With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to celebrate fall and all its goodies. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Fall are falling leaves. Leaf cookies are cute but they tend to look flat. Here is a easy project to give leaf cookies that just-fallen-off-the-tree look:

For the cookie dough, we are using our Basic Sugar Cookie recipe (follow link for detailed recipe instructions).

Falling Leaves Cookies

  • 12 tbsp butter (1½ sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2½ cups flour

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and any flavorings and mix on medium speed to incorporate.
  3. Add the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.

Start by cutting your cookies:

Using a pairing knife, score each leaf cookie to add veins:

 Now here comes the trick. To add movement to these leaves, we are going to bake them on a wavy base. Here is how to make it: Take a paper towel roll and cut it in half:

Split those rolls into half pipes and place on a baking sheet:

Cover with parchment paper:

Now place your leaf cookies over and in between the bumps:

Bake at 350°F for 11 minutes.

Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet
before moving them.