The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts or dates but today, there are a wide variety of ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes used.
We are very fond of the idea of edible decorations as it adds another fun dimension to the christmas tree, kids (and, who are we kidding, adults) love them, and we get to bake. Why not try these Christmas Cookie Decorations which can be hung on your tree and they are perfect as a festive gift.
CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATIONS
For the cookies
220g butter, softened
For the icing
To make the cookies:
- Preheat oven to 190C.
- Place butter, vanilla and sugar into a bowl and beat together until creamy and pale in colour.
- Add flour and salt and mix until a soft dough forms.
- Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm enough to roll.
- Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out thinly (1/2 cm in thickness).
- Cut out cookies using Christmas cookie cutters and transfer onto a greased baking tray.
- Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Remove from oven, pierce a small hole near the top of the cookie (using a tooth pick), and allow to cool on a wire rack.
To make the icing:
- Mix together the icing sugar with a squeeze of lemon juice until smooth, but still stiff enough to pipe.
- Place icing in a small icing bag and pipe patterns onto cooled Christmas cookies.
- Decorate using silver balls or any other appropriate edible decorations.
- Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and use to decorate the Christmas tree.