As a kid, I once asked my mother if I could hang candies and cookies on the Christmas tree. She said no. She said ants might climb up the tree and that would be catastrophic on Christmas Eve.
Fast forward many years later, as an adult in my own home I wondered if I could finally fulfill my childhood fantasy of having a partly “edible” Christmas tree. Wouldn’t it be just fun snatching an edible trim to munch when you pass by your tree?
So here are some edible Christmas tree recipes I plan to do. Maybe you'd like to try some of them.
Stained Glass CookiesCredit: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/420523683930342322/
These will look very nice on your tree especially when well placed with lights shining through the “stained glass”.
- 2 cookie cutters, 1 smaller than the other
- Thread, ribbon or string to use for hanging on the tree
- 250g plain flour
- 125g softened unsalted butter
- 150g caster sugar
- 1 medium egg
- hard boiled sweets or crushed candy
- few drops of vanilla extracts
- pinch of salt
- Cream butter, sugar, salt and vanilla extract together until light and fluffy.
- Beat in egg then add the flour. Continue beating until mixture forms into a firm dough. Then, leave in the fridge to cool.
- Roll the dough on a floured surface. Cut a shape with your larger cookie dough. Then remove a section from the center of the biscuit using the smaller cutter making sure there are no gaps along edges of the cookies.
- Place your cookies on a baking tray and greaseproof paper. To hang these cookies to your tree, use a skewer or cocktail stick to pierce a hole in the dough before baking.
- Pick your chosen colored sweets and place them in the middle of the cookies.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes at 160°C/320°F. Monitor your cookies as you want them to be firm but still be nice and light golden brown. Make sure the sweets are fully melted before removing from the oven. The candy will be very hot and bubbly. The bubbles will disappear as the cookies cool. Allow to cool and peel away from the greaseproof paper.
- Once cool, thread each cookie with a piece of ribbon then hang them to your tree.
Popcorn and Cranberry TinselCredit: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/389420699003865019/
- A large needle
- Dried Cranberries
- Carefully measure a long piece of string then thread into the needle.
- Thread and push the needle into a popcorn until it comes out to the other side. Do the same for a cranberry.
- Alternately thread the popcorn and cranberries until the thread is filled. When done, loosely hang your long edible tinsel around your tree.
White Chocolate Snowflakes
- 1/3 cup pure white melting wafers or any white chocolate chips as well
- small sandwich bag or a piping bag
- snowflake template
- small wax paper squares
- edible pearls
- On a piece of paper draw snowflakes. Or you can download ready-to-print snowflake templates.
- Cut up wax paper into small squares. The squares should be a bit larger than each snowflake drawing.
- Melt the chocolate wafer in a small heat proof bowl over simmering water. When wafer is smooth, set aside to slightly cool.
- Fill sandwich or piping bag with chocolate. Don’t close bag yet. Let it cool to slightly warm/lukewarm. You can test temperature with a finger or simply touch the outside of bag.
- Once ready, make a small opening in the corner of the bag and start piping away. Trace each snowflake template over a square wax paper. Make sure you are piping over a flat surface.
- Using tweezers, add a little pearl at the center of the snowflake.
- Let snowflakes cool until firm. You can put these in the fridge to harden for a few minutes.
- Gently peel off the wax paper and set each snowflake on a chrismas tree leaf. It would look as if it snowed inside your home!
Candy Cane SleighsCredit: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/429882726905595636/
These are perfect mini DIY gifts to hang on your tree, put inside your car for those 'just-in-case-I-meet-someone-I-know-along-the-way' gifts or use these as gift toppers. They're cute and very easy to do!
You can make smaller versions of these if your candy cane sleigh becomes too heavy to hang on your tree. Or just place them under the tree with the other gifts!
- Glue dots
- wrapping paper (optional)
- 2 candy canes v1 standard size Kit Kat bar
- 10 mini Hershey bars or any chocolate mini bars you prefer
- Ribbon & a bow
- Lay 2 candy canes next to each other. Then put the Kit Kat bar across the candy canes. Use glue dots to secure them down.
- Stack 4 Hershey bars across the bottom. Place 3 bars on the next layer, 2 bars on the next and 1 bar on the top.
- Wrap Everything with the ribbon. Place a bow on the top and there you go!
- Optional: You can wrap your chocolate stack before glueing to the candy canes. It adds more festive flair!
Hanging ConesCredit: http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/539251/hanging-cone-decorations
You can fill these ice cream cones with mini treats then hang them on the tree!
- Thick ribbon or string
- Long wooden or metal skewer
- 50g milk chocolate
- Sprinkles, icing sugar or desiccated coconut
- Mini marshmallows, sweets, chocolate coins or fillings of your choice
- Ice cream cones
- Melt chocolate using stove or microwave. Allow to cool after chocolate melts. If melting with stove, melt chocolate in small heat proof bowl over simmering water.
- Pierce cones with skewer to make holes for the ribbon. Choose a location on one side about 1.5 inch down from the cone's open end to ensure stability and that cone will hold up as it pierces straight to the opposite side of the cone.
- Dunk tip of cones in melted chocolate then immediately roll in sprinkles, icing sugar or coconut to make cone edges look festive.
- Place cones on greaseproof paper then put in the fridge to chill.
- After chilling, thread the ribbon through each hole of the cone. Do a small knot on the end to secure.
- Fill the cone with chosen filling then hang it on the tree.
Curly CandiesCredit: http://ediblecraftsonline.com/candy_bouquets/cb15/
- red, blue, and gold curling ribbon
- Lindt assorted chocolate truffles or use any candy you want as long as they are bright and colorful
- Tie a piece of curling ribbon to the corresponding colored chocolate wrapper or otherwise (if you want to play with color combinations).
- Tie or attach the piece of candy to the tree by tying ends of the curling ribbon on the tree.
Hope you enjoy these decorations. Children will enjoy making these too so set them up into the kitchen for some creative edible DIY projects. Advance Christmas greetings to all!