I bought this cookie cutter set last year and decided to make myself a little edible Christmas tree. It worked well so I decided to share it with you today. My cutters were from Avon however I’ve found this set from Lakeland which is the exact same. I only use the 5 smallest ones as the bigger ones take up an entire baking tray and nobody’s got time for that!
The entire process is so simple and the fun thing is you can decorate it however you want.
- 100g Butter
- 150g Plain Flour
- 50g Golden Caster Sugar
- 1tsp Ground Ginger
- 1tbsp Milk
For the decoration you will need:
- Plenty of imagination
- White or Milk Chocolate
Preheat your oven to 150˚C then add the butter, flour and ginger into a large mixing bowl and using your fingers rub it together to form a breadcrumb consistency. Add the sugar and mix it in. Start working the mix into a ball. I added the milk here to help the mixture stick together better, however, you can always use extra butter if it feels to dry. Likewise, if it feels too sticky and gloopy, add more flour until you have a ball of dough that you feel can be rolled out.
Roll it out onto a floured work surface turning it as you go so it doesn’t stick and then using your cookie cutters, cut out two of each size star. The more stars you cut, the taller the Christmas tree will stand. If you have more mouths to feed then cut three out or cut four and make two separate trees. Prick the top of the shortbread before placing in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. The shortbread should be pale and soft when it comes out of the oven, but don’t worry, it will harden as it cools.
Leave it to cool completely before constructing your tree.
Melt your chosen chocolate and start with the two largest stars, these will be the base. Blob a bit of chocolate in the middle of one of the stars and then stack the other one on top – Make sure that you turn the second star so that the pointy parts sit where the non-pointy parts are on the bottom star (technical or what)!? Carry on stacking the shortbread until you reach the top. It should resemble a Christmas Tree now…
You can decorate it however you wish – I just lightly dusted it with icing sugar and stuck a bow on for the pictures and then demolished it and gave it to my nephew to decorate as I know he will have much more fun – and also my sister has to do the cleaning up that way! Smarties make great baubles and this writing icing is great for tinsel, or what about edible glitter!? The possibilities are endless 🙂
Let me know if you will be having a go at making your very own edible Christmas Tree…