I made these edible Gingerbread Christmas decorations last year but they are too brilliant not to share again.
Not only do these look so pretty hanging on Christmas tree but they make the house smell amazing too.
They are really easy to make and fun to decorate. They are the perfect activity to do with children this Christmas time. Check out the full post HERE for more pictures and instructions other than what can be found on the recipe below.
Not your average gingerbread man!
Every Christmas I plan on making a gingerbread house and every Christmas I back out because of the work involved. With two kids to entertain during the holidays, constructing and decorating a whole gingerbread house is not exactly the most sensible undertaking. The trouble is I absolutely love the smell of gingerbread. Usually I would be happy with the average gingerbread man biscuit, but it is Christmas after all. And if you can’t make something special at Christmas then when can you?
These decorations really are special. Plus they can be decorated with any colour scheme and made into any shape you like.
Gingerbread Hanging Christmas Decorations
Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda and all spices into a bowl. I don’t sift this but you can.
Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream together. I use a paddle attachment on the freestanding mixer. You could also use a handheld whisk.
Once light and fluffy add the egg and treacle*. Scrape down the sides to ensure a through mix
Add the flour mixture slowly on a slow speed (unless you fancy doing a ghost impression for the post man who invariably turns up at this point wanting a signature!).
Ensure you scrape down the sides.
Once a dough has been formed take it out of the mixture and wrap it in clingfilm. Place this in the fridge for 4-6 hours to fully rest.
If you want to rest it for less time split the mixture into ¾ portions.
Preheat the oven to 170°C.
Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper. I use baking spray to secure this to the tray but I don’t spray the top of the paper where the biscuits will be.
On a floured surface roll out the dough to about 1/2cm thick.
Cut into desired shapes. I used round, holly leaves and snowflakes for this bake.
Using a straw poke through a hole where you want the hanging ribbon to go.
Leave the biscuits to cool for a few minutes then place on a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.