Edible Decorations for Christmas

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Forget about strings of old tinsel and broken baubles. The Sunny-D team have come up with these ideas for decorations that look good and also taste great!

Don't forget to wash your hands before starting to cook, and always ask a grown-up if you need to use the oven.

Popcorn and cranberry garlands

This red and white string looks pretty hanging on the tree.

You will need:

  • Popcorn
  • Dried cranberries
  • Needle and cotton

What to do:

  • Cut off a long piece of cotton and thread it onto the needle. Tie a knot in the end.
  • Push the needle through the centre of a piece of popcorn and out the other side. Then do the same with a dried cranberry.
  • Continue alternating popcorn and cranberries until you reach the end of the piece of cotton. Tie a knot in the thread.
  • Your garland is ready to hang on the tree!

Stained Glass Biscuits

The boiled sweets in these biscuits melt then harden again to form 'stained glass'.

You will need:

  • 125g soft butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 250g plain flour
  • Optional flavouring like 1tbsp Sunny-D orange, a few drops of vanilla essence, or ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Boiled sweets or fruit drops
  • Biscuit cutters the same shape, one large and one small

What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas Mark 3.
  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof baking paper.
  • Cream together the butter or margarine with the sugar plus flavouring if using.
  • When it is light and fluffy beat in the egg and then the flour.
  • Mix to make a firm dough. Put dough in fridge for 20-30 minutes to harden. (This is not essential but helps the rolling out).
  • Flour a surface and roll out the dough to about ½ cm thick.
  • Cut out a shape with the larger biscuit cutter.
  • Cut out the middle of the biscuit with the smaller cutter. You will be left with a space in the middle of the biscuit.
  • Transfer the biscuits to the baking tray. Place a boiled sweet on each biscuit in the space. Use a toothpick or a skewer to make a hole in the dough to thread a ribbon through later.
  • Cook 8-10 minutes until firm and golden brown. Keep an eye on the biscuits as they burn easily.
  • Transfer to a rack. When cool, thread a ribbon through the hole and hang on the tree.

Orange Pomander Balls

Okay you can't eat these but they smell delicious and look very Christmassy.

You will need:

  • Oranges
  • Ribbon
  • Pins
  • Whole cloves

What to do:

  • Wrap the ribbon around the orange, holding it in place with a pin if necessary. Tie at the top so you have a loop.
  • Push cloves into the orange skin in rows, quite close together, covering the whole orange.
  • You may find it easiest to use a toothpick or paperclip to make small holes first, then push the cloves into the holes.
  • When you've finished you can hang them on the tree, or at the window, or give them away as gifts.