gingerbread cookie Christmas tree platter
I love gingerbread. I LOVE gingerbread. Did I mention that I love gingerbread? There is something so yummy about the spicy ginger flavor in a cookie. While I admit, I make gingerbread in the middle of the summer, the flavors are very much synonymous with Christmas. I was looking for a shortcut today because my time was limited (well, isn’t it always?) so I grabbed a sugar cookie mix that I could transform easily into gingerbread and make a fun Christmas cookie.
We also gifted some of the cookies to our new favorite neighbors with the help of these free printable gift tags!
More on that later.
I am not allowed to bake on my own anymore. As soon as my daughter sees me start pulling ingredients out, she’s at the counter on a stool already. I think it is great that she has such passion for cooking as it is a great hobby (or career) to have. We all have to eat, right? My son just wants to do whatever his big sister is doing, so he is usually on another stool by her, sneaking swipes of powdered sugar…
My daughter, Savannah, has pretty much mastered the cookie baking at this point. It was the first thing she learned to bake and a continued request to make. She also loves gingerbread like her momma, so we whipped up a quick batch of dough and got to cutting!
For this recipe, I used Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix (find a coupon here), which cut a lot of the work out. I simply added gingerbread flavors like molasses and ginger to the existing mix and a perfect gingerbread dough was born! While it is easy to get wrapped up in the noise of the holidays, it is important to remember what is important. Be okay with taking shortcuts so that you spend more time with your family and less time trying to recreate the perfect Pinterest project. (hoping I can take my own advice this year)
Once we had all of the stars baked, we had to decide how to plate them. At first, I thought about making 3D Christmas tree stacks, but Savannah suggested we make a tree with the cookies lying flat. This was a great idea and a perfect way to entertain this holiday season, because who doesn’t love a cookie platter?!
After we assembled the tree, we got to piping. Since we were going for that snowy tree look, we used green and white gels to decorate the stars. It isn’t perfect and that was never the goal, but we had fun and I think it looks pretty great! Savannah was in charge of sprinkling on the sanding sugar…
We almost stopped there but then decided to let it SNOW all over the cookie tree with powdered sugar. Since gingerbread does have that spice to it (and I used a LOT of fresh ginger in them) they can handle a bit of sugary sweetness.
Then we were left with a party platter and no party… so we packaged most of the cookies up and dropped them off at our neighbor’s homes. We just moved to this neighborhood this year, so we’re still in the meet and greet phase and always trying to spread cheer at home! For the gift tags we used, and others, check out the #SpreadCheer website!
- 1 package Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup melted butter
2 Tbl pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- gel food coloring
- powdered sugar
- In a large mixing bowl, blend all ingredients together and chill for up to 1 hour. Roll dough out on floured board about 1/8-inch thick. Cut desired shapes with cookie cutters and place onto sheet pan. Bake for 8 minutes in preheated oven.
- Adorn cookies with gel food coloring and dust with powdered sugar.
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