Here's a super simple decorated cookie idea for you: ombre pumpkin cookies.
You'll just basically use one color icing for the main part of the pumpkins, in 4 shades. I started with a medium shade, then added a little bit of it to white icing to make a couple shades lighter, and added a bit more food coloring in another bowl to make a shade darker.
For this orange, I used AmeriColor Orange and Ivory.
For the stem and tendril, I used AmeriColor Avocado. This is only because I'm out of Leaf Green and it was too late to run to Hobby Lobby.
I made the cut-out cookies the day before, so decorating went really quickly.
Make your royal icing and tint. Then, use a #2 tip to outline the sections of the pumpkin. (You can even use a food coloring marker to draw on lines before piping...I did this for some of the cookies.)
Thin the icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup. You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin. Count of 2-3 is good. Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.
Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed. Pour into squeeze bottles.
Fill in the outlined sections, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and pop large air bubbles.
I really wanted the colors to be right up next to each other as opposed to separated by big outlines, so I brought the thinned flood icing right up over the outlines. To prevent the colors running, I flooded areas that weren't touching, let them set a bit, then flooded the adjacent colors.
Once the icing has dried about an hour, add the stem and tendril in green using a #1 tip.
I think these cookies would be super cute in shades of green or pink, too!
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