Posted by: Stephlechef | December 18, 2011

Christmas tree cookies

To continue a weekend of Christmas baking posts, here is a nice little idea for something to hang on the Christmas tree. It also makes the living room smell wonderfully ginger-y. However, warning- if you don’t eat them fairly quickly, they go stale. And when biscuits go stale, they go soft. And then they drop off the tree and fall on the presents. Woops.

Gingerbread tree biscuits

(This dough can be frozen if you don’t want a whole stack of biscuits all at once, although only for about a month – mine was freezer dough which had been in there maybe 4 months. Let’s say it’s more for looking at than eating.)

 

350g plain flour

2 tsp ground ginger

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

100g butter/margarine

175g soft light brown sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp golden syrup or maple syrup

 

Rub the butter into the flour, ginger and bicarbonate until it looks like breadcrumbs.

Stir in the sugar.

Beat the egg in a separate bowl and beat in the golden syrup.

Stir both mixtures together.

Knead the dough until smooth.

Roll out sections of the dough to 5mm thick and cut out using cutters (festive ones if you have them), laying each biscuit on a lined baking tray (keep apart to allow space to spread)

To make the hole, I use a straw- poke it into the dough and pull it out again, and it should leave a hole 🙂 … or, if you are William, suck up the dots of dough… charming, huh? The holes might seal up a little, but it’s easier than doing it with a knife once the biscuits are cooked and hard)

When you’ve done all the dough (or run out of tray space) cook 12-15 mins at 190c (you might want to overcook them just a little so they’re hard enough to hold their own weight on the tree! – they will still be a little soft when you take them out of the oven, but they will harden up)

 

To decorate, I made glace icing by mixing some icing sugar with a little bit of water to make a thick icing which I could pipe with – then decorate the biccies with the icing, and some silver balls/other fun stuff to stick on 🙂

Use a large needle to poke string through the holes (or re-poke the holes if they’ve sealed up) and tie it up- then decorate the tree!

 

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