Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Leaf Cookie Tutorial

Fall Leaf cookies are one of my all-time favorites to make.

They also happen to be the cookie that I am most often asked to create a tutorial for.


Here you go!

These cookies aren't difficult, you just need to move quickly.

Here's what you'll need!

Start with your favorite Sugar Cookie recipe,
(you can find my favorite HERE)
and bake a variety of leaf shapes.

Icing colors are up to you.

I used (americolor gels):

Lemon yellow with gold
Warm Brown with a touch of black
Chocolate Brown with a touch of black

(Piping and Flood consistency for all colors)

Choose three colors for each leaf.

Outline your cookies with piping icing and a number 2 or 3 tip.

Let dry....about 20 minutes or so.

Flood the outer rim of your cookie with the same color as your outline,

exaggerating the inner corners of your leaf just a bit.

IMMEDIATELY (seriously, don't get up and change the channel)
flood with your next color.

I like this ring to be slightly thicker than the first.

Fill in the middle and then grab a toothpick.

(right away!!!  don't let it dry!)

Starting with your toothpick in the center of the cookie,
drag it through all three layers out to the top point of your leaf.

You will make the same motion for each point,

wiping off your toothpick between swipes.

Halfway there!

Then, starting at the edge of your cookie,

drag your toothpick between the points into the center.

(keep wiping off that toothpick)

Don't forget to come up from the bottom too!

Let it dry!

That's it!!

Easy-peasy right!?

I cut the stems off of these particular leaves 
because they were going to be shipped and I knew they would break.

If your cookies have a stem, just pipe one on with your number 3 tip!

I hope you'll try to make these yourselves!

Oh,  and if you don't mind, I have a quick question.....

what kind of tutorial would you like to see next?

Happy Fall Y'all!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like...

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Royal Icing Recipe

Pumpkin and Chocolate Pie Cookies!

Thanks for stopping by! Lizy B


  1. Perfect timing! I have lots of leaf cookies to decorate next weekend and now have a decorating plan! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yay! Glad to hear it and can't wait to see your cookies!

  2. These are so cute! I love them so much ...perfect for autumn! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Have a great day!

  3. Amazing! Thank you for sharing the tutorial at my Our Favorite Things Link Party. I'm still very scared to give cookie making a try but one day, I will do it.

  4. Holy Cow! You made something that looked so difficult.....look so easy! You're awesome! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Regan! I hope they look as easy as they are!

  5. Beautiful! I pinned and am now following you via GFC, Pinterest, Twitter & FB!

  6. I can make ornaments... But no one decorates cookies as well as you!!

  7. These are absolutely gorgeous! We love making sugar cookies for all the holidays and just bought some pretty leaf cookies cutters. Now I will try your technique and hope ours turn out this good.

  8. You're really and truly talented. I wouldn't be able to do this.

  9. The past few years, I've been making leaf cookies to distribute to the students in my Earth Science class in honor of the Autumn Equinox. These are by far the prettiest ones I've seen. I'm bookmarking this post for next year. Can't wait to try them!

  10. These are just beautiful! I love how you swirl the colors together making them so simple to make and yet stunning to the eye!

  11. Beautiful Lizy! You are so talented! Thank you so much for visiting me! I would love to see some Christmas cookies pretty please! This is the only tutorial that I have seen that makes me feel like I can actually do this! Have a lovely week! Angie xo ps- I will check out your archives to see if there are Christmas cookies last year.

  12. You make it look so easy!!! Yes! I've had a pretty terrible run at decorating cookies, I'm feeling a little more confident to attempt these...haha, THANKS! smiles, Crystal

  13. These are gorgeous! Simple yet stunning, my favorite kind of cookies!

  14. Beautiful cookies, and an excellent tutorial. Thank you.

  15. Beautiful! They look too good to eat! I'd love for you to share these at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!


  16. Thanks for this, I am just contemplating adding cookie decorating to a multitude of other crafty things I do, such as quilting and knitting, but I need a christmas crafty surprise this year. Do you think this technique would make pretty christmas trees? Tree shapes and three greens? hmmm?

  17. So glad we met at CookieCon! Big fan here! XOXO!

  18. brilliant! So cute! I would love for you to add this, and other of your great posts, to mu weekly Mom's Library Link-Up.

    Thanks and Be Blessed,

  19. So cute! I would love for you to add this, and other of your great posts, to mu weekly Mom's Library Link-Up.

    Thanks and Be Blessed,

  20. AMAZING,!! lizy B, just when I think you have made the most beautiful amazing cookie...the next one surpasses the last! We need samples on Thanksgiving :) can't wait to see you! Xoxo, cin j

  21. Your cookies are amazing as always!

    As for your question - I just bought a silicone Christmas tree mold that makes 9 cupcake pine trees, I would LOVE to see a tutorial on how to decorate them.


  22. GORGEOUS cookies! I need to learn how to do this!!

    Thanks for partying with us this week at Keep Calm & Link Up!! Happy Friday!!
    xo, Meredith @

  23. These cookies are absolutely beautiful! They look too pretty eat!! New follower. Shelly from

  24. So this is just regular icing?!?! those look so amazing!

    We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there!

  25. Very fun to see you work and I love your sparkly acorns, too!

  26. I shared this incredible tutorial in my Some Kind of Wonderful Saturday Party. I think these cookies are just beautiful and I plan on making some gingerbread cookies and decorating them this way for Thanksgiving dinner! Thank you so much for sharing with us and please feel free to stop by and share some more. I know I will be stopping by here quite frequently now that I have found you! You have a great blog!

  27. Oh, Wow! Those are so cute! Great tutorial. Would love if it you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  28. Those are fantastic!! Thank you so much for posting. Found you over at the Bacon Time linky party - pop over and say hi when you get a chance! :) - Claire

    1. (I liked them so much I just featured them on my "Best Of The Weekend" post! Can't wait to try them!)

  29. These are beautiful! You really make it look very easy, but I'm thinking it takes a while to get the hang of it? I would love to make some of these. I even have a bunch of leaf cookie cutters. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  30. So pretty!! Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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