November 30, 2010

Leaf cookies – Is it too late?

Yesterday, I had a sudden urge to bake cookies. You see? I got some wonderful leaf-shaped cookie cutters a couple of weeks ago. Aren’t they cute?

And I have been promising Wally some cookies for quite a bit now. But, then, between the Nutella Trilogy, Thanksgiving, the Daring Bakers’ Challenge and other life events, I put them off over and over again.

I needed to repair the situation soon enough and I thought :”What a better way to start the week than by baking cookies? And why not use my new cookie cutters?”

I know, fall has started a while ago, Christmas and all the related decorations are already filling our homes but it’s not too late to make leaf cookies, isn’t it? I didn’t think so J

And even if I’m not great at frosting cookies I decided to add them some colors for once.

Frosted Cinnamon Cookies
For the cookies

380 gr (13.5 oz or 3 cups) all-purpose flour
10 gr (2 tsp) baking powder
7 gr (1 ½ tsp) cinnamon
150 gr (5.3 oz or 3/4 cup) white sugar
50 gr (1.9 oz or 1/4 cup) brown sugar
225 gr (2 sticks) butter
1 egg
7 ml (1 ½  tsp) pure vanilla extract

For the frosting
113 gr (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
220 gr (7.75 oz or 1 cup) brown sugar
one pinch of salt
60 ml (2 fl oz or ¼ cups) milk
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla
320 gr (11.25 oz or 2 ½ cups) confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, the baking powder and the cinnamon.

In a big bowl, cream the sugar and the butter. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and mix until well blended.

Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.

Roll the dough on a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 9-12 minutes, depending on the size of your cutter.

Let them sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer them to a cooling rack.

While the cookies are baking, make the caramel frosting. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Blend in the brown sugar and the salt. Cook on low for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Finally, add the milk.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla. Let cool and then add the powdered sugar.

When the cookies are completely cool, go ahead and frost them. Let the frosted cookies sit overnight for the frosting to settle well.

Have a sweet day!

Frosted Cinnamon Cookies on Foodista


  1. It's never too late for cookies and especially cookies as cute as those! I absolutely love the leaf cookie cutters and you decorated them beautifully. Not to mention, I LOVE cinnamon and frosting so I'm quite excited that you made frosted cinnamon leaf cookies!

  2. anytime is great for great cookies, will never be too late :) the cookies are pretty :)

  3. Never too late for pretty sugar cookies!

  4. When cookies are this pretty it's definitely never too late. And cinnamon too!? They sound perfect!

  5. Wonderful cookies! Like Carolyn said it is never too late:)) for sugar cookies any time of the day, week or year:))

  6. Lovely cookies, I love your shapes. It is never to late!

  7. Definitely not too late for such good looking sweets. Heck you could bring those my way any month of the year. Such clean beautiful shapes!

  8. It's still "fall" here in Texas, so I see no problem with baking leaf cookies! How did you know I love cinnamon so much? I have to make these immediately.. Whats say you and I do a little cookie exchange sometime soon.. what do you say??

  9. Its never too late for any kind of cookie...especially cinnamon cookies. To an extent, I don't like to follow the rules of seasonal cooking too strictly.

  10. too late for leaf cookies? Never!! as long as the word cookie is in there, they can be what ever you want them to be! They sound really good, cinnamon has a way of just making a cookie feel like home....sigh
    Hope your week is going well!

  11. Your cookies look fantastic. If you'd look at my yard, you'd see that the leaves are still around....just about knee deep right now. C'mon over (bring the cookies) and we can have a raking party. I'll provide the hot buttered rum for after we're done. Geez, I wish you lived closer.

    Now I'm going to bed. It's 11:30pm for pete's sake. Why'd you keep me up so late???

  12. Guys, these cookies were actually a nice surprise. When i first took a bite I did not think they were that amazing. Then they settled in and they became perfect. It's true, cinnamon cookies are never too late.
    @Evan: I am unfortunately not coming to Texas this holidays but we should figure out a way to do the cookies exchange anyway!
    @Melissa:I'm with you in this. I do not really like following fashions and seasonalities
    @The Chef: now we just need to have a batch a cookies and a day on the comforting huh? :) have a great rest of the week
    @Christinane: and you are still going the wrong should come this way...Dudette would love Caliornia and the cookies :)

  13. they are cute. your cookies look awesome and your cookie cutters look sturdy. mine are so whimpy.

  14. Girl friend, it's NEVER too late for any sort of cookies. Remember that! ;)

    Love the cookie cutters!

  15. Of course it's not too late. Never too late for any cookie :) Yours are so cute. Love the cookie cutters. Lovely photos.

  16. It's so not too late for leaves. Just look outside - there's still leaves out there! At least where I am...
    Cinnamon cookies sound like a great spin on the traditional cookie-cutter Christmas cookies. I eat cinnamon on everything I can so I'd be more than happy to put them in my cookies!

  17. Like the leave cookies could even work as a decoration on a twigs or your Christmas tree in gold or red.


  18. I'm making cookies tonight! I hope they turn out lookng this good! :)

  19. congrats on top 9 cookies look fabulous

  20. Ciao Sara-gorgeous leaf cookies! They look so tasty and no, it's not too late! (Congrats also on Top 9!)

  21. The majority has spoken! It's never too late for cookies - especially ones as cute as these :) Congrats on the Top 9 and have a sweet weekend :)

  22. And congrats on Top 9!!! Woohoo! Well deserved!

  23. These cookies are so cute! I love all your new cookie cutters!

  24. It's definitely not too late. Those cookies are so cute and I absolutely love cinnamon.

  25. They are so adorable...Congrats on Top 9 :)


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