The show of leaves here in Pennsylvania is spectacular right now. The beautiful maple trees are all dressed in shades of gold, orange and red. But those leaves were hard to duplicate on a cookie, until I read about using color mist.
Color mist is a spray on food coloring made by Wilton. I found it at Michael's and it comes in a rainbow of colors.
I added another dimension by applying some gold pearl dust around the edges of the cookie.
Step-by-step, here's how I decorated these cookies:
1. Pipe around the edges and flood the cookie with royal icing colored with Americolor Gold gel food color and allow to dry at least 4 hours or overnight.
2. Pipe the veins using the same gold royal icing and a small round tip. Let dry at least an hour.
3. Protect your table with newspaper, place some waxed paper or parchment on top and arrange the cookies on the paper. Spray the cookies with red and orange color mist and let dry.
4. Dip a dry, for-food-only paintbrush in the pearl dust and apply directly to the cookie. You can choose to dust the entire cookie or just the edges.