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Christmas Tree Sugar Shapes

I am officially crafted out.

No really.

I looked at the calendar and realized there are less than 2 weeks until Christmas. So if I am spent, I am pretty sure that most of you all are already checked out of the office be it mentally or physically, you’re done your trees, hung up your stockings, tossed your tinsel and are now realizing that you have either not wrapped or purchased all of your presents and are about to drink some wine and spend way more time online at 1 am ordering things you know you shouldn’t.

Wait that last part was just me.

So the last couple of “Christmas projects” for this challenge are going to be food related because really, at this point, all you want to do is drink and be merry. And eat cookies. I was going to post these with the tea set but I thought…oh who am I kidding, I am so tired I totally forgot to add them.

To make these Christmas tree sugar shapes for every 1/2 cup of sugar, you add 1 tsp of water in a bowl and mix it well into a wet sand textured paste. Then just pat the mixture into an ice cube tray or candy mold. I repeat, pat them down really well and yes, use a measuring cup and spoon for this. They’re very easy to make but you MUST follow the water to sugar ration to a tee or you will turn them to mush.

Once they’re in the mold, flip them over on a flat surface – preferably on top of wax or parchment paper, gently pop them out and let them harden. Don’t move them around or try to clean up the edges right after. Do that after they harden. I usually leave them overnight to do that but even 2 days to be safe.

Making Christmas sugar shapes

Christmas Tree Sugar Shapes - northstory

DIY Christmas Tree Sugar Shapes - northstory

Make your own Christmas tree sugar shapes - northstory

What, you mean you don’t always have a fresh twig of pine sitting next to your warm beverage as you sip it? Food styling is so much fun let me tell you. Nothing says “That will be an easy photo shoot” like trying to find a spot where you don’t see your reflection in the spoon.

Speaking of sugar, did I mention this weekend I am going to attempt to make candy? Ask my husband what happened the last time I tried to bring sugar to a boil. The entire house still smells like burnt caramel.

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  • Reply
    December 12, 2014 at 7:16 am

    These are so cute ! And yes I love to drink tea with pine branches.

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      December 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I went scouring for herbs and just stems of something that would work and then I said oh forget this and grabbed a small pine twig from my vase. Then again it’s not like we have randomly scattered bells all around our food either.

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    Kristen S
    December 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I just drink pine branch tree a la Katniss in Hunger Games. Oh and carry around bow & arrows. I’m a badass like that.

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      December 12, 2014 at 9:24 am

      I have not yet seen the second Hunger Games. I did try and read the book. That didn’t go well. For this I thought about scattering some ornaments around it too. That way I could make the shoot more complicated with balls that were reflective. It’s not like bloggers photoshop themselves out after…oh wait…

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    December 12, 2014 at 11:24 am

    You’re so awesome and these are so awesome! Must make them! Thanks for sharing!

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      December 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Coming from your talented kitchen cooking and baking self, that’s humbling! 🙂

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    December 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Found your blog a couple of weeks ago and started subscribing cause you always make me laugh:).
    Merry Christmas from a fellow Canadian (who hasn’t purchased ANY gifts yet!)

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      December 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s very sweet of you to say! Merry Christmas to you as well and online shopping. Online shopping all the way. Says the woman about to drive to the store.

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    December 13, 2014 at 5:34 am

    So cute! I’m definitely going to try these one day. Man, I am so Christmas crafted out, too. And my decor isn’t even done yet. Enter cider (of the adult variety, of course). And can I just say your photos have just been so exquisite lately? I am taking notes.

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    Marcy Singer
    January 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    This is the best of all the recipes for homemade sugar cubes that I have tried. They always come out perfectly. Other people say to add ‘some’ water, but I really appreciate your precise measurements. I have some sugar hearts drying even as I write this. 🙂

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