Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Gingerbread Play-doh

I saw this link on Pinterest for Gingerbread play-doh and thought my niece and my friend's kid would both love it!  My niece loves her play kitchen, so I thought making some gingerbread cookie dough would be a fun addition to it.

This play-doh smells heavenly and I love knowing exactly what is in it and that it's completely non-toxic.

Original recipe from Sweet Sugarbelle, with my revisions below:


1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tbsp. vegetable oil (original recipe called for 2, but I didn't want it too oily)
1 cup water
1 tsp orange extract (optional, but I added it)

In a medium saucepan whisk together dry ingredients. Next mix in the water, oil, and orange extract and stir until a thick batter is formed. Cook the mixture over low/medium heat until a thick dough forms. Turn out onto parchment paper and knead until smooth. Makes about 2 cups of dough.

Add dry ingredients together in a medium bowl
Whisk dry ingredients
This is a great option for those of you that are busy busy around the holidays but have a few extra moments ahead of time, even months ahead of time.  I had about a month before Christmas, so I whisked together the dry ingredients and waited until right before Christmas to add the wet ingredients.  I added the dry ingredients to a Mason jar with a lid, wrote on the jar with a Sharpie the wet ingredients, and set it aside until a few days before I was to gift it.  You could also give this as a gift and let the gift receiver add the wet ingredients (also include instructions of course).

Dry mix ready to sit in the cupboard for a month.
I don't have any photos of the cooking process (I didn't want to burn the dough), but it was fairly simple.  Be sure to not overcook it or it might dry out.

Play-doh after cooking and kneading is ready to gift!  This is a photo of half the dough. 
Add the play-doh to a Mason Jar, or a Ziploc or Glad container works great.  Add a cute label, tie a Gingerbread cookie cutter to the jar, and it's ready to be gifted!

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  1. do you know how long it will last? does it need to be kept in the fridge when not in use? I would love to make some for my children

    1. It should be fine if left in an airtight container at room temperature, but it might get weird if it's left in the sun or somewhere way too hot. I haven't done a time trial to see how long it lasts since I just gifted it (I'll have to remember to ask in a few months), but it should last for a few months if it's kept airtight when not in use. I remember making homemade play-doh as a kid and it would just be left in a plastic bag on the shelf and we kept using it until we mixed all the colors to make it look poop brown or until we left it out and it dried up. You'll have to update me if you make some!