Get into the Holiday spirit by making gingerbread Christmas candle holder. This lovely centerpiece is easy to make and smells amazing!
Every Christmas I look forward to baking with Gingerbread Cookie Dough. It is such fun dough to work with and it’s perfect for making not only gingerbread cookies but also various Christmas decorations. You can make anything! I have already mentioned before that my mom is our main decorator every Christmas! Her gingerbread creations are stunning! Gingerbread Holiday candle holders, bowls, Christmas tree ornaments and nativity scenes are among those amazing creations!
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Step 1: You Will Need:
½ of this Gingerbread Dough
1 Tea Candle
16cm/6inch Cake Board (optional)
1 Small Egg Yolk, beaten (optional)
A Few Toothpicks
Template (see picture below)
Step 2: Directions:
Start off with rolling the dough for the round base. To cut this out I used a 16cm/6inch cake tin. Make sure it’s thicker than the rest of your cookies. Place it in the middle of a baking tray lined with baking paper. Now roll the dough thinner and cut out the church and some trees (the more the better so you can choose later the best ones). If you feel very creative, use some other cutters as well (snowman, gingerbread man) but make sure these are smaller in size than the church.
Bake these. Bear in mind that the circle will take longer to bake than the rest of the cookies. You can bake them separately or just keep an eye on the smaller pieces so they won’t get burnt.
To make the gingerbread dough look shiny, 5 minutes before taking them out from the oven, brush them with beaten egg yolk. The egg yolk can be thinned with a teaspoon (or more) of water.
Let them cool down completely before icing them.
For the royal icing:
15ml (0.5fl oz) Egg White (1 very small egg)
100g (3.5oz) Icing Sugar
Beat the egg whites until fluffy (not stiff or white, just fluffy). Sift in the icing sugar & mix until smooth. This royal icing should be quite thick but still able to come off of your spoon. Now, don’t panic if it is too thin or too thick. You can thin it with a few drops of lemon or add more icing sugar, if too thin.
Get a zip-lock bag and fill one corner with the icing. Cut a small hole in the same corner. The thicker icing is for outlining the trees, the round base and church. Once this has set, it will keep the thinner icing in place once you flood it. Use it to draw windows, doors or anything you like on your cookies.
Now you have two options here:
1. You can flood the trees, cover the round base with icing and cover the church & tower roof with icing.
2. Or you can decorate them with icing instead.
Step 3: Template
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