There is nothing more festive than the smell of spicy, warm gingerbread mingled with the the clean, coolness of a Norwegian Spruce. Add to that the welcoming scent of a good strong cup of coffee, drunk curled up on the sofa with a favourite book… lovely.
I used my favourite gingerbread recipe from the amazing Sweetopia to make these whimsical and simple gingerbread decorations for my tree, and a crimped cookie cutter for the ‘bite’ marks. It’s so much easier to make a big batch of dough in advance and store in the fridge or freezer (just make sure you use at least two layers of cling film, as cling film is porous). You could store it as a big disc, but I recommend pre-rolling and cutting into your desired shapes and storing on a lined baking tray in the freezer: This way they are ready to be popped into the oven just before your guests arrive so your home can be filled with the welcoming scent of freshly baked gingerbread (with minimal effort).
I think these would make a lovely little gift wrapped in cellophane and ribbon. If you’re pushed for time, you could try simply cutting out stars and dusting with a pretty sprinkling of icing sugar, or use as a simple topping for a cupcake.
Happy festive baking!