How to Make Leaf Cookies

How to Make These Fun Leaf Cookies The Bearfoot Baker

September 23rd where are you? That’s the first day of autumn and I can’t wait because I need the vibrant beautiful colors autumn brings. Orange, yellow and that deep red mixed with the cool crisp autumn air makes me the happiest woman on earth. Have you noticed the magazine covers at the grocery store? They are sucking me in like a moth to a flame because they are full of colors and are so cleverly placed by the registers so they get me every time.

I can’t take it any longer because the anticipation is killing me because I need to make fall things like pumpkins and mums and colorful leaves falling to the ground when the wind blows. Hurry up September 23rd so I can share my leaf cookies with you.

How to Make Leaf Cookies | The Beafoot Baker

No matter how hard I try I can’t make autumn arrive any faster, but I can make fall cookies to help put me in the mood. Sure these cookies are so easy to make but oh man you won’t believe how fun it is to make them. I mean you know the song that says dance like no one is watching, well these will let you decorate like you are a kid! Oh so FUN!

How to Make Leaf Cookies:
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Royal Icing:

  • Thick Brown Icing in a piping bag with a #2.5 or #3 decorating tip
  • Thin icing (almost like water) in the following colors:
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Brown


  • Bowl to shake off the excess icing


How to Make Leaf Cookies:


Simple Leaf Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Begin by making the veins on the leaves with the thick brown icing and let it dry for about an hour.

Leaf Cookies | The Beafoot Baker

  • While the veins on the leaf cookies are drying, mix the colors for the leaves. The icing in this picture is too thick. It needs to be really thin, almost like water but a little thicker.

How to Make Easy Leaf Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Once you have your colors mixed and the veins have dried, hold the leaf cookies over the bowl and pour icing onto the leaves.

Easy Leaf Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Add different colors to make the pattern you want. If you don’t know the pattern that is all right, just put some icing on the cookie.

Simple Leaf Cookies Tutorial and Video | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Shake off the excess icing into the bowl. The more you shake the cookies the more the icing will come off and reveal the veins you piped earlier. They will look like they are slightly raised and add some character to them.

Leaf Cookies Tutorial | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Can you see the veins?


Fun Leaf Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Let the leaves dry for a few hours.

Very Simple Leaf Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Next, airbrush the edges of the cookies brown to give them an aged look.

How to Make Realistic Leaf Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

  • If you want to see this in action, you can watch the video. It won’t take long I promise!

How to Make Leaf Cookies | The Beafoot Baker

Shaking the icing off of the cookies made me feel like I was a little kid playing in my grandmother’s kitchen. There was something so free about creating these unique patterns on the leaves by applying thin icing to the cookies and shaking off the excess. It was fun but you know me, I made a mess so be warned to cover the surface you are working on really well. I hope you make them because you will have a blast!

These cookies were inspired by SweeAmbs little ice cream cone cookies. Aren’t they cute!

Bear hugs,