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How to make an edible advent calendar

DIY edible advent calendar | Kittenhood

One month left until Christmas! That makes it the perfect moment to start baking your advent calendar. Wait, what? Baking it? Yes. Get the butter and sugar working on the sweetest countdown to Christmas. I think it makes sense, it looks simple and pretty, and it’s a real treat. Here is what you need to make your own: 

Make an edible advent calendar | KittenhoodHow to make an edible advent calendar

You will need: 

  • biscuit recipe (see below)
  • numbers cookie cutters
  • toothpick
  • thread and needle
  • tree branch
  • string

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Number shaped biscuits recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 80 g unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 cup flour

Method: 

Begin by mixing the butter and sugar together. If you don’t have a mixer, you can do it by hand. When you get a creamy composition, add the egg and vanilla and continue to mix. Slowly add in the flour, mixing continuously. Add a pinch of salt and refrigerate the dough for a few minutes.
Preheat the oven at 180°C. Roll the dough to about 5 mm thick and cut out the number shapes. For the advent calendar, you need the numbers from 1 to 24. Pierce each number with a toothpick at the top for hanging. Bake for about 10 minutes or until slightly golden. They’re done faster than you might think!

Note: Make some spare ones and twos, just in case anything breaks. Depending on the size of your cookie cutters and the thickness of the dough, you might get leftover dough.Make an edible advent calendar | Kittenhood

Start by making the number-shaped biscuits. You can use whatever recipe you like, as long as it doesn’t involve the dough growing (that would ruin the letter shapes). Don’t make the dough too thin. Cut out the numbers from 1 to 24. Pierce each number with a toothpick at the top, so you can hang them later. 

When the biscuits are done and cooled off, use a needle to thread each one. For the double digits, use a single thread for both numbers. 

Find a pretty tree branch and hang it to the wall with string. Tie each number to the branch, in the proper order. Adorn with lights or fir branches and you’re done! 

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  • Awww! This is the cutest/ tastiest calendar I’ve ever seen. Totally love it!

  • nicole

    I’m curious about the quality of day one compared to day twenty-four…

    • You mean taste-wise? I’ve had the same concern. You could, alternatively, pack each individual cookie in a sheer plastic/paper bag so that it keeps better.