Gingerbread Christmas Decorations Recipe

This gingerbread dough is firm enough for tree decorations or to enjoy with a cup of spiced tea or cordial! Why not let the kids cut out their favourite shapes and decorate with icing and sprinkles.

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Cuisine

British

Time

> 2 hrs

Skill Level

Newbie

Serves

12

Courses etc.

Baking Sweet
Christmas Recipes
Nibbles and Snacks
Recipes for kids

You will need

IngredientAdd
3 cups or 375g plain white flour Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
1/4 tsp baking powder

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2 tsp ground ginger

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2 tsp ground cinnamon

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1/4 tsp ground allspice pimento

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1/2 tsp ground black pepper

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1/4 tsp salt

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80g softened butter Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
1/8 or 25g cup light brown sugar

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1/2 cup or 170g honey More products
1 large egg Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
1/2 cup or 170g dark molasses More products
1/2 tsp water
Serving Suggestion
Belvoir Ginger Cordial More products

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Method

  • Please allow for overnight refrigeration of the dough.
  • Put flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper and salt in a large bowl and combine.
  • In a separate bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy.  Then beat in egg, honey, molasses and water until creamy. Best to use electric whisk.
  • Add half of the dry mixture into the molasses mixture.  Beat until blended and creamy.  
  • Stir in the remainder of the flour and knead until well blended.
  • Tip: If the dough is too crumbly after kneading, add a little oil and knead until it comes back together.  Alternatively if it is too sticky, add a little flour.
  • It's best to wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for 24 hours.  This will allow the flavours to infuse.  NB lift the dough out of the fridge 2 hours before baking to allow it to warm up.
  • Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees.
  • When ready to bake, roll out the dough to a 5mm thickness and cut out your festive shapes.
  • Now's the time to make a hole at the top for hanging decorations. Don't make the hole too close to the edge of your shape.
  • Place onto a greased tray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and leave to cool a little before transferring onto a cooling rack.
  • Decorate with icing, sprinkles or just dust with icing sugar.
  • Once decorated, thread with ribbons if you're using your shapes as hanging decorations.
  • For those who don't want to hang their shapes, serve with some warmed Ginger Belvoir cordial!

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Plain White Flour ORGANIC
Doves Farm (1Kg)
£1.45
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Baking Powder
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Ground Ginger
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Ground Cinnamon
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Ground Allspice Pimento
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Fine Sea Salt
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Free Range Eggs Large
Oxenrig (6eggs)
£1.15
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Molasses Black Strap
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£2.09
Soft Light Brown Sugar Fourths
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Black Peppercorns
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Unsalted Welsh Butter Gluten Free, ORGANIC
Calon Wen (250g)
£3.19
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Clear Honey FairTrade, ORGANIC
Equal Exchange (500g)
£5.29
Ginger Cordial Vegan, ORGANIC
Belvoir (500ml)
£5.25