101 Days of Christmas: Gingerbread Star Christmas Tree
source: Mandi Ehman

101 Days of Christmas: Gingerbread Star Christmas Tree

Gingerbread Star Christmas Tree {101 Days of Christmas at lifeyourway.net}

Want a ridiculously easy way to wow your kids? Well, look no further — this is it!

The girls watched me rolling out the dough the other evening: “Whatcha making?” they whispered, one by one. “You’ll see,” I replied.

Then I pulled out the star cookie cutters, and that was enough excitement for them: “Ooh, star gingerbread cookies!” they exclaimed. “The tiny one is mine,” Baby Girl said.

When I began adding the green outline and stacking the pieces together, you would have thought I was hanging the literal stars in the skies. “WHAT is that?!” “Look what Mom’s doing!” And then…”It’s a tree! She made a tree!”

When my husband came in from outside, he was bombarded by, “Dad, you have to see what Mom made!”

I’ve been wanting to make one of these classic trees but hadn’t gotten around to it; however, when I spotted this Wilton Cookie Tree Cutter Kit on Amazon for just $5, I couldn’t resist. My tree is a lot smaller and simpler than the recipes that come in the box — I used just half a batch of gingerbread cookie dough and the five smallest cookie cutters from the kit — but I love how it turned out. And my kids loved oohing and ahhing over it almost as much as they enjoyed eating it, which is always a win.

This would even make a fun baking project for kids. You could make even smaller trees with just the three smallest sizes and let the kids put them together and decorate them themselves!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 batch soft gingerbread cookie dough
  • 5 star cookie cutters in graduated sizes
  • decorator gel or icing
  • optional: sprinkles, candies, etc.
  • toothpick

Directions:

Prepare dough according to original directions and chill until firm, about two hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove dough from the fridge, unwrap and roll out on a lightly floured surface until dough is 1/8″ thick. Use star cookie cutters to cut out your cookies and place them on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets with plenty of room to spread. {I made 3 of each size but didn’t end up using all of the little ones.}

Bake for 10-12 minutes. The edges will look cooked, but the cookies should still be soft in the middle. Move to a wire rack to cool.

Once cooled, outline the cookies with the decorator gel and stack them together, largest to smallest, alternating the points as you go. Break the toothpick in half and stick it halfway into the tiniest star to help hold it up on the top of the tree. Cover gently with plastic wrap if you won’t be eating it right away.

Variations:

  • Use sugar cookies or another favorite cut-out recipe instead.
  • Decorate with icing, sprinkles, candies, etc.

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