I remember going with my kids on a “nature hunt”—going in front of the house and collecting leaves for school projects for them. The leaves had so many different shades of color—brown, light yellow, deep reds and orange, etc. How beautiful! But now that my kids are grown and some of them even have kids of their own, and I don't go on a "nature hunt" I still like to see the many colors of the dry leaves falling on the ground. And so, today I'd like to bake some cookies and decorate them in beautiful bright colors.
To me autumn represents God's blessings as we harvest our crops. I associate autumn with the blessings that God gives us every year, to be able to harvest the fruit of the land. I decided to decorate a table with an autumn theme which is really not difficult at all. I used my brown table cloth which was given to me as a gift; brought out some decorations I picked up at the Dollar store some time ago, and just set my cookies son a nice dark green tray that I bought some years ago. And, of course, I can't forget the coffee!
I have to tell you that I can’t, for the life of me, draw a straight line by connecting two dots. You see, there are three things that I know I’m not, neither do I pretend to be, they are: an artist, an artist, and an artist. So that’s where my KopyKake comes handy. I could draw almost anything using this projector. See my post on this awesome the KopyKake projector here.
To make these cookies:
2 ½ cups butter (room temperature)
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 tsp. vanilla or (seeds from 1 vanilla bean)
5 cups flour (sifted)
1 tsp. baking powder (optional)
1 tsp. salt
(See this recipe and follow it in this sugar cookies recipe)
Gum paste for leaves
I flooded some of the cookies, others I left them plain. I used the Kopykake to outline the pumpkins, leaves, and acorns. A very good idea would be, if you have kids, to include your kids in this project—they would love it! Don’t worry about the cookies not being perfectly decorated. There’s no right or wrong way when it comes to decorating cookies, especially if you are involving your kids. Have fun with it!
1. Prepare a batch of Sugar Cookies Dough
2. Trace or draw with edible writing pencils on the cookie whatever design you'd like, or if you have a Kopykake use that instead.
3. Prepare royal icing for cookies, and flood the cookies if desired
5. Decorate cookies whichever way you like (don't forget to follow the 10 Seconds Rule to get a better consistency.
- I hope you could see the projected image on the cookie. That's how I traced the leaves, pumpkins and acorn, using royal icing.
- I also mixed some powder color (berry) and mixed it with water, and brushed on the leaves and pumpkins to give it a more intense color.
And finally, for the pumpkin leaves I used a piece of green gumpaste.