There’s no autumn or winter where I live in India. We really just have a rainy season, a cooler end of the year which gives way to a hot summer. We’re at the end of an extra-long rainy season right now. The cooler weather, and the beautiful fall colours on Instagram, Pinterest and blogs inspired these Spiced Shortbread Leaf Cookies.
The real shortbread lover in this house is our daughter. She’s also the person I usually bake for but she isn’t at home. One of her cousins is visiting home though and her little boy seems to enjoy the stuff I bake. So I need very little excuse to bake these days.
I first saw fall colours for real late last year when we visited the UK. Every season is beautiful in its own way. The bright colours that nature wears in the temperate regions of the world is something else though. I dug out my leaf shaped cookie cutters and got to work.
I must confess that I didn’t really do a great job with marbling the colours in the dough. However, I will tell you that this recipe does make a really good shortbread. So do make this recipe if you love shortbread. You can choose autumn colours or not, leaves or some other shape, or just plain shortbread squares or rectangles.
You could also make these cookies using your favourite sugar cookie dough. I chose shortbread because I ran out of eggs! Just colour the sugar cookie dough, marble it and make cut out cookies like you normally would.