Gingerbread trees

Get creative this Christmas with these gingerbread tree biscuits. They’re the perfect treat when you have guests over for a cuppa.



Note: + cooling, standing & 30 mins chilling time



  • 150g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (175g) Coles Golden Syrup
  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg
  • 3 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 100s & 1000s, to decorate

Royal icing

  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg white*
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups (240g) pure icing sugar
  • Green liquid food colouring
  • Lemon juice, extra



Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Combine butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, for 3-5 mins or until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.


Transfer butter mixture to a medium bowl. Add egg and whisk to combine. Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead dough until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 mins to chill.


Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until 3mm thick. Use a tree-shaped cutter to cut shapes from dough, rerolling excess. Place on lined trays. Bake, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 12-15 mins or until light golden. Set aside on trays to cool.


To make the royal icing, whisk the egg white and lemon juice in a bowl. Gradually add the icing sugar, stirring well after each addition until smooth.


Reserve a little of the icing in a small bowl. Use food colouring to tint remaining icing green. Place in a piping bag fitted with a 1.5mm plain nozzle. Pipe around the edge of the biscuits to make a border. Set aside to set. Add a little extra lemon juice to the remaining icing to make a runny paste. Spoon a little runny icing onto each biscuit and use the back of the spoon to spread to the border. Sprinkle with 100s & 1000s. 


Place the reserved white icing in a clean piping bag fitted with a 1.5mm plain nozzle. Pipe over the biscuits in a zig-zag pattern to make garlands. Set aside to set.

*An egg white is considered to be a raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems do not consume raw egg.

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