Leaf Cookies

Fall into favor with guests and family when you serve these melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies.

  • Prep Time 55 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 48

Ingredients

1
cup sugar
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2
cup shortening
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
2
eggs
3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
Yellow food color
Red food color
Green food color
  • 1 Heat oven to 400ºF. Stir together sugar, butter and shortening in large bowl. Stir in vanilla and eggs. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
  • 2 Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Stir 8 drops yellow food color into 1 part dough to make yellow dough. Stir 8 drops yellow and 3 drops red food color into another part dough to make orange dough. Stir 10 drops red, 8 drops green and 3 drops yellow food color into remaining dough to make brown dough.
  • 3 Drop small portions of each of the 3 colors of dough close together in random pattern onto lightly floured cloth-covered surface. Roll doughs together into marbled pattern to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2- to 3-inch leaf-shaped cookie cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 4 Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Expert Tips

Dip edges of baked and cooled cookies in melted milk, semisweet or dark chocolate for a decorative and tasty finish.

Place the dough between flat wooden or plastic rulers or between 1/8-inch-thick wooden dowels from a craft or home store. Roll the rolling pin over the rulers or rods to make the dough an even thickness.

It's easy to make leaf-shaped cutout cookies look like the real thing. To make the veins, just use a table knife to score the cookie dough before baking--that's all there is to it! During baking, the cookies puff slightly and the veins show up nicely when they're done. For inspiration, check out leaves on trees in your yard or in floral arrangements.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
35 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 g
4 %
(Saturated Fat
2 g,
2 %
),
Cholesterol
15 mg
15 %;
Sodium
55 mg
55 %;
Total Carbohydrate
10 g
10 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
1 g
1 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.