Fall Leaves Cookies

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I made these fall leaves cookies for my dad’s birthday, which happens to be during the most colorful time of the season here in upstate New York.


I used these leaf cookie cutters that I got during my last trip to NY Cake. You can read all about that in this post.


I decided to paint directly onto the cookie rather than icing it first, because I liked how the texture of the surface made the leaf look more natural. My Orange Vanilla Spice cookie recipe is available in my tutorial shop.

To paint the leaves, I used 4 different gel paste colors and mixed them with a few drops of Bacardi 151. This is the same process that I use for painting with gold luster dust.


I used Wilton lemon yellow, Americolor tulip red, Americolor chocolate brown and Wilton juniper green from the garden tone set.



Once I painted the cookie, I piped the veins with a tip 1 and medium consistency royal icing.



I allowed the icing to dry for about 2 hours, then painted the veins with a mixture of gold dust and alcohol. Read more about this process in my post on how to make gold royal icing.



Then I added a thin line of gold all the way around the edge of the cookie.



Wouldn’t these be so pretty on a Thanksgiving dessert table?

Click on the images below for more cookie decorating tutorials!            Halloween7 denim-and-plaid-pumpkin-cookies2 SweetAmbs-Fall-Leaves2

43 thoughts on “Fall Leaves Cookies

  1. I sent an email a few ago, but have received no reply. In regards to using Bacardi 151, where can I find this? Does it have to be clear? Our local liquor store has it, but they still it by the fifth and it is not clear.

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  3. These are simply beautiful. Could I hand paint a Christmas tree cookies the same way piping in branches and maybe some Christmas balls ?

  4. I really love your work, watching your tutorials inspires me to get inside my kitchen and start being creative. watching your fall leaves video really blow me away. what is that song you have playing? Thank you

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