How to Make Fall Leaf Cookies

Because sugar cookies aren't just for Christmas.

Though we love a pumpkin pie just as much as the next person, there are times when eating dessert seems like an impossibility following a Thanksgiving meal loaded with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing — you get the point. Though most people associate sugar cookies with Santa Claus and Christmas, the buttery rounds make the perfect grab-and-go sweet treat when a decadent sit-down dessert just isn’t in the cards. That’s exactly why you should add a plate of these mesmerizing leaf cookies to your Thanksgiving feast. Colorful, cute and oh-so-fun to decorate, they’re also a great way to include kiddos big and small in on the holiday prep.

To start started, make a batch of Food Network Magazine's Sugar Cookies and a cup of Royal Icing.

When it comes to working with royal icing, be sure to keep the following in mind:

  • For outlining, icing should be thick and pipable.
  • For flooding (filling inside the lines), icing should be the consistency of runny yogurt.
  • If you find your icing not matching the consistency you desire, thin it with water.

Now all that's left for you to do is decorate!

Painted Leaves

Marbled Leaves

Sugared Leaves

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