Making sugars in shapes other than a cube makes me all kinds of happy and this Christmas edition is no exception. Sugars are so easy to make that I am always surprised by people’s reaction. What’s in them? How did you do it? What do you mean it’s just sugar? So here is how to make super cute Christmas sugars. Whether you want to share how easy they are to make is entirely up to you =)
I made 2 shapes: Gingerbread Men and Christmas Trees.
Let’s start with Gingerbread Men. Place about 2 cups of brown sugar into a small bowl. Add water 1 tsp at a time and mix until your sugar resembles wet sand:
Pour it onto your work surface and press it down with the palm of your hand to make an even layer about 1/4 inch thick:
Press a small gingerbread man cutter into the sugar mass. Don’t worry if it breaks around it, you can just press it back down:
Place your gingerbread men onto a baking sheet and place in a warm oven (about 150°F) for 15 minutes or so:
That’s it! They will dry into solid little sugars. You can add details later. For instance, I added dots of royal icing on mine to look like buttons.
Now on to the Christmas trees. Start with white sugar and a bit of green food coloring:
Continue mixing and adding water until the sugar looks like green wet sand:
Pour it onto your work surface and press down with the palm of your hand to create an even layer about 1/4 inch thick:
Use a small tree cutter to cut your sugar shapes:
Place your sugars on a baking sheet. You can choose to add some details to your trees. I had some silver pearls I wanted to try:
Place in your warm oven (about 150°F) for about 15 minutes to set.