One of our Christmas family traditions is making ornaments. Last year, we experimented with two different gingerbread playdough recipes to make gingerbread ornaments, and I can’t wait to make some again.
The first recipe we tried was purely equal parts applesauce and cinnamon — and despite what some bloggers may say, this is not taste-safe or edible. The amount of cinnamon present can be toxic, so please only use this recipe with children past the “tasting” phase. To make it more “gingerbread-inspired” we added 1 tsp of ginger spice to the dough.
After cutting out the shapes and using a straw to make holes for the string, we baked the ornaments at 350F for 10 minutes. This dough was darker and had a stronger smell, but the dough was very messy and stained our hands and the table!
Our next recipe was more successful, and was a more straight-forward gingerbread play dough:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar (optional)
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
(If you were making these ornaments at a party, you could bake them at 350F for 10 minutes, just make sure the dough is at least a half inch thick.)
We used jute twine to hang the ornaments and give them a rustic edge. I love how they turned out and am so excited to be adding them to our tree for another year.
PS — if you haven’t already, check out our awesome Homemade Play Dough Page.