Fall Leaf Cookies with Real Leaf Prints

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Leaf Print Cookies

You know how much I like printing with leaves, right?* Well, I’ve had this idea for making fall leaf cookies with leaf prints for a while now and finally gave it a try

(with Maia printing away beside me and Daphne trying to eat all the cookie dough).

Leaf Print Cookies

We started with a batch of cookie dough for pecan sandies from my much-loved Baking Illustrated cookbook.

The recipe calls for rolling the dough into logs, chilling it, then slicing it into cookies.

I think any refridgerator cookie or even sugar cookie would probably work fine for this, but boy, the pecan sandies are delicious!

Leaf Print Cookies

We spread the cookies out on a parchment-lined baking sheet, gathered some small leaves from around the yard, and created our food coloring stamp pads.

Leaf Print Cookies

The stamp pads were easy to make. I simply cut out pieces of felt (actually scraps from a felted wool sweater, but just because I couldn’t find my stash of regular felt), set them in small dishes, then added our “edible ink.” For that we just mixed about half and half food coloring and water in a small dish then let the felt soak it up.

To make the fall leaf cookies we pressed a leaf onto our stamp pad (vein side down works best despite my photos)…

Leaf Print Cookies

Then onto the cookie.

Leaf Print Cookies

Here’s our baking sheet of pecan sandies printed and ready for the oven.

Leaf Print Cookies

They mostly turned out. The leaf prints weren’t quite as crisp as I was hoping, but hey, we were printing on cookies!

Leaf Print Cookies And they certainly tasted good! Pecan sandies are amazingly easy and amazingly delicious with more of a caramel flavor than pecan. Yum!

*Some of our past leaf printing projects include ::

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  1. says

    Food coloring is toxic? I’ll have to read up on that.
    Jean, these leaf prints are genius! What a great idea!! I can see this transferring to other prints from nature like… fish? Just kidding. But little springs of evergreen. Any other ideas from the group?

  2. Tiffany says

    I love it and I’m going to try it!. Thanks for your continued creativity and sharing.

  3. says

    Love this!
    I have some cute little maple leaves that blow in every time I open the patio door, now I know what to do with them.
    If want make a gigantic cookie I’m fascinated with the huge sycamore and catalpa leaves that blow through my yard.
    For those who object to food coloring, juices with intense colors might work. Try grape, pomegranate, cherry, raspberry, beet…
    The colors will also show up more vividly if you print on a lighter cookie (I love “plain ole” sugar cookies).
    I’m so excited to see this idea! I can’t wait to make some.