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Rustic Gingerbread Christmas Tree

And my structural royal icing recipe!

Every December my kitchen turns into a straight up gingerbread factory. I fully enjoy hosting our annual gingerbread party with my kids' friends, making mini gingerbread houses for gifting, and planning out every little detail of my personal gingerbread project. That project is something sacred to me. I save it for right before Christmas, and it's something that's only for me. It's usually accomplished while watching a few holiday movies and sipping on hot cocoa or coffee. It's truly my baking happy place during what is otherwise a busy, stressful time.

One day last December, as I was pulling into my driveway, I caught a glimpse of my neighbor's rustic wooden Christmas tree in her front yard, and a light bulb went off! How cool would that look made out of gingerbread!?! AND IT DID!! I ended up making the whole thing in a series of Facebook Live videos, without much of a plan or even knowing if it would work out. Thankfully, it did. If you were along for that little series, thanks for joining in.

Instead of pointing you back to that series of videos this year, I made a new, condensed version for you guys. I also made a template that is better sized for the average baker (the original was about 15" Tall. Oy.) You can grab that here. I like to think that this could be done with sugar cookie dough too, but you can grab my gingerbread dough recipe here.

This project is so easy, any novice or experienced baker can handle it. Most of it can be accomplished in an afternoon, and it makes a great centerpiece on your holiday table!


Royal Icing for Structure (Edible Glue)

3 TBSP Meringue Powder (any brand)

4 Cups Powdered Sugar

6 TBSP Water

1 TSP Clear Vanilla Extract (optional)

Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed with the paddle attachment until icing forms peaks.

Unlike royal icing for cookies, you'll want to leave this rather thick if you'll be using it to glue cookie houses together.

Looking for a printable version? Go here.

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