Prep time:plus chilling
Costs: Cheap as chips
Skill level: Easy peasy
The children will absolutely love making this gingerbread tree. Made from star-shaped cookies which are extremely easy to make the kids will enjoy sticking the biscuits together to assemble a tree. Then they’ll enjoy eating them even more! For an extra special Christmas centrepiece, you could ice a cake board with royal icing, making peaks and swirls with a fork, then stand the tree in the centre. Surround with snowmen figures which could be made with white easy-ice and dust with icing sugar. Look for different coloured edible sugar balls in major supermarkets, cook shops and online.
To make a giant gingerbread tree like our vlogger Sarah and the twins, double or even triple the quantities and see how high you can go!
- 450g plain flour
- 4tsp ground ginger
- ½tsp ground cinnamon
- 3tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100g butter
- 200g soft light brown sugar
- 6tbsp golden syrup
- 4tbsp milk
- 12tbsp icing sugar mixed to a paste with 2tbsp water, for sticking
- edible coloured sugar balls, to decorate
- sprinkles, to decorate
- writing icing, to decorate
You will also need:
- different sized star-shaped cookie cutters, ranging from large to small
- To make a giant gingerbread tree like our vlogger Sarah and the twins, you will need double or triple quantities. See how high you can make it!
- To prep for your gingerbread tree, lightly oil 2 baking sheets and line with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 160C, 140C fan, gas 3. Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl.
- Place the butter, sugar and syrup in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring once or twice until the butter has melted.
- Remove the pan from the heat and pour the melted sugar and butter into the flour and spice mixture. Add the milk. Mix with a wooden spoon until you have a firm dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins.
- Lightly knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 1 min until the dough is pliable. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to a 1cm thickness. Using the star-shaped cutters, cut out a mix of large stars, medium, small and 1 very small - this will make your tower, so make sure you have around the same number of each. Place on the baking sheets.
- Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes or until just golden. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and leave until cold.
- Place one of the large stars on a serving plate. Using some of the icing, stick the biscuits together, stack the biscuits in order of size into a tree shape. Stick large edible balls on the tree with icing and use sprinkles and writing icing to decorate. Leave icing to dry before serving.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.