My absolute favorite time of year is when the leaves are changing color. The weather is turning cooler, kids are back in school, and the trees are glorious displays of the most amazing colors. Fiery reds and stunning oranges and luscious yellows abound.
Mini Fall Leaf Decorated Copycat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies
A few things that make this copycat lofthouse sugar cookies recipe even easier:
A round tip. This will let you not only flood the icing on when decorating, but also get the detail of the cookie.
Gel food coloring – these will give you amazingly vibrant colors with very little color needed. No more weird tasting frostings.
Mini leaf cookie cutters. So you can get the super cute leaf shape. Of course!!
Adorable and delicious decorated sugar cookies that look like miniature fall leaves.
20 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 5 C flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
- 2 C granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 1 C powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- Orange, brown, red and gold yellow gel food coloring
- Cream the soft butter with the sugar until smooth and not grainy.
- Add all 4 eggs at one time and continue to mix.
- Add the vanilla. Continue mixing.
- Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
- Mix well to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
- Form the dough into a ball. Wrap it in plastic wrap, completely covering the entire dough ball.
- Refrigerate for 6 hours to overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it soften up a bit.
- Sprinkle flour on your rolling surface and rolling pin.
- Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut cookies out using the mini leaf cookie cutters.
- Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a large spatula to move the cut cookie to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until thoroughly baked.
- Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely. (About 10 minutes).
- Icing Directions
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, except food coloring, mixing on medium speed for 4
- If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powdered sugar.
- Divide the icing equally into 4 small bowl.
- In bowl #1, add several drops of brown gel food coloring, stirring well
- until all of the color is blended.
- Bowl #2, add several drops of orange gel
- food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
- Bowl #3, add several drops of red gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color
- is blended.
- Bowl #4, add several drops of yellow gold gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
- Spoon each of the icings into individual frosting bags with #4 tips.
- Twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
- Decorating the Mini Autumn Leaves:
- Outline each of the cookies in the color you plan to frost them with. Allow the icing outline to set at least 30 seconds.
- Flood the icing onto the cookie using your pastry bag. Even out with a small offset spatula or the tip. Let set for a few minutes while you work on the others.
- Go back and fill in the leaf detailing like veins and stems with remaining icing.
- Set these aside and allow to completely set. About 4 hours or so.
For more Thanksgiving and fall ideas, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- Coconut Cream Pie Recipe by A Mom’s Take
- Pumpkin Lebkuchen Donuts by 2Boys+1Girl=OneCrazyMom
- Turkey Sweet Potato Chili by Home And Garden Cafe
- Peanut Butter Cup Cake by Simply Southern Mom
- Heaven’s Delight Pineapple Marshmallow Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe by Pretty Opinionated
- Thanksgiving Craft: “Give Thanks” Wooden Blocks by Better in Bulk
- Delicious Chocolate Genoise Recipe by OurFamilyWorld
- Family Gratitude Journal by Day by Day in Our World
- How to Make Pumpkin Gnocchi by Jennifer Sikora
- Fun Turkey Cupcake Idea by Kids Fun Reviewed
- Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup by Sweet Lil You
- Soft Baked White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies by Savvy Saving Couple
- Homemade Apple Muffins by Momma D Jane