Gingerbread ornaments are a sweet and classic Christmas craft. We like to add their special homemade touch to our Christmas trees, giving them a cozy and delicious yuletide look. Kids love to help bake and decorate the cookies, making this a fun family activity for everyone. Follow our how-to, and decorate your own tree with this adorable edible confection.
After chilling your dough for at least one hour, let your dough sit out at room temperature for just 10 minutes, so it will be easy to roll and more pliable. Roll out the dough, between two sheets of parchment (to prevent sticking and to help with the mess) to 1/8-inch thickness. Rolling the dough thin will make a crispier cookie, more appropriate for a decoration than a thick and chewy cookie.
Cut out your cookies in your desired shapes and place them on a parchment-lined sheet tray. We like the classic boys and girls, but feel free to get creative. We’ve seen cute pigs, stars, trees, and snowmen already this year!
Once the cookies are on the sheet tray, use a clean drinking straw or craft stick to punch a hole out of the raw dough where you want your ribbon to hang. When making Gingerbread boys or girls, we poked a hole in the top center of the head, giving it a bit of extra support while it hangs from the tree.
Bake for the time your recipes states, then allow them to cool completely before icing, applying candies, and finally, threading with a decorative ribbon to hang from the tree.