Maple Leaf Sugar Cookies

leaf cookies

kitchen_w150x125.jpg The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.

I have always avoided making sugar cookies with flood icing. It’s the sort of thing I just knew I would not be so great at. I guess that’s what I love about Daring Baker’s – it makes me go where I wouldn’t normally go! Part of this month’s theme was to make cookies that represent what “September” means to you. There as really only one thing that came to mind for me – colourful Fall leaves!

I have come to the discovered that flood icing is definitely easier than I imagined. Not that I’m actually very good at it, but it’s not really a difficult process. If only I had a steady hand and a creative eye!

leaf cookies

I didn’t do the “outline with a piping bag and then flood fill” technique. Piping has never been my thing. I painted these, with a paint brush. Much easier for me and much easier to have the kids help with, as well. I did discover that consistency of icing is really important. If it’s too thin, it will run over the edges. If too thick, it will not “flood” into a flat icing. It’s not tough to get it right though by testing the consistency as detailed in the recipe below.

This is a great project to do with the kids for Thanksgiving! Just let them loose with a paint brush. The cookies can then be enjoyed right away or wrap two or three in a plastic bag, tie with a pretty bow and they would make great little gifts for Thanksgiving dinner guests to take home.


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  1. Thanks so much Jane. We had a lot of fun doing them. I found that as long as the icing was the right consistency, it was content to stay on top of the cookie and didn’t want to run off.

  2. I love the simplicity of your decorated cookies–it really emphasizes the gorgeous, vibrant colors you chose. And it’s amazing to me how neatly you painted them! Not a drop running off the edge. You did a spectacular job on these.

  3. Thanks Christina. I love your Gator cookies, too!

  4. Beautiful cookies! I love the way the orange is swirled.

  5. Thanks Erin! It was actually a lot of fun.

  6. Beautifully done! I love the marbelled look and that you did them with a paint brush! So creative. :)

  7. Thanks Nic. I took the path of least resistance with these since pastry bags and I don’t really get along, but I was pleased with how they came out, anyway.

  8. those are beautiful, i like how there is no line around the cookie and it looks like a piece of stained glass.

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