Recipe Source: Martha Stewart's Cookies. Clarkson Potter Publishers, New York, 2008 p. 241
I am a Pinterest addict. For me it's a great way to start the day. I am emphatically Not A Morning Person, and starting the day with "oh, I could make this, or that, or I could do the other thing" has been a very welcome change from "bring me coffee or everyone in a two mile radius dies." The chances of my making 90% of what I find on Pinterest are probably minimal, although I've actually put more things into action than anyone thought I would when I started. I got some Christmas ideas from Pinterest, for example, and some home cleaning ideas. The Christmas cake didn't work out as well as I might have liked, but I at least put it into action.
Anyway, this was another one I found via Pinterest. I can't even give a proper shout out to the idea's originator, because the original pin is just a jpeg from a newsletter. I'll include a link, because I can, but I can't give any more information than that and I'm sorry. The description on the pin said something along the lines of "take a sugar cookie recipe, add food coloring, cut out in leaf shapes." I thought that was just the most clever and cute thing ever. I decided that I absolutely had to do it. I had a whole elaborate plan of what I was going to do with the cookies that of course never got put into action. I did, however, bring them to Thanksgiving dinner. They were reasonably well received I suppose. They didn't last much longer than Thanksgiving before becoming paving stones, so don't make more than you're going to eat in two or three days.
I made a few changes as is my wont. I made these as whole wheat cookies, because if I have the opportunity to cram more nutrition and fiber into our diet then I'm going to do it. I used raw sugar because I prefer it in most applications, and I added a bit of milk to make up for the drier nature of whole wheat flour. The food coloring was not gel paste nor was it going to be - I used what I had on hand which was the cheap stuff.
Whole Wheat Autumn Leaf Cookies (makes about 24; approx. cost per serving not available)
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup butter
2 cups raw sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Stand mixer with paddle attachment
- Cookie cutters shaped like leaves (I got mine at Sur La Table; I think I've seen them at Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon.com might carry some.)
- Mixing bowls
- Baking sheets
- Rolling pin
- Lots of soap and water - your hands will get messy and stained
- Zip-top plastic bags
- Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of the electric mixer. Cream on medium until fluffy.
- Mix in eggs, vanilla and milk.
- Reduce speed to low and mix in flour.
- Divide dough. The number of divisions depends on how many colors you want. Put each ball of dough into a separate bowl.
- Use the food coloring to color the dough. Your hands will be the best mixer you can use. Was thoroughly between colors. When you've achieved the color you want, put it into a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.
- When you're ready to bake, preheat your oven to 325︒.
- Grab chunks of dough. It's okay to grab two or even three colors and put them together.
- Roll the dough out together. If you're finding that it sticks to your surface, sprinkle some raw sugar onto the surface.
- Cut out cookies with the cookie cutters and transfer them to the cookie sheets. Repeat until all of the dough is used up.
- Bake 15 - 18 minutes. Cool completely.