Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments

Posted on December 5, 2014
Hey Everybody! For the past couple of Christmases, I’ve always shared my traditional Czech gingerbread cookies with you, and today I’m here to share this year’s! Gingerbread cookies are one of my favorite Christmas traditions, but I don’t actually like to eat them… I make them purely for decorating purposes! I usually arrange them in a big shallow basket lined with greenery that I put on our dining table, but this year, I decided to make ornaments out of them, and decorate one of my little trees with them. To make the cookies into ornaments, you could either make holes at the top before baking (which I find never works well for me and they always seem to close up as the cookies expand when they bake) or you could very carefully make the holes using a needle once the cookies have completely cooled and you’ve decorated them (this is the way that I do it, it’s best to make the holes a day or two after baking and decorating so they’ve had time to sit out – I don’t store them in an airtight container since they are for decoration only). And I’ll let you in on a little secret… I used to make the cookies from scratch, but since we never eat them, I just use a store-bought cookie mix for them now. They smell just as delicious, and you save yourself a little bit of time!
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Lots of these gingerbread cookies are sold at the Christmas markets back at home in Prague. They are usually intricately decorated (my decorating skills have a looooong way to go!) and iced with different colors. I always miss the Christmas markets whenever we don’t go home for Christmas, because they are so fun to wander through; there are lots of stalls selling beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments and traditional gifts, lots of cookies and treats and holiday foods (which are the best part), all under the glow of a big Christmas tree! There are Christmas carols playing, people shopping and eating, and it always feels like a magical Christmas Wonderland! I can just smell it all now…. the spicy scent of all the cookies, the holiday drinks, the ham, sausages and slowly roasted pig… smells like Christmas!
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And if you want to see some more gingerbread goodies, HERE are my cookies from a couple of years ago (left) and HERE are my (non-edible!) felt gingerbread man ornaments & gift tags (right)!
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Happy Baking and Decorating, Everyone!

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26 Comments

  • Reply Joan Defino December 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Maria, These ornaments are so cute and you decorated them beautifully. I enjoyed reading about your childhood Christmas memories on your about page. We’re almost neighbors … I live in Northern Virginia. Enjoy the holiday season. Joan – My Cookie Clinic

    • Reply Maria December 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Joan! Hope you have a most wonderful Christmas season too! 🙂

  • Reply Sue December 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Your cookies (and all of your gingerbread creations) are beautiful and just “scream” Christmas!

    • Reply Maria December 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Sue! I just love making different gingerbread goodies at Christmastime 🙂 Hope you are having a good weekend so far, and that you have a great Christmas season 🙂

  • Reply Darlene Nemeth December 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Maria, You are so talented. The gingerbread ornaments turned our fantastic. Wishing you the best, Darlene

    • Reply Maria December 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much, Darlene! My decorating skills are nowhere near my mom’s or what my grandmother’s used to be, but they seem to get a little better with practice each year 🙂 It’s a fun little tradition. I hope you have a most wonderful Christmas season this year!

  • Reply Jamie Morton December 8, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Absolutely amazing Christmas ornaments! Everything is so beautiful.
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    • Reply Maria December 8, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and for the sweet comment, Jamie! 🙂

  • Reply Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    These are absolutely perfect!! Love the photos!

    • Reply Maria December 8, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply Theresa Yurkewich December 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Wow – the icing on these is superb. You must have a steady hand! Any tips on how to get it looking so perfect?Visiting from Two Cup Tuesdays!

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    • Reply Maria December 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment, Theresa! As for the icing…. my cookies are not perfect or as elaborately decorated as I wish they would be, but they’ve gotten better with practice! They seem to be a little better every year. One little tip though… when I’m icing the cookies (I’m right-handed), I usually prop my right wrist with my left hand, to make it more steady and it sort of helps guide my right hand a little bit too… don’t know if that makes any sense! Hope it helps! Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m going to go over to check out your blog! 🙂

  • Reply Heather Kinnaird December 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Maria – just stunning!!

    • Reply Maria December 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Ohhh thank you so much, Heather!

  • Reply Chandra Sirois December 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Your blog is amazingly beautiful! I am in awe of your icing skills! Stunning! You just gained a new follower on all your social media!

    • Reply Maria December 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Chandra! I’m going to go over to visit your blog 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!

  • Reply GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart December 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I think your decorated gingerbread ornaments are amazingly beautiful! I do like the taste of gingerbread cookies but I don’t think I could decorate them as sweet as you have!

    • Reply Maria December 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you so much! I love decorating gingerbread cookies, it’s one of my favorite Christmas traditions 🙂 I hope you’ve had a wonderful December so far!

  • Reply Christy James December 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Your cookie ornaments turned out beautifully! Great idea to use the pre-made dough! Thanks for sharing at our Get Your DIY On party! Pinning and sharing! XO

    • Reply Maria December 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Christy! And yes, the pre-made gingerbread dough is definitely a time saver – always good at Christmastime! 😉

  • Reply Jodee Weiland December 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    These cookies not only loo delicious…they look so cute for a tree! What a great idea…thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Maria December 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you, Jodee! I have them hanging on my little kitchen themed tree on my dining table (they smell good too, which is another plus! Ha!) Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season! 🙂

  • Reply Dini Gonsalkorale December 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I used to hate eating any kind of Ginger cookie, but have grown fond of it recently! I am making my first gingerbread cookies this year and this is such a great idea! I am going to make a few as ornaments for the tree for sure! 🙂 Thank you for sharing! Happy FF!

    • Reply Maria December 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks, Dini! Have fun baking your cookies, hope the ornaments turn out great 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas season! 🙂

  • Reply Teri December 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    These ornaments are so pretty! You do really nice work! I would love if you would drop by and share this at Celebrate It! It is my blog party where we celebrate our wonderful everyday lives!
    http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/12/celebrate-it-blog-party-21.html

  • Reply Dawna Motz December 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I love these gingerbread ornaments!! Perfect!! They look beautiful and perfect for the woodland/ country decorating that is so popular this year!!

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