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Autumn Leaf ~ Sugar Cookies
Autumn has always been my favorite season. Leaves changing with their fabulous color. I decided it would be fun to bring some of that spectacular color into the house and to the table!
Blend together 3/4 C oleo, 1 C white sugar, 2 eggs, 2 t vanilla 1/2 t salt and 1 t baking powder. Then mix in 1 C wholewheat flour (the whole wheat gives it a little bit of a rich taste that people always ask about) and 1 1/2 C unbleached white flour. Mix all ingredients until it forms a nice soft ball. I prefer using parchment paper over wax paper because it seems to last through even a double or triple recipe.
Roll the dough about a quarter of an inch thick and cut with your favorite cookie cutters. I love the leaf cutters this time of year. If you cut them too thin they tend to get a little too brown. Everyone always seem to reach for the thicker ones on the plate. Baking for less time keeps them on the softer side as well. Also they continue to bake for a minute or two on the cookie sheet once they are out of the oven. Just recently I found the best spatula I have ever owned. It is called Fat Dadios. It is just the right shape and thickness for cookies that are so close together on the cookie sheet, especially when you are trying to fit as many as you possibly can on each sheet to save time.
Quick Dry Icing
- Years ago my Mother designed this quick dry icing recipe.
1 C Powdered Sugar, 1/4 t salt, 1/2 t vanilla & 2 T milk
You may need to add a little more milk to the mixture depending on how dry the air is and what time of year it is. Then I split the icing into a lot of tiny bowls and add drops off all different food coloring to make the "painting" icing. It is fun to play with the colors until you reach the ones you want. Then I combine the icings a little bit at a time to make additional colors. What fun!
We have enjoyed getting pretty creative with this over the years. You can make all sorts of sugar cookies with this recipe adding icing, sprinkles and cutting out all sorts of different crazy shapes. I hope you will have fun making memories with this! Go wild!