Sharing this sweet project from my blogging friend, Diana, (please see end of post). No surprise she'd come up this cute idea because she is such a giving and thoughtful lady!
Not only is this edible garland decorative, but the yummy cookies are wrapped so that with just a snip, you can send your holiday guests home with a special little treat.
If you fancy, pretty cut-out and frosted sugar cookies would be lovely to use too.
Attach a ribbon or piece of yarn to the handle of a pair of scissors (or keep a pair in a safe place near the front door) and cut the plastic wrap between each cookie.
If you don't have time for homemade cookies, store-bought work just as well.
- Working on a long counter top or kitchen table, Pull out a long section of plastic wrap a couple feet longer than your window or door.
- Place cookies, face down and about 6-inches apart down the center of the plastic wrap.
- Fold the sides over the cookies. Cut pieces of yarn or ribbon and tie a small bow above and below each cookie creating little packages.
- Using another piece of ribbon or yarn, tie to the top of the cookie garland and make a loop. Place the loop over a small nail or hook placed where you want to hang the cookie garland. I used a nail just above the door trim so the hole won't show when removed.
- Attach a large bow at the top.
- As your guests are leaving, cut between the bows to separate the treats.
If you want to make your own gingerbread cookies, below is the not-too-sweet recipe I use.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.
In a large bowl beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.
Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix.
Gradually stir in dry ingredients until incorporated.
Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. (I chill the dough in the refrigerator)
Preheat oven to 375°.
Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicon pad.
Place 1 portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface.Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin.
Roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick, using additional flour as needed.
Cut out cookies with desired cutter. Space cookies 1 1/2-inches apart.
Bake 1 sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes (the lower time will give you softer cookies).
Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to stand until the cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack.
When cookies are cool, decorate as desired.
Yield: 24 5-inch tall cookies
This makes a lot of frosting, way more than you will need for one batch of gingerbread cookies. I store the extra right in the piping bag, being sure the tip is covered tightly with plastic. I have kept it for several days (refrigerated) but it will probably keep longer (in the refrigerator). Bring to room temperature before using.
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
4 cups (1 pound) unsifted confectioner sugar
food coloring, if desired
In a large bowl, whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until foamy. Sprinkle in the sugar gradually, whipping all the while. The more you whip the icing, the stiffer it’ll be and the faster it will harden up. If you want to “paint” with the icing, you can use food coloring to create different colors and thin the icing with a few drops of water so it will flow.
This is Diana's dear husband.
He has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
As Diana has prayed for so many others in their time of need, she and her family are now currently navigating a scary road themselves. I hope you will join me in lifting this precious family up to the Lord in prayer. If you'd like to leave a word of encouragement, stop by Nana Diana Takes a Break.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
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