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Gingerbread Play Dough

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!