Bake something for the run up to Christmas

Whilst a lot of effort goes on Christmas Day, some of the best parts of Christmas live firmly in the run up to the big day. We love making the house festive and welcoming and so this month we challenged Sandy to bake something she likes to cook to get into the holiday spirit.

Sandy's Iced Gingerbread stars contain just the right amount of spice to fill your home with the intoxicating scents of the festive season. The best part is that the icing can be as elaborate as you like making it a great holiday activity for adults to share with little ones.

We highly recommend baking them for yourself. We’ll also feature your creations in the Trex Family Bakery if you Instagram your shots with #BakingWithTrex.

Iced Gingerbread Stars

At Christmas time I just love cooking gingerbread. When my children were very young we would make little biscuit decorations for the tree and then spend the entire week making sure the dog didn't eat any of them! We still make these biscuits every year because, no only do they taste amazing with chocolate after being out in the cold, they make the house smell so unbelievably Christmassy!

Ingredients (Makes around 30 small biscuits)

For the biscuits

  • 120g trex
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 340g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

For the Royal Icing 

  • 1 egg white
  • 185g of icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Step 1

Cream the Trex, sugar and honey in large bowl using electric beaters until pale and fluffy.

Add the egg and beat well. 

Step 2

Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger. 

Stir until the mixture comes together to form a ball. 

Step 3

Turnout onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead until smooth. 

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Line two baking trays with baking paper. 

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 2mm thick. 

Cut the dough into star shapes with a star cookie cutter, re-rolling any dough scraps and cutting out more stars. 

Step 5

Place on the prepared trays, leaving room for a little spreading, and bake for 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. 

Allow to cool on the trays for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Step 6

To make the royal icing, lightly whisk the egg white in a small bowl until just foamy. 

Gradually whisk in enough icing sugar and lemon juice to form smooth icing that holds its shape. 

Step 7

Spoon the icing into a piping bag  and pipe the decoration onto the stars. 

Allow to set.