- 100 gr sugar
- 170 gr molasses
- 1-1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- one tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 113 gr margarine (1 stick)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 384 gr all-purpose flour
For the royal icing:
- 125 gr powdered sugar (confectioners sugar or icing sugar)
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Instructions Gingerbread Cookies Christmas Tree:
- In a large saucepan, combine sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Also bring to a boil over medium-high heat stirring occasionally.
- Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat and whisk in baking soda. Mixture will foam up.
- Add in margarine and stir until melted.
- Whisk in egg and finally mix in flour.
- Put onto a floured surface and knead until mixture becomes workable and smooth (about 1 minute).
- Divide dough in half and roll out on aluminium foil to just under 50 millimeters thick.
- Cut 2 cookies for each size of cutter in the 6 pieces star cookie cutter set.
- Remove excess dough from around stars and bake in a preheated 162 degrees Celsius oven for 10-12 minutes.
- Let cool for a few minutes on the foil and remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
The royal icing:
- Mix until icing is a thick but workable consistency. When icing is drizzled on top of itself, it should settle back into itself with no trace.
- Put into a zip lock bag and snip the very corner off the bag.
- Decorate the cookies any way you see fit. Let dry for 20-30 minutes. Begin with one of the largest cookies and place onto a plate or platter. Put a dollop of icing in the center and put the second cookie of the same size on top, staggering the points. Let dry for a few minutes. Also repeat with remaining pieces in order from largest to smallest, staggering the points of the stars. Furthermore let dry for a few hours and then decorate with more royal icing or powdered sugar to give the effect of melting snow on the branches.
Prep time: 40 min
Total time: 1h 30 min
Notes Gingerbread Cookies Christmas Tree:
- If you want to use your tree as a decoration you can do so and it will last on your platter in your kitchen or living room for up to 5 days. You can still eat it at the end of these 5 days. Or you can leave it and use it only as a decoration and it will keep for about 1-2 months. Although it would be a shame to let such a tasty treat go to waste…
- You can also use the royal icing as a glue to form this tree and use just the powdered sugar to decorate it!
Tip: In addition You can use some Christmas cake decorations to decorate your tree as well. Just make it your own!
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