How To Make Fall Leaf Cut Out Cookies

If there’s one thing we love about fall, it’s the infusion of tons of new flavors. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove can make the most delicious change on some of the simplest dishes. Case in point: these fall leaf cut out cookies. Don’t let their simplicity fool you. They’re everything fall and more. You can decorate the cookies in cinnamon sugar, festive royal icing or leave as is. Whatever your  autumn-loving heart desires, go for it! Follow along with our online pastry school chef and see how she makes the most delicious fall leaf cut out cookies.

Short Dough Ingredients
8 oz cake flour
9 oz bread flour
¼ tsp salt
11 oz butter
12 oz sugar
2 oz egg yolks
½ tsp vanilla extract

Short Dough Directions
1. Mix the dry ingredients with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Chill the dough.

2. Roll and cut into desired shapes and bake until golden brown around the edges at 350 degrees-about 20 minutes-depending on the size of the cookie.

3. Allow the cookies to cool and decorate with royal icing

fall-cutout-web-47Royal Icing Ingredients
1 lb powdered sugar
3 oz egg whites
¼ tsp clear vanilla

Royal Icing Directions
1. Sift the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl and gradually add the egg whites using the paddle attachment until the mixture is light and a toothpaste like consistency. Cover with a damp cloth and plastic wrap while using because the icing will dry.

2. Outline the cookies with the royal icing using a small round pastry tube. Thin down the royal icing with water until it is a thick syrup-like consistency and use this icing to flood the inside of the cookie. Let dry and decorate with desired colors of royal icing.

Let your creativity run wild with the autumn inspiration.

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