Cookie Christmas Tree
Making Cookie Christmas Trees and more:
My eldest son likes to bake and he now does so independently in the kitchen and i wanted to give my youngest some time to develop these skills too so, i invited him to help make some Christmas cookies that we could decorate. These are gluten, dairy, egg and nut free. The biscuit base is suitable on elimination or Failsafe diets.
Since its busy this time of year, we made the cookies on one day and decorated them on another. This worked well as it takes a bit of time to decorate each one, especially when you make each one different. He decorated quite a few, but had his heart set on making a Christmas tree. Here's what we did:
You need a few different size star shaped cookie cutters and a basic sugar cookie recipe.
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 cup Orgran GF Self Raising flour
1/2 cup of brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato starch
Beat together butter and sugar til smooth and creamy.
Add flour and a touch of vanilla essence if desired. Stir til well combined.
Cover and place mixture in the fridge for at least 20 min.
Dust some flour onto a smooth surface and roll out your mixture with a rolling pin to about 1/2 cm thick
Grease a cookie tray and then use the star cutter to make a variety of different size stars.
Bake at 180 deg until lightly browned. Approx. 10 min
Once the cookies are cooled you can get on with decorating. Choose the stars that will make your stack.
First mix up some pure icing sugar, a couple of drops of Hopper natural green colour and enough water to make the mixture. Drop the icing onto each biscuit and spread the colour over the whole biscuit. Do this for each of the layers of the tree, stacking each one as you go.
When you get the last layer on except for the star, add your pearls and 100's and 1000's. If you think this process will take a while, you might need to add the pearls etc as you go before the icing dries.
Lastly, mix up Hopper Natural yellow colour in some icing and create the star. When it is dry, pipe a small amount of icing to hold the star in place and then leave to dry.
Find our range of natural colours and decorations for your tree here:
- Jenny Trezise