Baking is one of my favourite things to do, especially at Christmas. My very first baking post on my blog was the Banoffee Pie recipe from ‘Tanya Bakes’. I actually received this book for Christmas last year, but I love it and since then I have used it SO much! Its full of so many new and exciting recipes. But I’m yet to try baking anything Christmassy from the ‘Special Occasions’ section. I stumbled across these edible Christmas tree decorations and just thought they were the cutest thing. I love gingerbread so these sounded dreamy to me. And as put up my Christmas tree only yesterday, I thought now was the perfect time to give them a go!
To make the Christmas Tree Decorations, I used:-
- 150g unsalted butter
- 150g dark muscovado sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3tbsp golden syrup
- 400g plain flour (plus a little extra for dusting!)
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
For the icing, I used:-
- 200g icing sugar
- 1 tspn vanilla extract
- Cream the butter and sugar together until its light and fluffy. Then add the eggs and golden syrup. Combine these together well before mixing the flour, baking powder and spices with it. This should form a dough.
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough so it is 3-4mm thick. Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out your decorations. Continue to do this until you use up all of your dough.
- Arrange your festive shapes onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Poke a hole into the top of each biscuit using a straw.
- Bake in the oven at 180°C for 10-12 minutes until golden in colour. Some of the holes may have closed during baking, so whilst they are still hot, poke through each hole again. Transfer the decorations to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Now for the icing! Mix 1warm water into the icing sugar, 1tbsp at a time. Add vanilla extract and stir continually. Once you have thick, pipeable icing, transfer it to a piping bag. Decorate your cookies using your thinnest nozzle.
- Once set, string a ribbon or string through each hole. Your decorations can now happily hang on your tree.
Tip: This recipe makes about 40 decorations, so if you don’t want as many as that, you can always half the amount of ingredients you use!
I think these are just adorable, don’t you? They are going to sit so proudly on my Christmas tree. I say that, I’m not sure how many will actually make it that far as we’ve already eaten a few…
They are absolutely delicious and such a lovely thing to share out with friends and family this time of year. If you happen to recreate these, I’d love to hear what you think of them in the comments below. What are your favourite Christmas recipes? Let me know, and hopefully I can try them out before the festive season ends!
Recipe from Tanya Bakes