Have you been to the pumpkin patch yet? I haven't, but going to the pumpkin patch is one of my must-do fall activities. I actually end up going several times before fall is over. Our go-to pumpkin patch is found at Avila Valley Barn, which is open all year:)
I think these pumpkin patch cookies may end up being my favorite cookies from fall 2013. I sort of had an "aha moment" when they first crossed my mind, and was so excited to make them.
I actually had a hard time finding any pumpkin mellowcremes, but was relieved when I finally did, even though they aren't Brach's:( I could have made my own pumpkins if need be, but this was so much easier.
That's the beauty of these cookies; they are so easy to make!
This year we didn't end up planting any pumpkins in our backyard garden, so these will have to make up for it...our own little tabletop cookie pumpkin patch.
This way there will still be a pumpkin to give to each one of our munchkins:)
Pumpkin Patch Cookies
Brown gel paste food coloring (AmeriColor)
Electric green gel paste food coloring (AmeriColor)
1. Roll out sugar cookie dough.
2. Using a square cutter (mine was 3-inches), cut out the cookies and place on parchment lined baking sheet. 3. Chill for about 10-15 min. in the freezer to prevent spreading.
4. Bake according to recipe. Let cookie cool.
5. Make royal icing.
6. Tint some of it brown and some of it green.
7. Fill an icing bag with the brown icing fitted a #3 tip.
8. Outline each square cookie with the brown.
9. Let dry for about 15 minutes and then fill in the cookie with the brown icing.
10. Let cookie dry completely.
11. Put a dab of brown icing on the bottom of each pumpkin candy and place gently, but firmly, on the cookie. (Place them on an alternate spot on each cookie so that it looks more like a natural pumpkin patch.)
12. Place the green icing in a decorating bag fitted with a #3 tip.
13. Make the vines in a freehand design around each pumpkin.
14. Add leaves with a leaf tip (mine was #352).
15. Let dry completely.
To display: Place cookies side-by-side (flush) in rows (all touching), on a platter or serving dish, to resemble a pumpkin patch.
Admire and enjoy!