Wednesday, December 7, 2011

3D Christmas Tree


Christmas is coming closer each day which means I really need to hurry up with my Christmas baking! I love my Christmas tree, and we only just put it up a few days ago. What's a better way to celebrate than making an edible version?! I used a pack of star cookie cutters (ranging from big to small) and stacked them with buttercream.  Decorate whatever colour you want!









Ingredients
350g unsalted butter, soft
400g caster sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
800g plain flour, preferably Italian 00
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced).  Cream the butter and sugar until pale and moving towards moussiness, then beat in eggs and vanilla.  In another bowl, combine flour, powder and salt.  Add dry ingredients to butter and eggs, and mix gently but surely.  If you think mixture is too sticky to be rolled out, add more flour, but do so sparingly as this makes the dough tougher.  Halve the dough, form into fat discs, wrap each in clingwrap and rest in fridge for at least 1 hour.  Sprinkle some flour on board, place 1 disc of dough on board (leave other in fridge) and roll out to about 1/2cm thickness.  Cut star shapes (you will need 20 or so) and place them a little apart on baking trays.  Bake for 8-12 minutes, by which time they will be lightly golden around the edges.  Cool on rack and continue with the rest of the dough.  When they're all fully cooled, you can get on with the icing.  






Ingredients
250g unsalted butter, softened
3 cups icing sugar
+ green food colouring

Method
Beat butter until smooth.  Gradually add icing sugar until smooth. Add food colour and pipe onto stacked start cookies. Use a leaf tip.  I added edible glitter and edible baubles for my festive look.




24 comments:

  1. haloo... im Adam From indonesia theks

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  2. Oh how delicious!! That tree wouldn't last in my home..lol.. Jackie

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  3. Brittany that tree looks just amazing, you have done a fantastic job. Diane

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  4. Love your edible cookie Christmas tree, what a great idea! Your real tree in the background looks great too.

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  5. J'adore ton arbre de Noël, il est super beau!

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  6. This is fabulous. Giving it three dimensions, I would think, would make you want to leave it there and not eat it, ever.

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  7. What a lovely 3D edible Christmas Tree!! This is a fantastic idea! That's very creative of you, Brittany! Have a lovely day!

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  8. This is so cute! I love it. My Mom was just telling me about one she saw. Hope I get a chance to make my own!

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  9. C'est trop joli! Je note pour en faire avec les enfants!!!

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  10. C'est extraordinaire!
    Mes felicitations Brittany.

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  11. This is gorgeous - so clevet. It would be a lovely table centrepiece.

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  12. No way!!! I am so impressed, I've always been meaning to make something like this but I never thought it was actually possible! You've inspired me to try my best to make one, I hope it comes out as well as yours :)

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  13. Love the glittery star at the top of the tree - perfect for the time of year!

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  14. I don't know why I've never done this with my kids. It's so dang cool!!!

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  15. Ah this is so cool! and I love your matching Christmas tree serviettes! and the bottom pic where you can see your real tree in the background - so festive! Yeah red velvet is made with cocoa but for me it doesn't taste chocolate-y enough, it pretty much tastes of nothing so I'd rather pick an actual chocolate cupcake any day of the week over red velvet!

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  16. This is super-impressive! I would love to have this Christmas tree too!

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  17. What a cool tree! Looks like it took forever to make!

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  18. i'm sure whoever gets treated to this christmas tree would be wowed! they look impressive! i also see some very nice christmas decor in the background of your last photo!

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  19. I love your Christmas tree. What a gorgeous centrepiece!

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  20. This is such a stunning Christmas tree. I love it, keep up the good work, Brittany!

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  21. This is SO incredibly genius and beautiful. I am REALLY impressed. Christmas is definitely a time for baking.

    Thank you for your comment on my recent post. You're right... the "ideal" man or woman is totally personal preference. This makes me think of it in a new light. Only time will tell me what happens in romanceland.
    Take care! <3

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  22. You have so much cute stuff that I have been missing. These are adorable!

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  23. i've been wanting to make one of these but forgot... and ran out of time this year :(

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