Gingerbread Christmas Decorations

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Every year I try and make a gingerbread house. However this year I haven’t had enough time so I thought I’d make some gingerbread decorations for our Christmas tree instead. Very simple and easy to make but they look (and taste) great.

So here’s how (make about 20 gingerbread cookies):

  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 125g butter
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg

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To decorate:

  • white writing icing
  • ribbon

Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger and butter. Mix in the sugar and beat the mixture until it looks like breadcrumbs. Then add in the egg and golden syrup until the dough clumps together. Knead the dough on a floury surface, roll into a ball then wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

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Roll out the dough on a floury surface using a rolling pin until about half a cm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough and place shapes onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Pre heat the oven to 180C (160C fan) and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. As soon as they are out of the oven use a skewer to make a hole to thread your ribbon through. Leave to cool completely on a wire wrack.

I had some extra dough left over so I made some little star cookies to nibble on.

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Once they are completely cool decorate using the white writing icing. Then thread some ribbon through the hole in the gingerbread and hang on the tree.

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Recipe from BBC Good Food. 

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