Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Decorations Christmas is literally knocking on the door and if you are a last minute baker and decorator as I am then you might find this idea helpful and will still have time to make it. As we...

Christmas Decorations
Christmas Decorations

Christmas is literally knocking on the door and if you are a last minute baker and decorator as I am then you might find this idea helpful and will still have time to make it. As we are a little bit naturalistic we always have a fresh Christmas tree and already like it the way it is. Therefore we normally decorate it with baked decorations, ribbons, straw and wooden ornaments. So today I am going to show you how to make gingerbread decorations with candy glass.

First you need a gingerbread dough. You can use the traditional recipe that you use every year, or in case you don't have one yet here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 500 g of all purpose flour
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs+ 1 whisked egg for brushing before baking
  • ground cloves
  • 4 tbsp of honey
  • 100 g of butter
  • 1 pack of clear candy f.e. maple candy

Directions"

  1. First lets make the dough. Place a pot with water on the stove, and bring it to boil. Place another pot on top of it and cook honey with butter in it.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together all the other ingredients.
  3. Pour the honey-butter mixture in the bowl with other ingredients and knead well. Once the dough is smooth let it sit for about 2 hours.
  4. Roll the dough and cut bigger shapes with bigger cookie cutters. Then cut another shape inside of the cookie. With a small round cutter, cut the hole on top of the cookie. We will place the ribbon in there to hang on the tree.

    Star-shaped cookie
    Star-shaped cookie

  5. Once all the cookies are cut, place them on a baking sheet ( covered with baking paper) and brush the top with whisked egg.

    Brush the top with an egg
    Brush the top with an egg

  6. With a mortar and pestle crush the candy. You can crush the same colors or you can mix them together.

    Crushed Candy
    Crushed Candy

  7. Place the candy in the center and bake at 350 F for about 10 min or until golden brown. The candy will melt and create a stained glass window effect.

    Before baking
    Before baking

  8. Take out of the oven and let cool on the paper. When the candy is hard again remove from the paper. Don't place them on top of each other as they would stick. Move them to a non stick tray. DSCF2926
  9. Now all that is left to do is decorate. Excuse my decorating skills as I am not a professional decorator but I can definitely recommend a decorating pen as it makes the results much better.
  10. Now use red ribbon to hang them on the tree.

    Gingerbread decorations
    Gingerbread decorations

Do you have your own creative Christmas decoration? How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Let us know and share your pictures in the comments under the article. Please contact us if you have any questions or in case you are looking for new recipes and ideas.