Aren't we all sad to see summer end? A few weeks ago we said goodbye to the fun associated with summer: extended daylight, swimming at the pool, boogie boarding at the beach, summer carnivals, BBQs, fireworks, picnics and outdoor concerts, wearing shorts, golfing, eating salt water taffy and cotton candy, corn-on-the-cob, etc. For me, I'm always sad to see the end of baseball season for my beloved Nats.

The arrival of autumn is signaled by those little pods of energy, their backpacks filled with sharpened pencils, blank notebooks and brand new lunch boxes, hopping on yellow school buses as they head back to school for another year. The calendar says autumn but in mid-October with summer temps in the 80's, it still feels like August in Northern Virginia. Although, the meteorologists forecast fall temps to finally arrive early next week. Costume parties, Halloween treats and Thanksgiving cannot be far behind. It's the time of year too when there is the emergence of that ever popular autumn treat … Candy Corn.

It's an annual tradition with the cookiers (a/k/a cookie decorators) as soon as the calendar turns to September. In an attempt to create a unique Candy Corn cookie design, I skipped the traditional orange, yellow and white color combo and opted for an airbrushed, ombre design. An ombre cookie has been on my 'to decorate' list for awhile and yellow seemed a good choice for an autumn cookie. To add more autumn-ness to this cookie, I airbrushed fall leaves in sheeny pearl.

Candy Corn Cookies
Candy Corn Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Dark Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Medium Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Yellow with AmeriColor Lemon Yellow and AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
AmeriColor Food Decorating Pen (Yellow)
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Pearl Color Mist
Fall Leaves Stencil

Draw two lines on cookie with a yellow food decorating pen.
Outline and flood bottom of cookie with #2 tip in dark yellow icing.

Outline and flood middle of cookie with #2 tip in medium yellow icing.

Outline and flood top of cookie with #2 tip in light yellow icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie. Spray with pearl airbrush color. Gently lift stencil. 

Let dry 30 minutes.




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  1. Joan, I like these pretty shades of yellow; great tutorial. Betsy

  2. Betsy, Thank you for stopping by. It's been awhile since I've done a yellow cookie and I plan to use yellow more often in upcoming cookies.

  3. These are really cute cookies and I like the shimmering leaves. I can't wait to see your next cookie! Hannah

  4. Candy corn is my favorite Halloween treat. These are so pretty in cookies.

    1. It's one of my favorite too. Happy Halloween!


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