Making gingerbread Christmas tree decorations is a lovely festive project to get little ones involved in the run-up to Christmas.
The decorations are perfect for children to gift family and friends. I used to make batches with my children for their teachers as thank you gifts at Christmas.
Find step-by-step instructions below.
I hope you have lots of creative fun making them!
Gingerbread Christmas Tree Ornaments
- 300g (11oz) butter
- 125g (4½oz) caster sugar
- 125g (4½oz) soft dark brown sugar
- 225g (8oz) golden syrup or treacle
- 725g (1lb 9oz) plain flour
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 3 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups plain flour
For the icing for the gingerbread decorations:
- 175g (6oz) icing sugar
- 1-2 tbsp boiling water
To complete the decorations:
- drinking straw to make a hole in the gingerbread
How to make:
- Preheat the oven to 180⁰C (350⁰F), Gas mark 4. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter together with the sugars and golden syrup or treacle.
- Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl.
- Add the melted butter and sugar and mix together.
- Knead the mixture for a few seconds until it comes together, adding a teaspoon or so of water if necessary, but without allowing it to get too wet.
- Flatten the dough slightly into a round about 2cm (¾in) thick, wrap with cling film and place in the fridge for 30 mins.
- To make the gingerbread Christmas tree decorations, remove the dough from the fridge, dust the work surface with flour and roll all of the dough out to about 5mm (¼in) thick.
- Cut out the shapes using cutters.
- Make a hole in the top of each cut out shape with a drinking straw before baking.
- Transfer onto the baking trays allowing 1-2cm between shapes as they expand slightly during baking. and cook in the oven for 12 minutes, until they are slightly firm, a little darker at the edges and slightly drier on top.
- Allow the shapes to firm up for a few minutes , then place them on a wire rack to cool.
- Let the gingerbread cool completely before decorating them.
To make the icing:
- Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the water. Beat until the icing comes together, adding a little more water if necessary. (Be careful not to add too much or the icing will be too runny).
- Decorate with icing, sweets and dried fruit. Leave to dry completely.
- Thread a ribbon through the hole and tie it to form a loop.
- Hang on the Christmas tree!
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