Sunday, December 5, 2010

O Tannenbaum

As I said in my previous post, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. In fact, it's looking more and more like Christmas everyday!

Today we put up and decorated the Christmas tree. I decided to try something different this year and decorated the tree with some homemade gingerbread ornaments. I've included the recipe below in case anyone else wants to make some.

Gingerbread Christmas Ornament Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup water
To make:
  • Beat shortening and sugar together in a large bowl.
  • Add the molasses.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and flour.
  • Slowly stir the dry mixture and the water (alternating between the two) into the bowl with the shortening, sugar, and molasses mixture.
  • Mix thoroughly into a dough (you will need to use your hands at this point).
  • Refrigerate for 6-8 hours or freeze for 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Divide the mixture into smaller pieces and roll each piece into a 1/4 inch thick crust.
  • Use cookie cutters to create desired shapes.
  • Use a drinking straw (I used the end of a pen) to pierce holes in the tops for hanging.
  • Place cutouts onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Allow to cool and harden completely.
  • Decorate as desired.
I also made the icing for decorating my ornaments. To make, beat together 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. Place into a baggie and cut a tiny piece of the corner off for easy decorating. Just a note, the icing hardens quickly.

Aside from being adorable, these ornaments smell really good, too. It is also important to note that these ornaments are NOT edible. They get really hard so you'd probably break all your teeth. Also, I tasted a little piece of the dough before I baked the cookies and it tasted awful anyways.

Also, sorry for going all Martha Stewart on you, but I really love Christmas.

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