Sunday the kiddos and I decorated “Christmas Tree” Ice Cream Cones. I’ve seen them all over the internet and being repinned like crazy on Pinterest. Every year, we try decorating a gingerbread house, and every year it looks like crap. I’ve never made gingerbread, so I always buy a kit, thinking it’s going to be easier.
Who am I kidding?
I have tiny kids, they can’t construct something with “icing” glue. They can barely construct something with actual glue.
I figured ice cream cones would be doable, since the project was basically like decorating a 3D cookie. (Decorating sugar cookies is something we do often in our house.) All in all, I would say the project was a success. Of course, Small’s tree looked like all the bottles of sprinkles exploded on it, but she was happy with it, and that’s all that matters.
ICE CREAM CONE CHRISTMAS TREES
|This was my tree. I'm very proud of it. :)|
Icing--I used a basic sugar cookie icing recipe:
4 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsps butter, softened
1 tsp Vanilla
Green Food Coloring.
*Cream together the powdered sugar and butter, stir in the Vanilla and then add enough milk to make the consistency you want. For this project, I left it a little thicker so that the candies would stick & the icing would harden a little when done.
*Then stir in the food coloring. I used about 20 drops (I wanted very green trees.)
*Note: Since we only did 3 trees, there was lots of icing left over for cookies. :)
Assorted Candies for decorating--
We used Mini M&Ms
Twizzler Pull & Peel licorice
Girl Scouts Gummi Berries
& some random Christmas themed sprinkles & sugars I always have on hand.
First: We slathered icing all over the sugar cones.
Second: We added sprinkles and candies to our hearts’ delight.
Third: We ate.
The decorating only took about 30 min after the frosting and other ingredients were assembled. Which is great for short attention spans. This is definitely a project we’ll be doing until the girls are old enough (read: coordinated enough) to attempt gingerbread houses again. Heck, we might even do it again yet this Christmas!
Have a Merry (and tasty) Christmas!