I take absolutely no credit for this project. Upon arriving home the other day after a few kid-free hours, my crew surprised me with these cute little cookie tree ornaments hanging up all over the house. They were so proud of their handiwork!
As you can probably tell, so far they are mostly hanging in our windows and from some of our light fixtures. We don’t have our tree up yet, but I’m sure they would look cute hanging from that as well. I love how the light shines through the colored portions. Speaking of, can you tell what my hubby and kids used for the “jewels” on their trees? If you guessed gummy candies, you would be right! If you’re interested in the recipe, here’s the one that they followed:
1 1/2 cups flour (white or wheat)
1/3 cup butter, chopped
3 TB sugar
1 egg white
2 TB orange juice
colored fruit candies
ribbon or yarn (to hang)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift flour into a mixing bowl. Rub butter into flour until it resembles bread crumbs. Stir in sugar, egg white, and enough orange juice to form a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll out in a thin layer and cut out as many shapes as possible. Transfer shapes to the baking sheets, spacing them well apart. Cut out small round openings and fill with gummies or candies (you may want to cut these into 1/2 thicknesses beforehand). Also cut out a hole at the top for hanging. Bake 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool, hang, and admire!
Recipe taken from The Great Big Cookie Book by Hilaire Walden.
**I didn’t have the heart to tell them I think they used leaf-shaped cutters instead of trees! Oh well, we’ll call them whimsical and pretend they are tree shapes.