Iced Christmas Cookie Decorations

This simple gingerbread recipe is easy to follow and makes about 35 edible tree decorations. The dough is easy to handle, so children will love rolling it, cutting out different festive shapes and decorating the baked cookies with icing.

Iced Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

Iced Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 stick butter, cut into pieces
¾ cup light unrefined sugar
1 egg, beaten
4 tbsp. sugar syrup

For the icing:
1 egg white, beaten with 5–7 oz confectioner’s sugar (adjust the quantity slightly, depending on the size of the egg; the icing should be smooth)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Directions

1. Put the flour, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon in a bowl. Rub in the butter so the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

Add Butter to Dry Ingredients for Cookies

Add Butter to Dry Ingredients for Cookies

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Add the egg and syrup, then mix to form a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead to bring the dough together. Try this homemade walnut bread recipe.

Dough Made with Egg and Syrup

Dough Made with Egg and Syrup

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Divide the dough into two batches. Roll each batch out with a lightly floured rolling pin to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch.

Use Rolling Pin To Roll Out Cookie Dough

Use Rolling Pin To Roll Out Cookie Dough

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

4. Cut shapes with cookie cutters; make a hole in each with a skewer, place on greased baking trays and bake for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the cookies while they bake, as they may burn.

Cutting Cookie Dough

Cutting Cookie Dough

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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