Decorating and Gifting Edible Ornaments

November 16th, 2010 by Christina Dittmer

Traditions have always been an important part of the holiday season. The tradition of putting ornaments on Christmas trees dates back to the 18th century. The first edible ornaments were fruits and nuts symbolizing the certainty that life would return in the spring. As time has passed, our taste in ornaments may have changed but the tradition is still the same.

In my family, it has always been a tradition to give a new Christmas ornament every year. This year I’m keeping that tradition alive, but with a little twist. I chose to make and decorate ornaments to give as gifts. Luckily for me Wilton has everything I need to make a special ornament for the special people in my life.

Gingerbread OrnamentsI started by using Wilton’s Gingerbread Mix, but you could use Grandma’s Gingerbread recipe or your favorite recipe. I made the mix according to the directions on the box and rolled the dough out to 1/8th of an inch thick. I used my favorite holiday cookie cutters to make the ornament shapes.

Once the cookies were cut out and on the cookie sheet, I used a drinking straw to cut a hole in the top of each cookie to make it easier to later thread a decorative hanging ribbon.

Gingerbread OrnamentsNext, bake the cookies according to your recipe. After the cookies are finished baking, place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Prepare your icing while the cookies are cooling. Royal icing worked best for me, but you can also use color flow icing (you just want something that will dry completely hard). I wanted something I could easily pipe and something I could thin down to outline and fill-in.

Now that the cookies are cool and your icings are ready, the hard part begins – how to decorate them. I LOVE Wilton’s sparkling sugars; I like the look they have when the light hits them. With all the sprinkles and sugars and icing colors that Wilton has your options are endless. Once your ornaments are decorated, let them dry completely for 12-24 hours. After the cookies are dry, all you have to do is add a short ribbon through the hole in the top of the cookie. The cookies are now ready to give as a gift or hang on your own Christmas tree.

Gingerbread Ornaments

Short on time but still want to make beautiful ornaments for your tree or to give as gifts? Try Wilton’s Pre-Baked Gingerbread Ornament Cookie Kit. The kit comes with 9 pre-made gingerbread ornaments, red, white and green royal icing, sprinkles and ribbons; everything you need to make 9 decorated ornaments.

Christina Dittmer Christina Dittmer, Web Designer, has been with the company almost 3 years. She grew up in a family of creative people; both parents were florists for over 30 years. With a grandmother who was a professional baker it was no surprise that Christina would develop a love for baking. Since working at Wilton, she has developed a love for decorating too.

9 Replies

  1. Yum! My kids would be eating that tree in no time 🙂

  2. I’ve really been considering doing this for this year but I’m afraid once my kids spot the cookies they will eat them right off the tree.

  3. Kristine says:

    This works much better if you use a dough that’s not edible. We used to make these as kids but my mom made some sort of salt dough. We also used paints instead of frosting and glued gems and things to them. We still have the ornaments to this day. They’ve held up well!!

  4. Ann says:

    The Wilton ornament kits are very easy & there’s tons of great ideas right on the box. I made samples for the JoAnn’s holiday ads & I loved them.

  5. heloisaalbuquerque says:

    adoro muito todos os produtos da wilton, ha mais de 15 anos.E os kits da wilton para o natal esta simplesmen te maravilhosos. feliz natal turma wilton

  6. rongyun says:

    It is a so good artical.It helps me know more information

    about other nations .I will introduce it to my friends .

  7. Favour says:

    I want to knw if it wil stay for a longer time

  8. Toyin says:

    Tnx for this,i will try it.

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