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Gingerbread Christmas tree decorations


Makes: 25-30 (depending on the size of cutter used)
timePrep time: 1 hr 20 mins
timeTotal time:
Gingerbread Christmas tree decorations
Recipe photograph by Tara Fisher

Gingerbread Christmas tree decorations

Take your Christmas tree decorations to the next level by adding our festive gingerbread baubles

Makes: 25-30 (depending on the size of cutter used)
timePrep time: 1 hr 20 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
99Kcal
Fat
4gr
Saturates
2gr
Carbs
15gr
Sugars
9gr
Protein
1gr
Salt
0gr

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 100g cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
To decorate
  • 125g royal icing sugar
  • 1 pack edible silver balls

Step by step

Get ahead

Uniced, the biscuits keep for 4 days in an airtight container, or can be frozen for up to 1 month. Once decorated, eat within 1 day.

  1. Mix together the golden syrup and egg yolk in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices and a pinch of salt into a large bowl and add the cold diced butter. Rub the butter into the flour using your fingers, but try not to overwork the mixture. You can also do this step in a food processor, or in a free-standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

  3. When the mixture resembles fine sand, and there are no visible lumps of butter remaining, add the sugar and mix again to incorporate. Add the syrup mixture and mix again until the dough starts to clump together, but don’t overwork it. Use your hands to gently knead the dough into a smooth ball. Flatten into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 1 hour.

  4. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to a thickness of 2-3mm. Using bauble cutters stamp out shapes from the dough and carefully arrange on the prepared baking sheets, leaving a little space between each cookie. Press the blunt end of a wooden skewer into the top of each cookie to make a hole through which you can thread pretty string or ribbon once baked and iced.

    Tip

    You can buy bauble cookie cutters from specialist baking shops such as cakecraftshop.co.uk, or draw a bauble on a piece of card, cut it out and use as a template.

  5. Gather any dough scraps together, knead gently into a ball and reroll, then stamp out more cookies. Chill the cookies for 15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4.
  6. Bake the biscuits in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes until starting to brown slightly at the edges. Remove from the oven and, if the hole has closed up again during baking, press the skewer through it again.

  7. Leave the biscuits to cool and firm up on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  8. Sift the royal icing sugar into a bowl and, beating constantly, gradually add cold water – ½ tablespoon at a time – until the icing holds a firm ribbon trail. Scoop the icing into a disposable piping bag fitted with a fine writing nozzle, or snip the end into a fine point (about 2mm) and pipe the icing into decorative lines, stars and dots around each bauble biscuit. Add edible silver balls to decorate.

  9. Leave for at least 2 hours until the icing has completely dried before tying with ribbon and packaging.

    Recipe by Annie Rigg

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