How-To - Simple Projects

Holiday project: Gingerbread ornaments

Put your favourite gingerbread recipe to the test this Christmas with these easy and adorable DIY ornaments.

Use your favourite gingerbread recipe, and cut the rolled dough into any Christmas-themed cookies. Once they have baked and cooled, make the icing (recipe below) and get ready to decorate!

Royal Icing

  • 1 pound of confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large egg whites

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar and egg whites.

Mixing on low speed, add up to 1/2 cup water depending on the consistency you want your icing to be. Mix until the icing holds a ribbon-like trail.

Place the icing in a piping bag.

A few tips to make the ornaments
  • Don't forget to cut out a small hole in each ornament before baking the cookies so you a place to tie them to your tree!
  • Make 2 batches of icing: one looser than the other. Use the firmer icing to trace out the contours of the ornaments, and the more fluid one to fill them.
  • If you want to correct a line made with icing, do it fast (using a Q-tip) because the icing dries quite quickly.
  • Experiment with different icing dyes, and different colored strings for your Christmas tree.

For more delicious recipes from Jennifer Bartoli, visit Chocolate Shavings.


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