It’s that time of year! The twinkling lights, the music playing in the stores, snuggling up on the couch to watch holiday-themed movies, the treats. . .
I saved the best for last; treats! I have so many fond memories of making and decorating cookies from when I was young. And now it’s something I just love doing with my own children during the holidays.
And a holiday favourite; GINGERBREAD! Being the playdough-loving mama that I am, of course I had to make a gingerbread play dough invitation for the kids.
And it was a HUGE hit. Whenever I bring out this tray, they play with it for at least 30-60 minutes making and decorating cookies for each other.
Ok- lets get to that recipe so you can whip yourself up a batch ASAP.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 TBSP cream of tartar
1/2 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 TBSP ground ginger
1/2 TBSP nutmeg
1 cup water plus 1 TBSP
1 TBSP veg oil
Glycerin (a few drops to add shine)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl- it should be quite wet; like pancake batter. Next you will transfer it to a pan on the stove, set to low/medium heat. Move it all around until it all gets cooked up. You will notice a change in the texture and it will appear a bit darker in colour. Remove the dough from the pan when it is all cooked and wait for it to cool slightly before kneading it for a few minutes.
This dough smells soooo good! It’s not quite the same dark brown as real gingerbread… but I find if you add to many spices it dries the play dough out actually and leaves a bit of a residue on your hands while you play. So I rather have it a bit lighter in colour to avoid that.
I added some little wooden beads, but have done this with buttons as well and it’s so cute! The wooden and silicone stampers are fun and cute, but not a necessity. Just grab that gingerbread man cookie cutter and away you go! Enjoy!