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Cookie Christmas tree

 

Dealing with crafts it's not my thing ! I find so wonderful things on the internet but I fear recreating them. So, I avoid these kitchen "structures" and I prefer to get them ready made.

But there comes a time when you say ... Why not me ? So I decided to try and make these trees to offer to my godchildren.

I will not tell you how many cookies I broke (so clumsy), nor how many of the trees were leaning like the Pisa Tower. Will not tell you that I was gluing at the wrong spots and won't tell you how many of the tiny balls were found on the floor.

But I'll tell you about the feeling of pleasure that flooded me when I finished. I was looking at those trees and could not believe that I managed to make them. They looked so beautiful in my eyes! The ultimate satisfaction of course came from the godchildren who saw the trees and liked them so much that they didn't want to destroy them by eating them. But I also made for them biscuits, that were duly honored.

The cookies are simple. We make the dough, cut with cutters, bake and decorate with sugar paste which we cut with the same cutters. Decorate the top with what we like. The trees have a little more work and you need to have time at your disposal not get stressed. The result however I think it worths the time and effort. In the market you can find the set of cutters for the tree. But you can make your trees with whatever cutter size you have. Just to give a little height, use twice or three times the same size cutter. My own trees are made with 5 sizes of stars and I had 2 from each size in every tree. To make both trees and cookies, double the dose of cookies and sugarpaste. Start with the trees and with the remaining dough/sugarpaste make your cookies.

 

 

Ingredients :

 
cookies
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 big egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
glue
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 4-5 tbsp water
sugarpaste 
decoration
  • tiny gold or silver balls
 

Preparation : 

 
  1. Prepare sugarpaste.
  2. Colour it and let it aside very well covered with cling film
  3. Prepare the biscuits.
  4. In a bowl put the flour (sifted) and baking powder.
  5. Mix in the bowl of your stand mixer, beat butter with sugar till fluffy.
  6. Add egg and stir till absorbed.
  7. Add salt and vanilla and stir.
  8. Add flour by spoonful and stir till incorporated and have a soft but firm dough.
  9. Cover bowl and keep in fridge for about an hour.
  10. Remove from fridge and roll out, till you have a sheet of less than 1cm thick.
  11. Count the number of stars needed for each size and each tree. Cut with the cutters accordingly.
  12. Put cookies on a tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  13. Try to place cookies with similar size to one tray. Big ones in one, smaller to another, so that they bake evenly.
  14. Bake in preheated oven at 170C. Big cookies for about 20 minutes, smaller ones for 10-15 minutes.
  15. Meanwhile prepare glue by mixing sugar with water. Let aside.
  16. Get your sugarpaste and roll a thin sheet. Cut with the cutters the same stars as you did with cookies. Let aside.
  17. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  18. Take one of the cookies, put some glue on with a toothpick and cover with the proper (same size) piece of sugarpaste.
  19. Glue tiny balls in the corners of the stars. Put aside.
  20. Do the same with all the cookies that you'll use for a tree.
  21. When glue is stable, take the ready with sugarpaste cookies and put one on top of the other, gluing in between.
  22. Let aside till glue dries.
  23. Repeat the process till you have all your trees ready.
  24. Wrap them with fancy transparent papers.
 

 

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