autumn leaf cookies and other iced sugar cookies are a simple cake decorating kit with all the tips for designs you need, and some wire racks to cool the cookies on.
Ingredients: 5 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
- Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth and not grainy to the touch. A stand mixer or hand mixer is perfect for this.
- Nex you will add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together then add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
- Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap covering all the dough and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Dough should be firm.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit on counter for around a half hour to soften. Flour your counter or cutting board lightly. You may want to dust your cutting board and the top of the dough lightly wih flour as well.
- Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using your mini leaf cookie cutter begin to make your cookies. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a metal spatula move the cut cookie to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked. Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely. (About 10 minutes).
Now to make the tasty Royal Icing!
2 egg whites
1 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Orange, brown, red and gold yellow gel food coloring
- Combine all ingredients except food coloring into a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. If icing is not stiff enough add an extra 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Divide icing into 4 small bowls to use for
- Bowl #1 , add several drops of brown gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended. Bowl #2, add several drops of orange gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended. Bowl #3, add several drops of red gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended. Bowl#4, add several drops of yellow gold gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
- Spoon each of the icings into individual frosting bags with a #5 tips…. twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
Constructing the Mini Autumn Leaves!
- First step for each of the leaf cookies outline it in the color you prefer. Doing this in an assembly method will make it go much faster. Allow the icing outline at least 30 seconds to dry before filling the body of the cookie in with the other the rest of the icing. (After outlining all of these leaf cookies you can push some the remaining icing into a bowl and add the 1 tsp of water and mix well to get the right consistency.) Leave some of the icing in the frosting bag for additional accent work on each of the leaves. Using a butter knife to spread it from the outlined part inwards to the center.
- Repeat this process with each color.
- Set these aside and allow to completely dry about 4 hours.
These mini autum leaf cookies and a fun and tasty iced sugar cookie choice everyone will love at your holiday gatherings.
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