SIMPLE MINI GINGERBREAD TREES
Emily Leary from A Mummy Too brings you her third and final festive recipe, a forest of delicious gingerbread trees! Let the little ones go wild with the decorations…they’ll love it.
Make this easy 3D gingerbread Christmas tree during the holidays. It’s delicious fun!
To make four trees, you’ll need…
- 120g butter
- 100g golden syrup
- 100g black treacle
- 85g light brown sugar
- 335g plain flour
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- pinch salt
- a tube of writing icing to assemble
- assorted chocolate beans
You’ll also need to print out this template and cut out each of the stars:
To make the dough, mix all your dry ingredients in one bowl and your wet ingredients in another. Microwave the wet ingredients just long enough for the butter to melt. Stir well to combine, leave to cool, then stir into the dry ingredients to make a dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for an hour.
Roll your dough out to about 7mm thick and lay the stars on top. Use a sharp knife to cut round each of the stars. Gather up your dough and repeat to make four sets, enough for four Christmas trees.
Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan). Place each set of cookies on a greaseproof paper lined baking sheet, well spaced. Bake for 6 minutes, then remove the mini stars and put on a cooling tray, then bake the larger stars for another 6 minutes.
While the larger stars are still warm, push one of the cooled mini stars in the smallest warm star at 90 degrees to create two little dips – this will help it stand up when you put it all together.
To assemble the tree, start with the largest star, pipe a blog of icing in the centre and top with a mini star, then another blob of icing. Continue alternating between the larger stars and mini stars, finishing with the standing up star you made earlier, using a bit of extra piping icing to support it if needed.
Leave the tree to set for 15 minutes, then decorate with some of the chocolate beans, using the icing to glue them in place.
Enjoy! For more fun festive activities click here.