Make Christmas tree ornaments out of gingerbread cookies – so fun to make with the kids!
This weekend we bought our Christmas tree and I thought now that Madison is getting a little older (she’s 5) it would be fun to spend Sunday making homemade ornaments. We blasted Christmas music in the background, had lots of fun and the whole house smelled like gingerbread.
This is such a fun project to make with the family, all you need is some cookie cutters (I chose stars, Madison used all different shapes), some twine and I used the tip of the piping bag to cut the holes in the dough. My older daughter Karina even wanted to help so it became a family affair, with lots of laughs, and a great way to get everyone off their iPads and computers. My girlfriend is a Girl Scout leader and plans on doing this with her girls.
Madison hugged me so hard when we were all done and said it was the Best. Day. Ever! A Sunday well spent, making memories that will last forever. Here’s the basic steps, have fun!
DIY Gingerbread Tree Ornaments
Makes about 60 ornaments
What you’ll need:
- 1 batch gingerbread cookie dough and icing
- thin twine (this is from Ikea)
- piping tip to cut the holes
- baking trays
- silpat liners
- extra flour for dusting the surface
- rolling pin
- cookie cutters
You can use any gingerbread dough recipe you want, but I went with my basic recipe. For the icing, you won’t need food coloring unless you want colored icing, and you may want to double it depending on how you design them.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously dust the surface of your working area with flour before rolling out the dough. Work with one ball of dough at a time, keep the other refrigerated while you do so.
Roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thickness, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough if it’s sticky. Place flour on the cookie cutters so they don’t stick and cut the shapes.
Use a round piping tip to cut the holes.
Place the cookies 1 or 2 inches apart on a silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Let them cool, then pipe the designs.
Let it dry completely before hanging. I found it easier to tie the strings after I piped it.