Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gingerbread Playdough

Making Christmas Memories.  Christmas time gingerbread houses, gingerbread men cookies, gingerbread cake and we bring you gingerbread play-dough! Who doesn't like some type of gingerbread during the holiday?! We love how something as simple as making up a batch of fresh, homemade gingerbread play-dough at Christmas time and playing with it as if it were the "real" thing creates in the heart and mind of our family a happy Christmas memory.

You won't be turning on the oven for this gingerbread recipe. But from the fragrance that comes from the spices in the play-dough your home will smell as if you are baking gingerbread!

Gingerbread Play-Dough via

1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp. vegetable oil
Spices--Cinnamon, Allspice, Ginger, Nutmeg
*Green and Red food coloring to make Brown (optional--the spices usually
  give the dough a good Brown color.)

1. Mix the dry ingredients.  Experiment with the spices until you get
     a scent and color that you like.
2.  Mix water and oil together first and then add them to the dry ingredients
     and stir.

3.  In a pot, cook the mixture for three to five minutes on low/medium, stirring
4.  The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the pot and
     stick together in a large ball.  I take it out of the pan when I see a 
VERY faint
     brown skin on the dough one each side when I flip it.
5.  Take the dough out of the pan and knead the dough until it becomes soft
      and smooth.

6.  Allow the dough to cool and then store it in an airtight container.

1 batch makes about the same amount as you would find in one small tub of store bought playdough.

We did not add any food coloring to our recipe for added color. We decided we liked the natural look the spice blend lent to the recipe better.

                             We pulled out our gingerbread kids cookie molds.

                                And our gingerbread men cookie cutters.

                             And started making some play-dough gingerbread cookies!

 We knew we would want to gift some of this delicious gingerbread play-dough, so we made up enough to keep some to play with and to give.

This is how we decided to package our play-dough for gift giving. We chose mason jars as the vessel and used scrap book paper, ginger bread stickers and cookie cutter to embellish the jar.

Loving these free printables from The TomKat Studio we used them for the hang tag and to decorate the top of the jar lid.

Gingerbread Party Printables via TomKat Studio For HGTV

                         Click on the link above to get your free Gingerbread Party Printables.

Of course we had to personalize the jars with a boy gingerbread kid sticker or a girl gingerbread kid sticker.

The scrap book paper we used is from Martha Stewart. We have used her paper a lot this Christmas in different craft projects. Love the gingerbread girls red hair bow!

The gingerbread boy gets to wear a nice warm red scarf around his neck.

 To attache the cookie cutter to the jar we ran a piece of ribbon through the cookie cutter, taped part of the ribbon down onto a piece of scrap book paper and  then placed a 2"round printable over that. If you haven't done much baking yet, there is still time to have a little gingerbread kid making fun with play-dough!Be inspired!

                                 "Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men,
                                  to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward
                                  from your Father in heaven."
                                  Matthew 5:1

Source/Homespun With Love
Printables/The TomKat Studio
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1 comment:

  1. What spices did YOU use in the pics and in what amounts?