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Autumn Leaf Cookies

Autumn Leaf Cookies
  • Prep 1 hr 45 min
  • Total 3 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 20
  • Servings 96

Looking for a beautiful dessert? Then check out these colorful chocolate frosted cookies. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Cookies

1
cup sugar
1
cup margarine or butter, softened
1
(3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons grated orange peel
2
tablespoons orange juice
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
egg
3 1/2
cups all purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2
teaspoon salt

Frosting

1/2
cup butter, softened
1/4
cup shortening
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/8
teaspoon salt
4
cups powdered sugar
2
to 4 tablespoons milk
1/3
cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
8
drops red food color
8
drops yellow food color

Steps

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  • 1
    In large bowl, combine sugar, 1 cup margarine and cream cheese; beat until light and fluffy. Add orange peel, orange juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla and egg; blend well. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 375°F. Using stockinette-covered rolling pin and floured pastry cloth, roll out 1/4 of dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness. (Keep remaining dough refrigerated.) Cut with floured leaf-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3
    Bake at 375°F. for 4 to 6 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets; cool 15 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 4
    In large bowl, combine butter and shortening; beat until light and fluffy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, scraping down sides of bowl. Add 2 tablespoons milk; beat at high speed until light and fluffy. Add enough additional milk for desired spreading consistency.
  • 5
    Divide frosting into 2 small bowls. To one bowl of frosting, add melted chocolate; beat until well blended. To other bowl of frosting, add red and yellow food color; blend well. Spread cooled cookies with 1 of the frostings; pipe veins on leaves with other frosting. Let stand until set.

Expert Tips

  • For more vivid tints, use paste food color instead of liquid.
  • Cover any unused icing tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for up to two weeks.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cookie
Calories
80
Calories from Fat
35
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
65mg
3%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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