If you’ve ever made homemade gingerbread you know how amazing it smells for weeks! I made this tree last year and every time I would walk past it I would get a nice aroma of gingerbread, which is usually just what I needed at the time. A little jolt of Christmas cheer! I decided that I wanted to make a gingerbread garland to hang on my mantle this year. It turned out wonderful and it looks so charming hanging next to the stockings. I used the same gingerbread recipe I’ve been using for years. I love it!
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup light molasses or dark corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons water
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and baking soda together until the mixture is smooth. Blend in the flour and water to make a stiff dough. Chill at least 15 minutes or until firm. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out the dough and use cutters to create your holiday shapes. To make the garland, use a toothpick to make a hole big enough to thread twine through. Bake for about 10 minutes or until crispy. Let them cool and then thread your twin through.