By far, the easiest Christmas tree cake decoration to make. Ginger cookies or molasses cookies are good for this.
Make a stiff cookie dough that can be cut with a knife into star-shaped cookies of ascending sizes (from largest cookie on bottom to smallest on top). Recipe follows.
Ginger Cookie Recipe:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar (Rapadura) or honey
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375º and lightly grease cookie sheets. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended. In a large bowl beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended. Add molasses and vanilla and continue to mix until well blended. Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.
Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. If longer than 2 hours, refrigerate. On a floured surface, roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick. Cut our cookies into ascending star shapes and space at least an inch apart on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until crunchy so when you build your tree the cookies are not so soft they collapse. Frost and stack in order from largest to smallest and top with candy stars.
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