This tasty recipe makes fantastically festive baked decorations. I am no baker but I wanted to try my hand at some cookie decor this year, so I enlisted the help of my very talented friend (as one does), Karen from Sweet Secrets. She has amazing skills and all the right tools, but more importantly – she has the secret recipe. Once you have kneaded, cut and baked, you decorate, string up and hang. Easy right? And the best part is that you can eat your baked decorations on Christmas day.
With two batches of dough, one sweet and one cinnamon, we rolled it out on a floured surface and cut it into shapes with a variety of cookie cutters. It is important to remember to make a little hole in each cookie. This is where the string would go through to allow you to hang them. There are so many things you can do with ease cookies – hang them individually, in layers or as a garland.
Being wreath obsessed, I wanted to create a star wreath from the cinnamon dough. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was. We cut a small ring shape to create a backing for the stars and then on a separate section of the baking tray, we laid some star shapes in a circle, using a bit of egg white to hold them together.
We decorated the smaller individual cookies with icing and the wreath was dusted with powdered sugar. I love the way it turned out!
If you would like to bake your own edible decorations in the last few days before Christmas, here is the magic Snowflake Sugar cookie recipe. I had to wrestle this one out of Karen’s clutches!
Cookie dough for Baked Decorations
- 250g butter
- 125ml (1/2 cup) sugar
- 2 eggs
- 10ml vanilla extract
- 625ml (2.5 cups) Snowflake self-raising flour
- 2ml salt
Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well adder each addition. Add vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add to the egg/butter/sugar mixture.
Form a dough ball and cover in cling wrap to stand in the fridge for at least 1 hour (overnight is best).
Preheat oven to 160º Celcius. Roll the dough on a floured surface to approx 5mm thick. Cut shapes. Place on a greased tray and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden.