3 Fall Cookie Ideas

3 Fall Cookie Ideas

Create three fun, seasonal-inspired treats that are sure to impress.

By: Jackie Bruchez

It’s OK to take a shortcut now and then (especially during the holidays), so buying and embellishing premade cookies is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it’s a great way to add a personal touch to holiday treats. Adorably decorated harvest corn cookies, gobbling turkeys and chocolate Pilgrim hats will get just as many “oohs” and “ahhs” as a cookie from scratch.

1. Harvest Corn Cookies Recipe
Prep time:
15 minutes
Bake time: 0!
Difficulty: Easy
Makes: 12 cookies

Yellow food colouring
1 small tube of vanilla frosting
1 package of sugar cookies, cut into ovals
500 millilitres (2 cups) of multi-coloured peanut butter candies
6 green fruit roll snacks


  1. Add a few drops of yellow food colouring to 250 millilitres (1 cup) of white frosting and stir in a small bowl
  2. Spread frosting onto cookies
  3. Lay alternating colours of the multi-coloured peanut butter candies in the frosting
  4. Unwrap the fruit roll snacks and lay onto a cutting board
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut long and narrow leaf shapes
  6. Place 2 long narrow leaf shapes on either side of the cob cookie and make sure they overlap slightly (so they resemble cornhusks)

2. Gobbling Turkey Cookies Recipe
These cookies are also easy enough for kids to assemble on their own, making for a great family activity.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 0!
Difficulty: Easy
Makes: 12 cookies


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250 millilitres (1 cup) of frosting
1 small sandwich-sized plastic baggie
1 dozen prebaked sugar cookies
1 package of candy corn
1 small package of mini chocolate chips


  1. Scoop frosting into baggie toward one of the bottom corners
  2. Snip a tiny hole in one corner to make piping bag
  3. Pipe a 1.5-centimetre (1/2-inch) thick strip on the upper half of the cookie
  4. Immediately place candy corn onto the frosting with narrow side down to form the feathers
  5. Pipe 2 small dots in the middle of the cookie and place a mini chocolate chip on each dot for the eyes
  6. Finally, pipe on the turkey’s beak and feet

3. Chocolate Pilgrim Hat Cookies Recipe
Prep time:
15 minutes
Bake time: 0!
Difficulty: Easy
Makes: 12 cookies

125 millilitres (1/2 cup) chocolate frosting
125 millilitres (1/2 cup) vanilla frosting tinted yellow
2 sandwich-sized plastic baggies
1 package of round cookies (we like vanilla and fudge ones)
1 bag mini peanut butter cups


  1. Place frostings into 2 separate small sandwich-sized baggies
  2. Snip off one corner to make piping bag
  3. Starting with the chocolate frosting, pipe around the middle and place the unwrapped peanut butter cup, top down, on the frosting (the frosting acts like a glue)
  4. Decorate the pilgrim hat by piping yellow frosting along the bottom of the peanut butter cup

Tip: Serve all of these cookies on a tray together or separate for a fun and festive fall cookie platter!

Jackie is a wife and mother of 3 living in Solana Beach, Calif. She is the author of the food blog The Seaside Baker, which focuses on delicious baked desserts and the occasional savoury dish. Jackie loves to travel and is currently working on a cookbook that features West Coast farmers and cuisine.

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