Children’s Christmas Craft: Gingerbread Tree

This beautiful edible tree makes a great table centre piece. Easy and fun to do, your children will love to get involved.

A Lovely Centre Piece Gingerbread Christmas Tree

A Lovely Centre Piece Gingerbread Christmas Tree

Ingredients

75g butter

50g soft brown sugar

3 heaped tablespoons of golden syrup

175g plain flour

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

50g icing sugar

a drop of green food colouring (or a mix of blue and yellow)

10cm lollypop stick (A cut down wooden skewer would work just as well)

A selection of cake decorating toppings such as sprinkles, hundreds and thousands, silver balls etc.

Greaseproof paper

x3 sizes of star cookie cutters.

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven 160C
  2. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Put the flour, ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl and stir in the melted butter mix.
  4. Knead to a soft rollable dough. (If it’s too wet add a little more flour and too dry add a drop of water.) and roll out onto a lightly floured board about 1/2 cm thick.
  5. Cut out 4 large, medium and small stars, place them on baking trays lined with greaseproof paper.Cut out 3 different star sizes.
  6. Use the lolly stick to poke a hole into the centre of each star. Wiggle the lolly-stick a little to make the hole slightly bigger than you need as it will close a little when baking.Use your lolly stick to make a hole in the middle of each star
  7. Pop in the oven and bake for 15 mins or until lightly golden.
  8. When cool mix up the icing sugar with the green food colouring and a few drops of water. Pour the icing onto a flat plate and dip one side of each star into the icing. (This is quicker than trying to paint it on.)
  9. Before the icing sets decorate with your choice of sprinkles etc. (I used red sprinkles and silver and gold balls.)Decorate the green icing before it sets
  10. When the icing has set simply thread the stars biggest first, then medium, then small onto the lolly stick. (You may need to poke through the holes first with a cocktail stick if they’ve become blocked with icing but this is easy enough to do.)

 Wrapped up in a see-through presentation bag with a swish of ribbon they make a really pretty homemade Christmas gift.

A wrapped tree makes a lovely gift.

We hope you have lots of fun with this idea and would love to hear how you got on.

2012 © My Little 3 and Me

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6 thoughts on “Children’s Christmas Craft: Gingerbread Tree

    • I’m glad you like it, thanks for taking the time to let us know 🙂

      At this time of year the less trips to busy shops the better! You could maybe cut the stars out of cardboard and then use those as a template to cut around with a knife? If you floured your rolled dough you could layer it on top of each other and cut out a few layers at the same time, then it wouldn’t be too fiddly to do. Another idea would be to use round cutters of different sizes instead.

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