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Try using this Maple Icing on your Fall Cut Out Cookies.  The maple flavor of this icing is delicious. 

The icing will harden like Royal Icing.  You will be able to stack these Fall Cut Out Cookies on top of each other after the icing dries.






These Fall Cut Out Cookies can be made in different shapes for spring, graduations, birthdays, and Christmas, along with many other holidays and celebrations, but I love making these Fall cookies with this Maple icing.  I use my leaf cookie cutters to make fall leaf cookies.  They remind me of the beautiful fall that God has made.  The maple flavoring in the icing below is delicious with these cookies.  I color the maple icing brown, red, and yellow to match the colors of fall leaves.  The Fall Cut Out Cookies turn out beautiful.

To decorate with the Maple Icing for the leaves.

  1. Use a small paintbrush and paint the first color of maple icing on a cookie. Do not let the icing dry before adding the other colors.
  2. Drip some red icing and yellow icing on top of the first color icing.
  3. Use a small paintbrush or the back of a spoon to make small circle.  Gently blending the colors of the icing.  I used the Maple icing on both the leaves and the football.
  4. To make the footballs, I simply added the brown maple icing with a paintbrush all the way up to the edges.  I did not have to use a pastry bag.

  Of course, Caleb gets to cut out the cookies and help decorate them.  You can read more about Caleb our special needs son here.  I hope you use this recipe to make a special memory with your children or grandchildren.

To use Royal Icing like on the Pumpkins

I outlined the pumpkin cookies with Royal Icing using a small tip #3.  Add a spoonful of thinner Royal Icing to the center of each pumpkin cookie.  Spread it around using a small paintbrush or the back of a spoon.


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Fall Cut Out Cookies

  • Author: Diane @Recipesforourdailybread
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Cookies
  • Cuisine: American


  • Butter Cookie Dough:
  • And, Two cups unsalted butter (1 pound or 4 sticks)
  • Two cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 TB whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 tsp butter extract (or 2 1/2 tsp lemon or almond)
  • 1 TB vanilla
  • 6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 Cups Confectioner Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup – You may need 1 to 2 TB more for the icing to slowly drip from a spoon.
  • 3 Tablespoons Wilton Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 6 tablespoons warm water


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Blend in eggs one at a time. Add the whipping cream, vanilla, and butter extract.
  4. Always use 1 TB of vanilla with two tsp of your choice either butter, almond, or lemon flavoring. In these cookies, I used butter flavoring to compliment the maple icing.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking powder.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix.
  7. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters.
  8. Sprinkle the cookie dough with a little sugar before rolling it out.
  9. Dip the spatula in flour before picking up the cutout cookie.If it gets difficult to pick up the cutout cookies, place the entire tray in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  10. The cookies will be easier to pick up. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
  11. Bake 10 minutes just until the edges start to turn a tan color.
  12. Cool on a rack.
  14. Sift the Confectioners sugar.
  15. Add the vanilla and maple syrup and stir.
  16. Divide into three bowls and add a few drops of coloring in each bowl. Mix well.
  17. Use a small paint brush and paint the first color on a cookie. Do not let the icing dry before adding the other colors.
  18. Drip some red icing and yellow icing on top of the first color icing.
  19. Take another small brush or back of a spoon and use small circles to swirl the colors together.
  21. Beat all ingredients until icing forms peak about 7 to 10 minutes on low speed with heavy duty mixer. 10 to 12 minutes on high speed using a hand held mixer.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie


For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; ...    Ecclesiastes 3:1-22

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13 thoughts on “FALL CUT OUT COOKIES

  1. im confused by this recipe. I like the idea of the maple icing. but i don’t understand how to use it in conjunction with the royal icing. Do you put the maple icing on first and then cover it w/ the royal icing? or do you use one or the other? I would like to have a maple flavored icing that hardens like royal icing so i can stack and ship them. can you clarify what to do with the two different icings?

    • Amy,

      Thank you for stopping by and checking out my fall cut out cookies. The maple icing is really delicious and easy to make and use. I am so sorry my post was confusing. I tried to clear it up. I used the maple icing on everything except the pumpkins. To be honest, I ran out of maple syrup and decided to decorate my pumpkins with Royal Icing. I made three colors of maple icing to swirl together to make the leaves. The icing does dry hard enough to stack.
      Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Diane Roark

    • Bonnie,

      Thank you so much for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread and commenting on my Fall Cut Out Cookies. I truly appreciate you hosting Pin Junkie.

      Thanks again!
      Diane Roark

  2. Stopping in to share that you’ve bee featured tonight at Foodie Friday’s. Hope to see you there!

  3. Hi Diane, I love your cookies with the Maple Icing and the painted marbling of the colors. I’m going to try these with my grandsons, they enjoy decorating sugar cookies. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. Pinned/shared.

  4. Diane, I have been looking for years (seriously!) for a soft and delicious cookie and I am going to make yours! I love the idea of fall and I even have some leaf cookie cutters to try these with. THANKS and shared to the planet!! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  5. These truly look so yummy and have used similar icing like this in the past during Christmas time minus the maple flavoring, but definitely sounds very clever and tasty, too. So, think may need to try for the girls soon. Thanks, Diane 🙂

    • Janine,

      I love this Maple flavoring icing. It is so good and truly hardens like Royal Icing. Thanks for all your support and for sharing this morning.

      Diane Roark

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