12 DIYs of Christmas #6: Gingerbread Cactus & Succulents

12 DIYs of Christmas: Gingerbread Cactus and Succulent Cookies | Dossier Blog

Welcome back to the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Today’s post is a take on the classic Christmas Gingerbread Cookie. Because there definitely had to be plants involved, and who doesn’t love a cute little gingerbread cactus?!

Below I’ve created a downloadable & printable template you can use to create your own gingerbread cactus & succulents. Read on for more.

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#6: Gingerbread Cactus & Succulents

For this DIY, you may already have a specific gingerbread recipe you like to use, which is totally fine! If not, check out this one.

Firstly, print off onto card stock the gingerbread template. If you can’t print onto card stock, print onto normal paper then trace onto cardboard to create sturdier templates. Once you’ve cut out the templates on cardboard, set them aside.

Make the gingerbread dough according to the recipe. Roll out the dough and use the templates to cut out the dough with a knife. If your templates stick to the dough, dip them in plain flour. This will stop them sticking.

Use a spatula dipped in flour to gently transfer the gingerbread cookies onto your baking tray. Bake according to the recipe’s instructions.

How to make your own gingerbread cactus and succulent cookies, including a printable template cookie cutter! | Dossier Blog


Whip up the icing according to instructions, then separate it into 3-4 different bowls, depending on how many colours of icing you’d like. Add food colouring in the bowls until you’ve reached your desired colours. I went with white, light pink, a light and a darker green.

Ice your gingerbread cactus and succulents however you’d like, adding sprinkles when the icing begins to set.

To create patterns on top of the icing, put some icing in a small zip-lock bag and cut a small corner off the bag. Use this to pipe patterns onto the cookies.

Let the icing set and your gingerbread cactus and succulent cookies are done!

Don’t forget to check out my other posts in the 12 DIYs of Christmas!

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