Gingerbread Tree Stars
There’s nothing better than making your own Christmas decorations like these Gingerbread Tree Stars with your little ones. Of course these are lovely gingerbread biscuits in their own right and you can choose any shape you like, but there’s something very special about making stars to hang on the tree.
Makes about 30
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
120 g unsalted butter
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1½ cups (225 g) plain flour
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan-forced 160°C). Grease a large baking tray.
- Combine the golden syrup, sugar, spices and 1 teaspoon water in a small saucepan and stir constantly over medium heat until the syrup melts. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and add the butter, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. Stir until clear and smooth. Blend this hot mixture into the flour until a dough is formed.
- Roll out the dough on a floured board to a thickness of about 6 mm. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, then using an 8 cm star cutter, press out stars. Put the end of a dead match or piece of straw where you want a hole to be (to hang the biscuit from).
- Place on the tray and bake for about 10 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.
To drink: Well, these are for kiddies so maybe a hot chocolate or iced coffee!
Recipe from Just Add Spice by Lyndey Milan & Ian (Herbie) Hemphill