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Old 11-08-2006, 06:35 AM   #1
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ISO Cookies for Christmas tree decoration

I am thinking of decorating with cookies this Chritmas, like gingerbread men, and other cut out cookies, and popcorn garlands.

My mother did this when I was little one Christmas but she cannot remember the recipe for the biscuits, if it had anyting special to keep everything in good order for so long. It would me a shame if my gingerbread men got gangrene or my stars got mouldy, lol.

Has anybody done this succesfully and have any recipes? If they are made to last are they still ok to eat? I am thinking I'll have to bake a new batch to fill in wholes every few days.....

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Old 11-08-2006, 06:39 AM   #2
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I just have been googling. It seems sugar cookies and gingerbread are recommended. I am still keen to get feed back from any one who has done/does this!

Really, DH just wants to know if he can eat the decor throughout the season, lol!
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:43 AM   #3
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I used to make the whole gingerbread family and the only decorations I used were 'buttons' with Red Hots. It was so cute at Christmas.

Before cooking, I would put one of the large Christmas ball holders on the back so I could hang them on the tree properly but cutting a small hole in the head and using thin red ribbon is pretty, too.

I just used a normal gingerbread recipe out of my Betty Crocker Cookie Book.
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Red ribbon sounds pretty. I read its a good ide to cut the hole with a straw before baking. Did your gingerbread men last long? How long are they edible for having hung on the tree?
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Such love for your Christmas tree.
I wouldn't be able to not eat the cookies.

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Old 11-08-2006, 11:09 AM   #6
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Well, Gobo, I kind of hope people do feel they can have a nibble, I'll just keep baking more decorations, lol. Its mainly because we are in rented in Italy and as I am taking my little car over I am having to be careful not to buy too much that needs to be brought back to England eventually...thus edible decor seems the way to go! I also want a ginger bread house, but that might be overdoing it a little in our tiny flat, and the cats will probably eat it, lol.

If you drop by Milano Gobo I'll gladly give you a cookie, lol
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Lulu.......I can't find my exact recipe but I made these about 4 years ago when I lived in the other house. My tree was a country/cabin theme and they worked beautifully. I did a search and found several recipes.

http://www.handmadecountry.com/ezine/cinnamon.html
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Red ribbon sounds pretty. I read its a good ide to cut the hole with a straw before baking. Did your gingerbread men last long? How long are they edible for having hung on the tree?
As they dried out hanging on the tree, they got too hard to eat w/o breaking teeth. Well, I like soft gingerbread so they didn't appeal to me - they were probably edible but I never ate one .

They are really warm and homey on the tree, and smelled wonderful.
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Well, Gobo, I kind of hope people do feel they can have a nibble, I'll just keep baking more decorations, lol. Its mainly because we are in rented in Italy and as I am taking my little car over I am having to be careful not to buy too much that needs to be brought back to England eventually...thus edible decor seems the way to go! I also want a ginger bread house, but that might be overdoing it a little in our tiny flat, and the cats will probably eat it, lol.

If you drop by Milano Gobo I'll gladly give you a cookie, lol
I'm gonna hold you to that!
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I've never been anywhere like that. I wouldn't know what to do.
I've never left North America.
I was supposed to go to Dominican Republic this winter break, but my parents don't want to go anymore.
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HB you are a star! OK, I am sure DH will break his teeth and I'll have some fresh ones in a tin if we get visitors. The scent had not even occured to me, but I am convinced now. Grazie mille Half Baked.

Gobo- what can I say? lol Travel!!! You might not be able to in the future.
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