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How to Make Colorful Fall Leaf Cookies

  • Author: A Cultivated Nest


These colorful fall leaf cookies are perfect fall party desserts!


  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Parchment paper
  • Red, green, and orange gel food coloring
  • Leaf cookie cutters
  • Fake leaves


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to beat your butter and sugar together.
  3. Then add your almond extract and egg and mix again.
  4. Now add your flour and salt and mix well until the dough starts to get thick and crumbles.
  5. Knead the dough in your hands until it starts sticking together. Separate into three even dough balls.
  6. Add a few drops of food coloring to each dough ball and knead with your hands until each ball is a different color. You should end up with one red ball, one green ball, and one orange ball.
  7. Lay down a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle a bit of extra flour on it. Then squish your three dough balls together, and roll your dough out flat on the paper.
  8. Use your leaf cookie cutters to cut your leaf shapes out and transfer them to your baking pan.
  9. Press the back of a clean fake leaf onto your leaf cookies to imprint the cookies with the leaf design.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.