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Making Fall Leaf Cutout Cookies–a Grape Arbor Specialty

What is one of the favorite things for visitors to Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast?  Our cookies!  We make hundreds of cookies every month.  I made a calculation once, and figures that I have made over 15,000 of our famous chocolate chip cookies since the Grape Arbor opened in 2002.

Homemade leaf cookies in multiple colorsThat is a lot of cookies!  This fall, we tried a new technique that garnered raves from the guests that both saw and ate them.  It combines a fairly simple technique using my absolute favorite recipe for cutout cookies.  I use this recipe for cutout cookies for every season.  Why?  A couple of reasons–first, it tastes terrific (with all that butter, how could it not?), and second–the dough does not spread when you bake it.  I have tried more than a dozen different recipes for cutout cookies, and also tried all the hacks that I have read.

But the results were always inconsistent.  Except for this recipe.  I got this recipe from a dear friend of mine who passed away more than 30 years ago, and I just call it “Pat’s Sugar Cookies.”  Check out the recipe itself in the recipe tab on our website …I want to show you the technique for these very cool fall leaves here.

So, once you make the basic dough, divide it into as many parts as you want colors for your leaves.  For the leaves, I chose yellow, green, orange and red.  Mix gel food coloring into the dough (a mixer makes this much easier) until you reach the desired color.

Bowls of cookie dough that have been colored red, green, yellow and orange

Now, grab a small handful of each type of colored dough and put together on a mat or large piece of parchment paper.

Blobs of colored dough on a nonstick mat

Take your rolling pin, and smash the colored doughs together, and roll to the desired thickness.  I like the cookies a bit on the thick side..about 1/4 inch.

Colored leaf dough rolled smooth and ready to use cookie cutouts

Now use a leaf cookie cutter, cut the cookies into a leaf shape!

Cookies cutout in leaf shapes on cookie sheet

Take any scraps and re-roll and cutout.  If you see a color is lacking, just add a bit more of the dough color you want into the leftover.  I try not to reuse it too much..the colors will ultimately turn brown if you reuse it too many times.  You can sprinkle the cookies with granulated sugar, or fall sprinkles…I like the look of the sugar.

Homemade leaf cookies in multiple colors

Eat and enjoy!   Pretty easy, don’t you think?  If you don’t want to make them yourself…just come and stay with us at Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast we will make sure there are cookies for you!


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