One of the main reasons fall is my favorite season of all has to be the wide range of colorful leaves. Reds, golds, and oranges displayed throughout the neighborhood. In celebration of this beauty, we made some leaf shaped cookies. But not just some old sugar cookies, that would be boring. We made ginger cookies into a leaf shape. And to add more of a fall flavor, we decorated these cookies with some pumpkin buttercream frosting. Pumpkin and ginger are such a great combination, one I try to bring together each fall. Here is how we made these cookies come together:
My favorite ginger cookie recipe comes from Paula Deen. The only change to the recipe was adding more flour to help the dough roll out so I could cut them into leaf shapes. Click here for the recipe.
I did a lot of searching before I came across the best pumpkin frosting recipe. This recipe is a buttercream frosting that includes pumpkin puree. I make my own pumpkin puree from pie pumpkins that I bake in the oven. The recipe can be found at a blog called Loves to Eat. They used the frosting to frost some chocolate cupcakes.
Leaf Cookie Cutter
I own a Wilton brand leaf cookie cutter. It is a metal one with a comfort grip on the outside. I am not a big fan of metal cookie cutters because they bend easily. However the comfort grip on this one gives the cutter more stability.