Lebkuchen Christmas Tree Decoration

So, I’ve been baking all week last week to get the recipe right for this year’s Christmas tree decoration. I’ve decided to make cookie ornaments this year, completely toddler friendly, if Bobcat gets his hands on them and takes a bite – no problemo, it’s just cookies. Oh, and the gorgeous smell of the freshly baked cookies will fill your house for days giving you an extra benefit for your efforts!

Find my recipe for the Lebkuchen (German honey and ginger cookie) here: Christmas Lebkuchen Recipe  image

Used 2 methods for decorating the cookies:

  • Home-made sugar paste. Easier than you think. Put some icing sugar into a small bowl, pour very little water on it and stir. Keep adding more water depending how thick paste you want. For dipping the watery paste is better, but for snow-white writing quality icing you need to add less water making the mixture thicker. Then ladle it into a clean plastic food zip bag and cut a tiny hole off one corner. This is the cheapest possible option to create your own icing pipe. You can also perfectly determinate the size of the hole. (I have tried Sainsbury’s White Designer Icing, but it didn’t work well for me.) I then used some edible white pearl and bronze sprinklers too.

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  • Ready to roll icing. I used Sainsbury’s Ready To Roll White Icing and I was very happy with it. With Christmas themed decorating cutters I made cut outs from the thinly rolled icing and stick them on the Lebkuchens with edible glue. Very very easy.

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To cut a hole into the cookies so that I can hang them on the tree I used a simple plastic drinking straw at around half way through the 10 minutes baking time. To hang them on the tree I used silk ribbon pieces, in festive red and green colour.

The preparation is very easy, the baking takes little time too, so I can recommend it as a children Christmas preparation activity, the decoration is good fun and it makes very little mess.

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