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Thanksgiving Leaf Cookies

Author: Samantha Ferraro


  • 3 c flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 c unsalted butter softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tb milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Lemon zest
  • Food coloring: yellow orange, green, purple


  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer (hand mixer works find too), mix butter until light in color. Add sugar, egg, and milk, vanilla and lemon zest. Beat to combine.
  • On low speed, gradually add in flour mixture until just combined.
  • Using floured hands, divide dough into quarters.
  • Take ¼ and place back into mixing bowl. Add food coloring and mix to combine.
  • *Note-start with a small amount of coloring at first. Also, when color was mostly mixed, I took it out and kneaded it until all color was mixed through.
  • Repeat with the rest of dough. Make sure to clean the paddle and bowl after each color, so you don't mix the colors together.
  • When desired color is done, wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hr.
  • Break pieces off of each colored dough and place them next to each other, creating a â??patchworkâ?? of color.
  • Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough to ¼ in thick.
  • Cut leaf shapes with a leaf cookie-cutter and place on baking sheet.
  • Use a toothpick to outline leaf-veins and sprinkle sugar on top for sparkle.
  • Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-9 minutes until edges are just done. Allow to rest on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes and then place on wrack to cool.