Yet another summer is coming to an end and fall is about to begin. It’s hard to believe.
Not that we really notice much about autumn here in South Florida. There are no brightly colored leaves falling from the trees, or acorns gathering on the ground to give us a heads up that one season has ended and another has begun. The palm fronds look the same in September and October as they did last March and April.
As beaches close for the season up north, and warm sunshine gives way to chilly air in other parts of the country, bathing suits and flip flops, barbecues and days spent at the beach continue on in South Florida without so much as a blink of an eye.
We’re reminded that summer fun is supposed to come to a halt when the back-to-school supplies are moved to clearance racks to make way for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and, ridiculously enough, even Christmas merchandise. Now, sadly, this has started by mid August.
I love and miss the fall I knew as a kid growing up in New York. Trips upstate to go apple picking were a highlight for me, and I couldn’t wait for Columbus Day weekend when the leaves up in the Catskills and the Adirondacks were blindingly bright and colorful. I begged for a chance to drive up there.
We knew that Saturday mornings would soon mean raking leaves but we could also break out the bins of sweaters that had been stowed for months. And I still fondly remember how proud I was the day I learned to whistle through the cap of an acorn (yes, I have many talents)!
I’m going up to the Adirondacks for the first time in a few years and I can’t wait to witness the change of season. In the spirit of my much anticipated weekend getaway I made some autumn cookies, beginning with leaves and acorns.
Something about fall cookies made me think of chocolate, so in addition to a big batch of my favorite sugar cookies I also made delicious chocolate cookies using Lilaloa’s recipe for The End-All Chocolate Cookies.
Georgeanne’s recipe is right on the money: One of those no-fail recipes that’s truly hard to beat. I follow it as written but I do add the extra 1/2 cup (62.5 grams) of flour to the recipe because I find it almost impossible to cut out shapes without chilling the dough. And I don’t roll my dough in flour so I need that extra structure when I make these.
I cut out some leaves and acorns from the sugar cookie dough and others from the chocolate cookie dough. I think I’ll do that with all my cookies this fall because I like the variety.
The acorn cookies I decorated very simply. First, I outlined and flooded the base of the acorns with moss green, chocolate brown and orange, and let them dry completely.
And then filled in the acorn caps,
Once they dried I used my piping bag to cover the acorn caps with small dots. In this case my royal icing could have been stiffer for sure but they turned out OK: Just sImply decorated.
Then I made a few different leaves. A couple of them I just flooded and added stems and branches.
And because I’m so enamored with marbling, I just had to marble some of the leaves. The marbling turned out better than the outlining this time. I’m not sure what in the world I did with the outlining but it’s kind of a mess to be honest.
Just a few different colored lines that I pulled in every direction with my toothpick.
I can’t wait to see the leaves and just maybe, while nobody’s within earshot, I’ll try my hand at whistling through an acorn cap again.
What’s your favorite part of fall?