I’ve had this tree idea in my head for years now, just wondering if it would work. If I bake it, will it stand? The answer is YES! These little trees stand! And they’re perfect for decorating (and eating, if you’re into that sort of thing). I made some with the kids the other day and thought I’d share them here because it turned out to be a really great holiday baking project that they loved.
How to Make 3D Gingerbread Christmas Trees
- 3 c flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 3/4 c light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c unsulphured molasses
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp milk
- icing tube for building and decorating (we used this with a piping tip)
- sprinkles and various decorations
- our printable tree pattern
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350. Print and cut out the trees from our tree pattern. Thoroughly mix flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves in a bowl and set aside.
Step 2: Cream butter and brown sugar just until combined. Add in egg, molasses, and vanilla until thoroughly incorporated.
Step 3: Add dry mixture little by little until dry and wet mixture is combined. Mix thoroughly until your dough forms. It will be somewhat crumbly, but you should be able to grab a handful and form it into a ball that will hold. If it needs a bit more moisture, add 1 tsp milk.
Step 4: Lightly flour a silpat mat (or some parchment paper) and your rolling pin, and roll out the gingerbread dough to about 1/4″ thick. Place one of the trees down on the gingerbread and cut around it with a knife. Repeat. For each tree you’d like to make, you’ll need to trace two. Once all your trees are cut out, slice a 1/4″ piece out of the vertical center of one tree from each pair.
Step 5: Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
Step 6: Once cooled, construct your trees. Take one full tree and one half tree. Place a line of icing at the base of each, and a line of icing on the flat edge of the half tree. Place these upright together, with the half tree perpendicular to the full tree. Then ice the bottom and flat edge of the other half tree and place it on the other side of the full tree. This should create a 3D, standing tree.
Step 7: Decorate!
You could decorate these a zillion different ways! We went with some little blue snowflake sprinkles I happened to have on hand, and Maggie was pretty pleased because she thought it was a “Frozen tree with Elsa and Anna.” We definitely have a kid in her princess phase over here! However you choose to decorate, hope you have a blast making these! xoxo