Prep:  1 hour (+ 1 hr chilling time)
Cook:  30 minutes
Makes:  4 trees
Serves:  8
Average: 4.7 (40 votes)
Recipe by: Western Star
Easy, soft homemade gingerbread Christmas recipe cut into stars, stacked and turned into an edible Christmas tree. Download the template below for easy measurements. This is a wonderful Christmas gingerbread activity for kids.
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Gingerbread Star Trees
Christmas Tree Gingerbread
Royal Icing
Christmas Tree Gingerbread
  1. Melt Butter, brown sugar and golden syrup together in a saucepan, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly.
  2. Whisk the egg and butter mixture in a large bowl. Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda over the butter mixture and mix until combined into a smooth dough. Flatten into a disc shape, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until just firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Divide dough in half. Roll each half between sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Place on baking trays and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Divide chilled gingerbread dough in half. Roll each half between sheets of baking paper until 5 mm thick.
  5. Preheat oven to 180°C / 160°C fan forced. Line baking trays with baking paper.
  1. Using the cookie cutters, cut eight stars for each cutter size (4 cm, 6 cm, 7 cm, 8 cm, 9 cm stars) from dough. You will have 40 stars in total.
  2. Cut out an extra four x 4 cm stars to use to top the tree. Transfer stars to prepared trays. You will need to re-roll the dough several times to get the correct number of stars. Bake stars for 10-12 minutes. Cool on trays. Meanwhile, make the royal icing
Royal Icing
  1. Beat egg white until foamy then gradually beat in icing sugar until smooth and spreadable.
  1. Reserve 4 of the 4 cm stars and set aside. For the remaining stars, working with one star at a time, spread with royal icing and dip into a bowl containing hundreds and thousands. Set aside to set.
  2. While the iced stars are setting, roll out the red fondant to 1 cm thick. Using the 4 cm star cutter, cut out 4 fondant stars. Attach them to the reserved 4 cm gingerbread stars with a little royal icing. Set aside.
  3. Assemble trees by joining each star offsetting slightly with another same-sized star. Continue stacking with the stars grading from the largest at the bottom reducing in star size as you stack until you have 4 trees.
  4. Top each tree with the red fondant stars standing upright. If you have any royal icing remaining, add a little bit of the icing to the tips of some of the stars to look like snow dripping off the tree.
Tips & Hints:
  • If you feel like your stars aren’t going to hold or are leaning dramatically while building, dab a little royal icing to the base of each star to help it stick.
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