Christmas Gingerbread Decorations Recipe

This is a really easy recipe that can get everyone involved with making the Christmas decorations. Make sure you hang them on the tree on Christmas day, not any earlier, or they will go a bit soft if you want to eat them. You can decorate them with any icing as long as it’s not buttercream – anything that will set to the biscuits and not slide off. If you’re not using them on the tree, try them layered up in a bowl with whipped cream, custard, jelly, and a shaving of chocolate for a Christmassy pudding.


  • 125g butter
  • 325g plain flour
  • 100g dark brown soft sugar
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 4 tbsp. condensed milk
  • 20 boiled sweets

Method of Preparation

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Line and grease baking trays with parchment paper.

Heat the butter and sugar together in a saucepan until the sugar is fully dissolved. Add the condensed milk and stir the mixture together.

Sift the flour, bicarb and ginger together and pour this over the wet mixture. Mix together with a spoon to start, and then use your hands.

Roll the dough out until it’s around 0.5cm thick. Cut out the desired shapes. Place these onto the baking tray. For the ‘stained glass’ effect, cut out a small circle, roughly the size of a 10p piece in the middle of each biscuit, making sure there is no cracks.

Place all the sweets into a sandwich bag. Using a rolling pin, bash them up until they are broken. Place the broken sweets into the holes in the biscuits.

If you are hanging them on the tree, make a hole in the top of each biscuit with a skewer so you can tie ribbon through them.

Bake these biscuits for around ten minutes. Leave them to cool completely.

The sweets should be melted and set in the middle of the biscuits.

Pop them into a box or some cellophane, tie with ribbon and you have a perfect, cheap, Christmas gift. You could have only strawberry or lemon flavoured sweets – I like using orange flavoured sweets as they go perfectly with the gingery biscuits. Also, if not using as tree decorations, a nice thing to do is drizzle dark chocolate over the biscuits. These look stunning if you give them as a gift.

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