How To Make Decorated Gold Fleck Fall Leaf Sugar Cookies

Learn how to make some super easy gold fleck leaf decorated sugar cookies with this royal icing cookie decorating tutorial!! 

Brightly colored fall leaf decorated chocolate sugar cookies

There have been exactly two people in my life that regularly used the phrase "The Google" and meant it.

My five-year-old and my grandpa. 

My five-year-old spoke about The Google with wonder and magic and amazement -

"THE GOOGLE told us to turn left!!! How did it know?!"  (accompanied by delighted giggles.)

"Mom! Mom! How fast does the wind have to blow to make a person fly but not a car?" (I...can't even begin to know the answer to that.) "Can I ask The Google? Can I ask The Google?!"

My grandfather, on the other hand, did NOT find joy and amazement in The Google. His take was decidedly more cantankerous. 

"The Google said it was going to be hot again today. It never says it will rain. It doesn't matter that we need it - what with all this smoke from the fires hanging around everywhere. The Google just says hot and sunny." (accompanied by head shaking and long sighs.)

"The Google told me this morning about those kids (7 states over) that took the car and left it in a field. Did you know that?! Why would they do that?"

"The Google says I should be eating all the nuts I want. My doctor told me it was okay to have them sometimes, but now I know I can eat as much as I want."

I have always quite enjoyed the relationship that they have with The Google. It's three parts charming and one part surprising. I realized yesterday that I have my own charming relationship with The Internet. 

I say things like "I read it on The Internet." And until THIS VERY DAY... I honestly had no idea that "the internet" and "the world wide web" were different and distinct from each other. And I just feel like I have a personal responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the other six people in the world who may not already know the difference between the two. 

Basically -- the internet is like the ROADS and HIGHWAYS and the world wide web refers to the PLACES. This blog is on the world wide web, and I access it via the internet. I've always, always used the term "internet" to describe both of them. 

And as much as I'd like to pretend otherwise...Imma still keep using the word "internet" to describe them both. But at least now I'll know FOR SURE I'm saying it wrong. But really, what do you expect from a girl that says words like "eleventy-million" and makes CHOCOLATE sugar cookies? 

Besides, I've got laundry to do and a cookie decorating tutorial to get on the intern--- I mean...whatever. Here you go!

Step by step tutorial for fall or autumn leaf decorated sugar cookies

How to make gold flecked fall leaf decorated sugar cookies:

Step 1.

With some medium consistency red royal icing and a #3 piping tip, outline and flood the leaf area of the cookie. Let the royal icing dry for 20 minutes. 

Step 2. 

Dip a paintbrush in edible gold paint OR in edible gold dust that has been mixed with Everclear or water. Hold the brush over the top of the leaf and tap the paintbrush handle with a knife or a spoon. Let the gold spatters dry for 20 more minutes. 

Step 3.

Pipe a stem down the center of the leaf sugar cookie with a medium consistency brown royal icing and a #3 piping tip. 

See it all come together in this gold flecked Autumn leaf cookie decorating video tutorial.


Grab just the leaf cookie cutter here.

Use this tutorial to learn how to make the parchment textured fall leaf sugar cookies. 

Grab the formulas for this fall royal icing color palette here. 

Cookie decorating with royal icing - Fall or Autumn fall leaf decorated sugar cookies


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