Every year I get sucked in by all the blingy, shimmery, colourful Christmas decorations in the stores and think “oh, let’s have a new colour scheme this year!”. And every year I end up going back to my trusty red baubles and beads… This year I’m trying to mix it up a bit, so I found a recipe for gingerbread and adapted it slightly, then made it into these gorgeous, colourful ‘stained glass’ gingerbread Christmas tree decorations!
Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations
Make these rustic-style gingerbread tree decorations to decorate your home with this festive season - or just make gingerbread men and scoff them!
Preheat the oven to 180°C / Gas mark 4. Line a couple of large baking trays with baking parchment.
Beat the softened butter and the sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the beaten egg and golden syrup and mix well.
Add in the flour, baking powder and spices and mix until a smooth dough forms.
Dust the work surface with flour and roll out the dough until around 4mm thick. Don't go too thin or the dough will tear when cutting out!
Cut out some large shapes using the cutters. Then cut out a smaller shape from the centre, or use a different shape altogether. This is where your 'stained glass' will go.
Keep re-rolling the dough and cutting out more shapes until you have used all the dough. Now make a hanging hole in each large shape using a straw.
Sort the boiled sweets into colours in food bags and bash with a rolling pin until crushed (great for getting rid of tension!).
Pop the biscuits in the middle of the oven for 5 minutes. (I did this in two batches). After 5 minutes, add some of the crushed sweets to fill the hole - don't overfill or the sweets will 'leak' out of the shape. Check the hanging hole hasn't closed up and poke it again with the straw if it has!
Put the biscuts back into the over for another six minutes or so. Check them - they should just be turning brown around the edges and the sweets should have melted.
Remove the cooked biscuits from the oven and leave to cool completely on the trays. Mix a small amount of lemon juice with icing sugar to make a fairly thick icing that can be piped. Use a piping bag or make a cone from baking parchment, fill with the icing and pipe decoration onto the biscuits.
Carefully remove from the paper and thread with ribbon. If you find the back of the 'stained glass' is too sticky, pop a piece of cling film over it.
Hang on your tree! Watch out for little nibblers...
And, now that I have some spare baubles, I have plans for those too! Keep an eye out for my Crafts for Christmas posts coming soon!