The Best Fall Leaf Sugar Cookies ( Vegan! )

18 cookies
38 min

Crispy, buttery and so light. With every bite, you are going to be immersed in the flavor of the butter more and more and maple leaf shape of these sugar cookies and the colors they show are gonna remind you of all things beautiful about the fall season. Everything you see in the above photo holds some anecdotes and deep meaning for me and Akshita, and it is our hope that it will bring out some memories for those of you who have had the fortune of being through at least one fall.

Fall……my favorite season. The change of colors of the trees around you, along with a change in your mood. Its the time when you wouldn’t mind taking a long walk and just enjoy the light cool breeze and the view. Growing up in India, I never had the experience of knowing fall, besides in movies. Tropical climate is not much fun and full of colors. Its warm and warmer and the occasional rain picking up the humidity. Its filled with a thicket of green, which I gotta admit is still beautiful. Different kind of beauty though. There’s no concept of change in clothes with seasons. Works for me since I hate shopping!

First experience with fall was just amazing. Seeing the colors of the leaves change and a street so covered with the fallen leaves does not seem like an unwanted mess anymore. Its like a fluffy rug decorating your neighborhood. Fall , to me, is a time of the year when everyone is dressing up warm and comfortable and still goes out, enjoying a walk in the park, picnics, barbecues and pumpkins.

Few of the main snippets of fall in my mind, are the times when me and my friends used to go out drinking and stay out late till the bars closed. After this we used to grab food from food carts and walk around in the campus grounds of Iowa State University. I love that campus. We would soak up the beauty and the silence and slowly find our way home. Happy times. Everyone’s attitude was enjoy it while it lasts; winter is coming. Even now, when I see a street with maple trees all now, it brings back these memories.

Since we are closing in on the end of fall, we thought maybe we could try out a dessert to remind everyone of the good times we have this fall, even in the midst of this pandemic. This will be an easy recipe and with not a lot of prep work besides the butter, similar to the  coffee bean cookies and rolling out the dough. So lets get started here!

The Best Fall Leaf Sugar Cookies ( Vegan! )
Recipe details
  • 18  cookies
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 8 Minutes Total time: 38 min
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  • 1 cup Vegan unsalted butter Softened at room temperature
  • 3 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Unsweetened almond milk + 2 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder + 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Food color (red, orange, green, yellow) Preferably gel color

Using a mixer, fluff up the butter and sugar together
Add vanilla and almond milk, and beat until well mixed
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.
Add half of the dry ingredient to the wet ingredients, mix and add the second half.
Use your hands to mix in thoroughly
The dough might be a bit dry and crumbly but its normal. Just press the dough together and it should come together
Split the dough into 4 equal parts
Add green, red, yellow and orange to the dough, one on each part and mix well
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour
Rip out small portions from each color and arrange it as shown in the video
Roll out the dough using a rolling pin to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. If you like having really thin crispy cookies, 1/8 inch thickness is perfect
Using the cookie cutter, cut out the dough out. Keep the remaining dough for using in the next roll. Do not overwork the dough, else you will end up with a solid brown cookie.
Move the cut out dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper
Bake at 350 F for 8 minutes
Let them cool for about 10 minutes before digging in!
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