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Cute Apple Spice Leaf Cookies

Cute Apple Spice Leaf Cookies

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I adore all things fall – if you have been following me for any time at all, you already know that. I even had a fall wedding – which was perfect over 25 years ago. These whimsical apple spice leaf cookies have the flavor of my wedding cake, but the adorable faces to make anyone happy.

Cute Apple Spice Leaf Cookies

Don’t be scared off by the long looking list of ingredients and instructions. They are really easier to make than you think – and are so worth the effort!

Cute Apple Spice Leaf Cookies

You will need :

  • 2 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C, light brown sugar
  • 1/4 C pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 5 C flour + 2 C to roll the dough
  • 1 tsp salt

Cookie Cutter : Variety of leaf cookie cutters

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • Using a standing mixer, cream the butter and 2 sugars together
  • Add pumpkin purée and eggs while slowly mixing.
  • Add vanilla extract and mix.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the 5 cups of flour apple pie spice and salt until combined
  • Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until combined
  • Scoop dough out onto a floured surface
  • Knead in 1/2 C of flour
  • Roll out dough to 1/8 inch in thickness
  • Cut out shapes and place onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart
  • Place cookie sheet into the oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely

Icing ingredients :

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1/2 C powder sugar
  • Orange, Brown, pink, black and golden yellow gel food coloring
  • 5 disposable piping bags fitted with a number 2 tip
  • 3 squeeze bottles

Royal Icing Directions:

  • Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form
  • Split icing into 5 bowls
  • Add a few drops of Orange into one of the bowls
  • Add a few drops of brown into the second bowl
  • Add a few drops of golden yellow into the third bowl
  • Add a few drops of pink into the fourth bowl
  • Add a few drops of black into the fifth bowl
  • Mix until the colors are blended and the shades you want
  • Scoop about 1/4 C of icing into their own bags
  • Add 2-4 tsp of water into the remaining brown, orange and yellow icing bowls and mix until combined
  • Pour the icing’s into squeeze bottles
  • Outline the leaf cookies like shown in the sample image
  • Fill in the cookies with the thinned icing colors
  • Allow to dry completely over night
  • Using the black piping bag, pipe the details of the faces onto the cookies
  • Using the pink icing, pipe pink dots for the cheeks
  • Allow to dry for one hour before enjoying!

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