It’s still sort of Christmas round these parts. The Minx doesn’t go back to school until Monday and we keep the tree up until January 6th as is traditional in the UK.
So I wanted to share one of the most fun things we did this Christmas, which was make gingerbread cookies for the tree.
I wanted to do something to pull together the hodgepodge of ornaments and decorations we’ve gathered together over the years, so I decorated them as simply as possible with white frosting and assorted pinkish ribbons from my ribbon box.
The very cool thing about them is that you’re always prepared for unexpected kid guests, of which there seem to be very many over the holiday period. Kids seem to love being able to choose their own cookie from the tree.
If you want to make some next year I can highly recommend this recipe which made easy and extremely tasty cookies.
I used this recipe for basic royal icing using egg whites but halved the amount (ie. 1 egg white to 1.5 cups of sugar). You really don’t need much icing for these babies.
I then pushed a little sugar ball into the cookie dough before baking, which could be pushed out at the end and left a little hole for hanging without the need to do dangerous things with skewers. This worked fantastically for the heart and star-shaped cookies, but I think next time I need to find a way of creating slightly smaller holes for my gingerbread girls and boys, so they don’t all look like that have frontal lobotomies.
As you can see, my icing skills leave an awful lot to be desired, but they were hugely fun to do and I think they have a certain, er, rustic charm.
I think this is the start of a new Christmas tradition anyway, though I bet I’ll be cursing these come December-time. Did you guys start any new traditions this holiday?