Create this beautiful fall leaf wreath out of homemade sugar cookies
OK, I’ll admit this project is time consuming, but the result makes the effort worth it.
What you will need:
No Fail Cookie Recipe (in Recipe section of blog)
Various leaf shaped cookie cutters
Royal Icing (in Recipe section of blog)
Food Coloring of your choice
Edible Luster Dust (Gives the cookies a bronze or gold luster to them; you can find it at http://www.fancyflours.com/site/search_advanced.html?mv_session_id=rjPzMu98%3A22.214.171.124&search_clear=1&criteria=luster+dust)
Squeeze Bottles – these make icing so much easier (http://www.fancyflours.com/bottle-squeeze-with-tip-8-oz.html)
Round cake board with hole cut in the center for base of wreath (12″ or 14″)
Fishing line, ribbon, or string
Bake and cool leaf shaped cookies according to No Fail Sugar Cookie Recipe. You will need approximately 30-36 assorted shaped leaves to make each wreath. Our wreath measures 14” in diameter. You can easily downsize to a smaller wreath, if you wish.
Ice cookies with colored Royal Icing. After the base coat dries you can make veins on the leaves with the same color or another color.
Once dry, apply luster dust mixed with an alcohol base (an extract will work) with a paintbrush to the desired section of the cookie, leaving some of the base and vein to show through.
After you have completed the cookies you need to prepare your cake board. Make sure that you have enough cookies to cover the area of the board. Using scissors or a razor blade to cut a hole in the middle of the cake board leaving a ring to glue the cookies to. Using Royal Icing, attach cookies on un-waxed side of cake board.
Attach a base layer of cookies down to the board (larger cookies work best here). Keep layering/ staggering the cookies until you reach the desired look (3 layers). Let the wreath set until royal icing is completely dry before hanging!
Hang the wreath by wrapping 2 short pieces of fishing line around the top left and right sides. Attach a third longer piece to the two smaller pieces to create a hanger.