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How to Make Gingerbread Ornaments at Home

By Liz Marden, on December 14, 2011
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Construction Gingerbread Recipe

  • 6 ¾ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1½ Teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1½ Cups Light Corn Syrup
  • 1¼ Cups Firmly Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter

Yield: 1 Gingerbread House or a lot of ornaments!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F. Get all of your ingredients and measuring cups together. Choose cookie cutters!

Gather your ingredients. Gather your ingredients.

Step 2: Sift flour, cinnamon, ginger, and salt and place in large bowl.

Step 3: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine light corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter, stir. Do not boil – heat only until butter is melted.

Combine corn syrup, brown sugar and butter over heat. Combine corn syrup, brown sugar and butter over heat.

Step 4: Pour butter mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir until well mixed and dough is formed.

Stir until well mixed and dough is formed. Stir until well mixed and dough is formed.

Step 5: Roll out gingerbread dough with a rolling pin on a piece of parchment paper* while the dough is still warm – if dough cools put in microwave for 45 to 60 seconds to reheat. This makes rolling much easier. *Parchment paper is available at quality kitchen supply stores.

Step 6: Using your chosen cookie cutter, cut out the cookies, peel away excess gingerbread from parchment paper and save to re-roll. If you are going to hang the ornaments, poke the holes now with a straw, taking away the excess gingerbread.

Cut out the cookies, and peel away excess gingerbread. Cut out the cookies, and peel away excess gingerbread.

Step 7: Bake until golden brown and firm to the touch approximately 15 to 25 minutes.

Create holes with a straw so that ornaments can be hung later. Create holes with a straw so that ornaments can be hung later.

Use royal icing to decorate. Use royal icing to decorate.

To Decorate: We like to make royal icing the easy way – with meringue powder. Mix it up, make it any color then pipe away! We used a pastry bag with a #4 round tip. You can also use a plastic bag that zips with the corner snipped off.

Royal Icing Recipe

  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 lb. Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 7 Tablespoons Water, lukewarm

Combine meringue powder and confectioners’ sugar in bowl. Whip with electric hand mixer on low speed, adding water one tablespoon at a time. Then continue to whip on medium speed for 8 minutes until icing becomes stiff, but not too stiff to pipe. Keep royal icing bowl covered at all times with a damp towel to keep it from drying out!

Voila! Easy, homemade ornaments beautiful enough to decorate any tree!

Gingerbread men fashioned into a garland at Longwood Gardens. Gingerbread men fashioned into a garland at Longwood Gardens.

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