Fall Leaves Sugar Cookies

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sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnWarren and I toy around with the idea of living in a state where we can see the seasons change. A place that will allow us to feel the leaves crunch below our feet as we take our evening walks and watch as tree-lined streets transition from a cool green to a warm red-orange-yellow when October rolls around. Living in Southern California certainly has its perks, but when the rest of the country begins to experience crisp and cool air, golden colors, and a true autumn, we get a little envious.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnAs I write this, the first week of October has passed and it is a whopping 80°F. We had a couple days of rain which cooled Los Angeles down a little, but the heat rebounded without a blink. Nonetheless, my spirit is in full Fall mode and until we transition to a state where we can count on cooler weather by the last quarter of the year, these Fall sugar cookies are enough to transport me to a part of the nation that is currently experiencing the autumn glow.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnAdmittedly, I am a wannabe creative person. Coming up with creative ideas is something I have to try to do. The idea for these leaves was pulled from the October 2006 issue of Country Living magazine. I guess what I lack in creativity I make up for in magazine hoarding :/ I love sugar cookies and always have, so when I stumbled upon a simple yet creative idea like this one, I couldn’t bare to put it in the recycle pile.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnTo make your own Fall sugar cookies, simply make a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe, divide evenly into thirds and tint each portion. Then, create a patchwork of rolled out dough and cut away!

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnBelow is how I made mine.

Begin by creaming together butter and powdered sugar.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnThen, add in an egg, some vanilla, flour and baking powder.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnMix until you get a soft and non-stick dough.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnDivide the dough into thirds.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnTint each third with a color gel. I began with a little bit of color because it is very concentrated and simply added more until I reached the desired color.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnI added brown to darken a color I liked.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnI worked in batches, creating a 3×3 square pattern of alternating colors..

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnsugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnRoll out the dough to about ¼” thick.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnAnd cut out leaves where the colors intersect and bake away.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnsugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnThen, instead of taking the scraps and rolling it into a ball of dough, maintain the sheets and patch them together.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnThen, roll it out again, cut and bake.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnThe more times you repeat this, the more natural the patchwork will become.

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnI sent these off with Warren to work and they disappeared in under an hour. Maybe double the recipe?

sugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumnsugar cookies, fall, leaves, holiday baking, autumn

Fall Leaves Sugar Cookies
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Basic Sugar Cookie
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  2. 1 1/2 Cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
  3. 1 egg, room temperature
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
Basic Sugar Cookie
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on low-medium speed (I set it to 4 on my KitchenAid).
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and extract.
  4. Scrape down the creamed butter from the sides of the bowl and add the egg mixture. Mix on low (I set it to 2 on my KitchenAid) until combined.
  5. Add the flour and baking powder and mix on the lowest setting (I set it to "stir" on my KitchenAid).
  6. Roll out the dough to about ¼” thick and cut out into desired shapes. Transfer to the prepared cookie sheet, spacing about ½-1” apart. Bake for 7-9 minutes.
To make the Fall Leaves
  1. Divide the dough into thirds.
  2. Tint each third with a color gel. Begin with a little bit of color and simply add more until the desired color is reached.
  3. Working in batches, create a 3x3 square pattern of alternating colors.
  4. Roll out the dough to about ¼” thick and cut out leaves where the colors intersect. Transfer to the prepared cookie sheet, spacing about ½-1” apart and bake.
  5. Maintain the scraps as sheets and patch them together.
  6. Roll it out again, cut and bake.
  7. Repeat.
Adapted from Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle
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5 comments

  1. Ines says:

    Hi Patty, I am new to your site and have just been exploring and am loving your photos and posts! I don’t seem to be able to find the actual recipes with quantities and such…what am I doing wrong? Thanks for your help and keep up the great work!

    • The PKP Way says:

      Hi Ines and welcome! Thank you for bringing this to my attention. What device are you using and on which browser? While I look into this, please let me know which recipe you’d like and I’ll send it to you!

  2. CakePants says:

    What a beautiful and creative cookie!! These are so festive I can hardly stand it. I definitely remember feeling fall weather envy when I lived in LA…I remember wearing shorts in December and January and just thinking it felt *wrong*. Even if you don’t move to another state, perhaps you could make an annual leaf-peeping trip! I highly recommend northern Michigan :)

    • The PKP Way says:

      Exactly. I just read a post where the blogger was talking about wearing a scarf and cranking up her heater…I’m still in shorts! Annual leaf-peeping trips sound perfect! That way, I’ll never stop appreciating them :) Just got back from Nashville where we got to enjoy some multi-colored leaves :) Michigan is definitely on our must-go list. Hopefully we can make it sooner rather than later :D

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