Bring on the boots, sweaters, scarves...and cookies!

pumpkin and acorn cookies with decorating tutorial
A cold front came through H-town this afternoon.
(H-Town...not to be confused with Big D or ATX.) 

Would you laugh if I told you that our high tomorrow will be a *chilly* 66 degrees and I'm already planning to bundle up in jeans, boots, and a scarf?  I mean, really...the temperature will be exactly the same as inside our local Target store.  But most days, I do need a sweater in Target.  Maybe that's why I have such a collection of Merona cardigans.

pumpkin and acorn cookies with decorating tutorial
Anyway...the weather makes me want to decorate pumpkin and acorn cookies all day.  (While wearing boots and a scarf, of course.)

pumpkin and acorn cookies with decorating tutorial

Here is the pumpkin how-to.  The acorns are made using the same basic method.  For those, I used two shades of AmeriColor Chocolate Brown food coloring.

To make the pumpkins, you'll need:

  • pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies
  • royal icing, tinted with AmeriColor orange, a darker orange (I used electric orange mixed with super red), chocolate brown and green
  • disposable icing bags
  • tips: #2 (and/or #1)
  • squeeze bottles
  • toothpicks
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Use a #2 tip to outline the pumpkin shape in orange.

Thin the both shades of orange and the brown icings with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin.  Count of 2-3 is good.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed.  Pour into a squeeze bottles.

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Working about 6 cookies at a time, fill (flood) the pumpkin with the thinned orange icing.  Use a toothpick to guide to edges and pop and large air bubbles that have formed.

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Starting with the first cookie flooded, drop lines of the thinned darker orange icing on top of the wet orange icing to make the pumpkin "ridges."

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Repeat the process with the thinned brown icing.

Let the cookies sit for at least 1 hour.

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Use a #1 or #2 tip to pipe on a stem and vine.  I like the stem piped rather than flooded to give it some texture.

Let dry 6-8 hours, or overnight. (Keep in mind that the colors will deepen as they dry.)

pumpkin and acorn cookies with decorating tutorial
Fall, I am officially smitten with you. 

{Portions of this post were originally published on 11-03-11.}

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