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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?—