Snowy cinnamon sugar cookies Christmas tree with happy and jolly Gingerbread men & women singing carol around!
The snow is falling all around us
children playing having fun,
it’s the season of love and understanding,
Merry Christmas everyone!
Isn’t cinnamon the most Christmas-y aroma around this time of the year? Cinnamon, orange and clove are associated with Christmas (or winter), hence my choice of flavour to make a Christmas tree was undoubtedly cinnamon.
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the gingerbread man.
How to make cinnamon sugar star cookies Christmas tree
This is quite an easy and fuss-free recipe. Equal amount of butter and sugar beaten together then double amount of flour is added with the choice of flavours. Different sizes of stars are being cut out, baked and stacked together to look like Christmas tree. Sounds easy, isn’t it?
Preparation time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including resting time)
Baking time: 6-15 minutes
Baking equipment used: 2 baking trays, set of star cookie cutter
Makes several cookies depending on size
Ingredients required for cinnamon sugar star cookies:
- 200 gm unsalted butter, soft and at room temperature
- 200 gm castor sugar
- 1 egg lightly beaten (*substitute with milk)
- 400 gm plain flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- some icing sugar to sprinkle
- Cream together butter, sugar and cinnamon powder until well mixed and looks creamy in texture. Don’t over-mix.
- Beat in egg until well combined.
- Add the flour and mix with light hands or wooden spoon until a dough forms. Gather all the mixture together to form a ball. Wrap it in cling film and chill for atleast an hour.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and knead it for couple of seconds.
- Roll it out to an even thickness and cut the star shape using cookies cutter. (you get the set of 6 cookie cutter for making this tree.) You need to make atleast 2 of each size cookie. I made three of each. I used a straw to make design along the edges.
- You would be able to make plenty of stars with the dough. I made different shapes too other than star. Or you can chill the rest of the dough in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Place the cookies carefully using a palette knife on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
- Chill again for about 30 minutes. This ensures they won’t spread much during baking.
- After 20 minutes, preheat the oven to 180 C/160 C fan-assisted/350 F/ gas mark 4.
- Bake the cookies in preheated oven for 6-15 minutes, depending on size, or until the edges are golden brown. The smaller cookies will take lesser time to bake.
- Once baked, leave them to cool on a wire rack. (Wrap in a foil or cling film to retain their freshness for long time. They will keep well for couple of weeks if stored properly.)
To make Christmas tree
- Stack these stars keeping biggest one at the bottom. The littlest star on the top is glued using little powdered sugar mixed with drops of water. Hold the star for couple of minutes to get stuck.
- Sprinkle icing sugar from top to give the snow effect.
How to make Gingerbread men and women
Stir a bowl of gingerbread,
Smooth and spicy brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin,
Up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter,
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven,
Till half past ten.
Well, till half past ten, only if you have put them in the oven at quarter past ten! And during that time your house will smell amazingly warm and wonderful.
These utterly delicious cookies are pretty easy to make. I have used the recipe from netmums with my own way of baking a perfect gingerbread men. The changes I did were, I used honey instead of golden syrup and baked them on lower temperature for crunchiness. I kept them plain, without any sugar icing. To bring them to life, I carved them using toothpick. Oh boy! I had so much fun doing this.
My kids absolutely adored them. My daughter said ‘they are just like we get them in the shop’.
Umm..okayyy! I thought they were better 😉
Preparation time: 1 hour (including resting time)
Baking time: 15-20 minutes
Baking equipment used: 2 baking trays, set of gingerbread family cutter or just a single cutter
Makes about 20-40 depending on the size of the cutter and thickness of the cookies
Ingredients required for gingerbread men:
- 100 gram unsalted butter, soft at room temperature
- 175 gram soft light brown sugar
- 350 gram plain flour
- 2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 4 tablespoon golden syrup or honey
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until well combined.
- Shift flour, ginger and soda in the bowl and add syrup and beaten egg to make a firm dough. Keep mixing using a wooden spoon until everything is well mixed.
- Do not over mix.
- Wrap the dough in a cling film and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Roll out the dough on lightly floured surface to thickness of a pound coin or 5 rupee coin. Do not put too much flour while rolling but keep rubbing some flour on your rolling pin to prevent sticking. If the dough has become hard while resting in the fridge then leave it at room temperature for sometime or until it becomes pliable.
- Cut your gingerbread man using the cutter. Do not worry if you don’t have a cutter. Just cut them in any shape, round, heart or star. They would taste good in any shape 🙂
Do not forget to dip your cutter in little flour before cutting
- Transfer your gingerbread men on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. If you have any dough left then you can always pop them back in the fridge until next use.
- Now the fun part! Either leave them as it is or just use your imagination and carve them using a tooth pick or whatever tool you find around you. I gave the men a posh look by putting a bow and women were looking pretty in their pleated skirt and accessories. Don’t they look happy?
- Keep your gingerbread men(and women) in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before baking to make sure they retain their shape and don’t spread out while baking.
- Preheat the oven to 170 C/ 150 C fan-assisted/ 325 F/ gas mark 3.
- Bake them for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Leave them on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer them on wire rack to cool.
I made two holes in some of my gingerbread men and women to thread them together to make garland.
They look festive, don’t they?
Wish you all a very Merry Christmas!! Try out these recipes too if you haven’t.
I will meet you soon with more festive bakes. Till then be jolly and merry because ’tis the season to be jolly!!