Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Christmas In July! Gingerbread & Marshmallows Christmas Tree Cookies

Yay for Christmas in July! ...well..just barely! 
Christmas is my favorite holiday. As a result, I have quite a collection of Christmas themed magazines. Today's cookies were inspired by "Food Network's" December 2010 issue. They had the cutest little gingerbread people all dressed up. I also used their gingerbread recipe which you can find below. To see what I made last year for CiJ, click here.
Merry Christmas in July!
Make your cookie dough and refrigerate. I find it easier to make it at least a day ahead.
 Bake @ 350 for 10-12 minutes.
How easy is this?! Just cut mallows and press into colored sugar.
These sweet little pink mallows have me thinking Easter bunnies..!
 For marshmallow stars, follow directions below. 
Then cover star with cookie icing and dip in yellow sugar sprinkles. 

I added mini M&Ms for the Christmas tree lights.
Fun, easy and cute! How's that for an edible Christmas craft?
 Gingerbread Cookie Recipe from Food Network
Sift 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon each baking soda and salt, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves and allspice into a bowl. In mixer bowl, combine 6 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tablespoon melted shortening, 2/3 cup light brown sugar and 3/4 cup molasses. Beat in 1 egg. Beat in flour mixture in two additions. Divide dough in half. I patted out both halves and laid them flat in gallon size baggies. Chill at least two hours.
Preheat oven to 350.
Roll cookie dough out on floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. 
Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use cookie cutters or a long, sharp knife to cut out cookies. Arrange on cookie sheets and chill for 15 minutes.
Bake 10-12 minutes.
Click here to see recipe on Food Network's website.
Thank you for stopping by!
Wishing You a Sweet Day From
Sugartown Sweets
Comments are always welcomed.   :o)


  1. How cute!!! I love your blog. You always make the cutest treats. :)

  2. Happy Christmas in July! These would be great to make with a group of kids.

    1. I think so too grandbabies will have fun with this one!

  3. This is so cute!
    I went to school with Stephanie and though I'm not on Facebook, every once in a while I see what people are doing on there. I checked out Stephanie's page and found the link to your blog. I'm so glad I did! My boys love fun treats and I can definitely find those here!

    1. Thank you Tara..I'm glad you did too! Have fun creating!

  4. I happened upon this wonderful idea while searching for gingerbread house decoration ideas. This would make a great tree for the "yard". This looks fun and simple to make. Since the house itself will be structural gingerbread, I wanted to make the decorations the traditional gingerbread for eating purposes. Thanks for posting!

    1. Thank you so much! These really are one of the easier things I've made. I think next time though, I will use green frosting to attach the marshmallows. Have fun decorating!

    2. Kraft Jet-puffed marshmallows put out peppermint marshmallows this year. So far I only found them at WalMart and bought two packages. One is the small normal marshmallows and then circular ones (very different), the circular ones look like a round flat lollipop and would make great "lollipops" dipped in chocolate but my challenge to you is I'd like to see you create a unique edible craft with these. I look forward to seeing a future blog using peppermint marshmallows. I was going to use the small ones for my gingerbread trees (so what if they aren't the traditional green trees), they will be tasty....I hope!! Next Monday is gingerbread house night!