Edible Christmas Decorations

Edible Christmas Decorations – Yummy!

One of my all time favorite recipes for Christmas time is the Christmas Cookie recipe from Nigella.  It’s got amazing Christmas flavors.  I love decorating them too, but I have a slightly different method to her.  I use chocolate and edible gold dust.  I have also adapted the recipe very slightly by adding in some ginger.  My Christmas simply would not be complete without these delicious goodiesEdible Christmas Decorations

My daughter and I had so much fun making these together.

So here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

300 grams flour

A Pinch of Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground black pepper

100 grams butter – softened

100 grams soft dark brown sugar

2 large eggs – beaten

4 tablespoons runny honey

100g good quality dark chocolate

Method

1. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C or Gas mark 3 or 350 degrees F.

2. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper in a food processor.  With it still running, add butter and then sugar.  Following that combine the eggs and honey. Very slowly add the egg and honey mixture.  Do not use all the liquid if the pastry comes together before it’s all used up.

3. Create two discs of dough, cover one in clingwrap and place in the fridge while you work with the other.

4. Dust flour on your work surface and the disc and roll out your dough until 5mm/1/4 inch thick.  Cut out your decorations with shapes of your choice.

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5. Keep doing this, using the second disc when done with the first, until your dough is all used up.
6. Make sure to make a hole for your string before placing in the oven.

Edible Christmas Decorations

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7. Place your shapes on the baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes.  They are done when the edges start to brown and the underside is no longer doughy.

8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

9. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler.


10. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled shapes.  Allow the chocolate to cool and harden completely before following the next step.
Edible Christmas Decorations

10. Using an ordinary soft paint brush, gently dust each cookie with gold sparkle, or any other color for that matter.

edible decorations for gifts or tree

These cookies make fantastic gifts in a mason jar, tied with a nice bow, or simply placed on your own Christmas Tree to be enjoyed at your leisure.

You can download a printable copy of the recipe here.

Happy baking!

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