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. For products used in this and other tutorials, visit the recommended products page.
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.
medium consistency royal icing.
gold dust and alcohol.
Then I added a thin line of gold all the way around the edge of the cookie.
Here’s a video of this process: