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Cookie Leaves

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  Whole wheat pastry flour 1 3⁄4 Cup (28 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1 Teaspoon
  Butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened
  Honey 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Anise extract/1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  Vanilla icing 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), divided
  Natural green food coloring 3 Teaspoon

Sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda into a medium-size bowl.
In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy.
Beat in honey and egg.
Stir in anise or vanilla extract.
Add dry ingredients, mixing in well.
Form into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, at least 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/8-inch thickness.
The dough will be soft.
Cut with a leaf-shaped cookie cutter, or cut a leaf from a piece of cardboard, and trace around it on dough with a knife.
Place leaves on ungreased baking sheets, and bake on middle shelf of oven for about 7 minutes, or until golden.
Cool on wire racks.
To 1 cup Vanilla Icing, add enough green food coloring to make a light green color.
Frost cooled cookies.
To remaining 1/2 cup frosting, add enough green food coloring to make a dark green color.
Place dark green icing into a pastry bag with a writing tip, and make dark green veins on leaves.

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