Edible advent calendars are sweet seduction and great decoration at the same time
Without a doubt, the homemade advent calendars are the most beautiful. If you want to count the remaining days of Christmas this year with the help of an original Advent calendar, then an edible Advent calendar may be the right thing for you. Children in particular will be over the moon when they can eat delicious gingerbread or other Christmas cookies every day. We have therefore put together delicious and attractive inspirations for edible Advent calendars for you, with which every day becomes the highlight of the pre-Christmas season.
Gingerbread Advent Calendar Recipe Ideas
Edible advent calendars are actually very easy to make. All you need for a delicious eye-catcher is a good recipe for aromatic Christmas cookies, cookie cutters with winter motifs of your choice, beautiful ribbons to hang up and frosting to write on. For the pretty advent calendar in the picture above you also need some hooks and small fir branches to decorate. The wall hooks are a practical solution for hanging your homemade Advants calendar when you have picture rails on the wall. Alternatively, you can use a wire hanger that you decorate with fir green. You can use any recipe that is sure to succeed to make the cookies. For example, you can use the following gingerbread recipe:
490 g flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons of grated ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
230 g butter, room temperature
130 g of brown sugar
90 g molasses
Mix the first 6 ingredients together and set them aside. Mix the butter with the sugar in a separate bowl. Add the eggs and molasses and stir everything on medium heat. Then add the flour mixture and knead everything into one day. Roll out the dough thinly, prick out asterisks and swallows and make a small hole on each biscuit. Bake the gingerbread in a preheated oven at 165 degrees for about 9-11 minutes. Let the biscuits cool down a little and thread a thread or decorative ribbon. As soon as they have completely cooled down, label them with the numbers 1 to 24. Finally, hang up the individual cookies at different heights.
Vegan edible advent calendar
If you are vegan, you can use this gingerbread recipe. It’s also nut-free. In the picture above you can see another idea for threading the individual cookies. Angels, bells, asterisks, snowflakes and fir trees, the selection of winter motifs is huge. The garlands also cut a beautiful figure and the biscuits are in no way inferior to the usual cookie in terms of taste.
300 g vegan butter
240 g dark muscavado sugar
120 g of sugar beet syrup
750 g flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons of ground ginger
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
For the glaze:
4 tbsp aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)
250 g powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small saucepan, lightly melt the vegan butter, sugar and sugar beet situp together. Sift the flour and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the melted vegan butter and sugar and knead into a soft dough. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. Roll out the dough, cut out the biscuits and bake at 170 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Use a straw to poke holes in the top of each cookie before baking. Let the cookies cool down and decorate with the glaze to your heart’s content.
Arrange edible advent calendars on the cake stand
You can also arrange the freshly baked cookies on a multi-level cake stand. If you want to put your lovingly baked cookies in the limelight, a praline etagere made of glass or porcelain offers a wonderful stage for the delicacies. These Christmas cookies are very easy to prepare. The hardest thing here is actually being able to resist the sweet temptation and not finish the cookies in one day. For the ginger biscuits you will need:
250 g butter, soft
250 g powdered sugar
375 grams of flour
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
Mix the butter and sugar together until creamy. Stir in the flour and ginger. Shape the dough into a smooth ball with your hands. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface approx. 3-4 mm thick. Cut out hearts and stars and bake them in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for 10-12 minutes until golden. Let cool on a wire rack. Write the numbers with the icing on the biscuits or shape them from fondant mass. You are also welcome to use white, green or red food coloring. Incidentally, you can work with paper templates you have created yourself if you don’t have the right cookie cutter.
Advent calendar edible down to the last crumb
Our next suggestion for an original and delicious advent calendar is from the little door, to the surprises behind these little doors, to its frame, edible and very tasty.
1 cup butter, soft
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of molasses
6 cups of flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
2 tbsp ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
425 g sugar icing
Food colors of your choice
To make the dough, first mix the butter with the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time. Then add the molasses. Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the flour mixture to the butter and egg mixture and knead everything into a dough. Set aside 1/3 of the dough. Roll out the remaining piece of dough 6 mm thick. Cut out a 22 x 30 cm rectangle. Put it on a baking sheet. Cut out 25 windows with a 2.5 cm cutter. Place the cutouts on a second baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a small knife or 1 inch cookie cutter to create several different shapes that will fit in the windows, such as trees, stars, gloves, reindeer, etc. Place them on a third parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake all of the cookies at 170 ° C for 8 minutes until the cookies are quite firm. Let cool down. Divide the frosting into several bowls and color it. Now you can decorate the frame to your heart’s content. Let dry. Then place the figurines in each window and decorate them as well. Let the frosting dry. Finally, decorate the door and place on each window. Once the ornament is completely dry, number the doors from 1-25 and let the handmade advent calendar dry.
Make cake pops advent calendars yourself
To start the Christmas countdown and see the excitement of your children growing every day, you can create an extraordinary Advent calendar out of cake pops. For this you need 24 cake pops, which you bake with a cake pop machine or create them from crumbled cake. If you want to imitate this frozen-inspired advent calendar, you have to dip the finished cake pops in white chocolate and sprinkle them with light blue sugar.
The edible numbers are created from light blue fondant and attached to the cake pops. Now you have to cut out a large Christmas tree in duplicate from cardboard or foam sheets and make small holes for the cake pop stems. Insert the cake pops and pamper your child with the homemade delicacy every day. Even if the cake pops don’t stay on the Christmas tree until Christmas, you can be sure that this delicious edible Advent calendar has definitely paid off.
You can see another idea for a fancy advent calendar in the picture above. For this you need a board, paint (preferably blackboard paint), clothespins, washi tape, hot glue gun and of course the delicious Christmas cookies that you baked and decorated for winter. Coat the board with the blackboard paint and let the paint dry well. You can then write “Merry Christmas” with chalk on the already dried paint or have your child draw a nice picture on it.
In the meantime, dress up the clothespins by sticking washi tape on them or painting them with acrylic paints. Attach them vertically to the board and hang up the individual cookies. With regard to the decoration, of course, anything you can think of is allowed. Whether you create a filigree and subtle decoration or decorate the self-baked Christmas cookies as colorfully and lavishly as possible, depends entirely on your taste.
Cool ideas for edible advent calendars – cupcake advent calendars
If you don’t find the time to design elaborate parcels and fill them with small surprises for the most beautiful festival of the year, you can design this cupcake advent calendar as a creative and colorful alternative. Bake 24 muffins according to any recipe and then cover them with a colored cream topping. Cut out rectangles or circles from gumpaste and glue the digits to them. If you want, you can shape the last cupcake into a Christmas tree. Arranged on a beautiful platter, the simple cupcakes have turned into a colorful, edible Advent calendar.
If you have decided on gifts from the kitchen this year, an advent calendar like this would also be ideal. As soon as you have decorated the Christmas cookies according to your creative ideas, you can wrap them in a clear box as a gift. Placed next to the Christmas tree, this sweet gift is a great Christmas decoration.
You don’t necessarily have to wait long to taste the edible advent calendars. These Christmas cookies, which imitate the look of an advent calendar, can be nibbled right away. To produce them, you need a bit of a fine tip feeling and a fine tip nozzle.
During the Advent season you can give yourself and your loved ones special joy with such advent calendars. Always keep the preferences of the people you want to give a present in mind and create the alternative of the usual advent calendar with little doors with a suitable taste and creative look.
Have fun baking and decorating, and we wish you an exciting Christmas season!