First, you'll need gingerbread cookies. A thick, spicy, chewy gingerbread cookie is just perfect for a simple outline design.
This is the recipe I created for the book. I love it. I think you will, too. I've copied the page right from the book for you here:
Now for the easy decorating...whip up a batch of royal icing and you're ready to go. I tinted just a bit of it with AmeriColor gold for the star on the tree, but you could certainly do all-white here. Or use a star sprinkle, or a tree cutter without a star on top...even easier.
The next day, or after they have dried completely, feel free to add a little sparkle and shine.
For the holly, mix a 1/4 teaspoon meringue powder with 1/4 teaspoon water and brush the mixture wherever you'd like sparkling sugar to stick. Sprinkle on the sanding sugar and brush off the excess. Or, leave them plain.
If you haven't made gingerbread cookies yet this season, it's time.
Seriously. Go do it. Simple or fancy...you won't be sorry.