How to Make Gingerbread Christmas Trees

by Caroline Brown

Making standing gingerbread christmas trees has been a longstanding holiday tradition in my family. My children and now grandkids had lots of fun decorating and packaging them for the neighbors.


  • ½ Cups softened butter
  • ½ Cups brown sugar
  • ½ Cups molasses
  • 3 ½ Cups flour
  • ½ Teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon allspice
  • 1 Teaspoon ginger
  • ⅓ Cups water
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Draw your tree template. Make two identical copies of your tree.

    Step 2

    One tree will have a top slit, the other a bottom slit so when fit together it will stand up. My trees were between 5-6 inches tall.

    Step 3

    First blend flour, spices and baking powder and soda then set aside. Next cream butter and sugar.

    Step 4

    Add molasses into blended butter and sugar.

    Step 5

    Blend dry ingredients (flour mix) into the creamed butter, sugar, molasses mix alternating with water.

    Step 6

    Step 7

    The dough should can be mixed by hand to form a working ball. I live in Florida so I need to refrigerated briefly before rolling it out.

    Step 8

    Parchment paper (lightly floured) can be used as a work surface to roll the dough out and cut out your gingerbread trees.

    Step 9

    The dough is then placed on the parchment paper and rolled out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Place your shapes on the rolled dough and cut out.

    Step 10

    A snowman cookie

    Step 11

    Repeat until all your dough is used. Place your trees on your cookie trays. I use parchment paper to return sticking once baked. Bake your cookies at 375 degrees for 8-10 until light brown.

    Step 12

    Remove and cool the cookies when lightly browned. Your cookies may spread closing the slits.

    Step 13

    You can gently cut away excess cookie while the cookies are warm.

    Step 14

    This way they will fit together.

    Step 15

    Make Royal Icing using eggs whites equal to 3 eggs, 4 cups of powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tarter.

    Step 16

    Mix all ingredients on high speed.

    Step 17

    Mix until the ingredients become stiff. Water can be added in small amounts of the icing is too stiff and more powdered sugar can be added to stiffen as necessary.

    Step 18

    Scoop into squirt bottles. I use a few small ones so each person decorating can have their own.

    Step 19

    Once the cookies have cooled place a line of royal icing along the connecting edges of the trees.

    Step 20

    Then fit the trees together so they stand up.

    Step 21

    You can fill in any gaps with icing sugar. You can also repair any broken parts with your icing. Set the trees aside to allow to set up.

    Step 22

    Add your favorite things for decorating . We use red and green decorating sugar, red hots, raisons and cranberries. To save time you can use refrigerator gingerbread dough and store bought icing.

    Step 23

    A gingerbread tree forest waiting for decorating magic!!!

    Step 24

    Time for decorating fun!!!!

    Step 25

    The royal icing serves as a glue to make snow lined branches and hold on decorations for your trees.

    Step 26

    There is not wrong or right way to decorate!!! The most important thing that everyone have fun!!!!

    Step 27

    Be sure to take photos of everyone's Christmas tree masterpiece!!!!!!!

    Step 28