Gingerbread Playdough

gingerbread playdough

I first made this playdough last spring. I’ve been waiting and waiting until Christmas to share it with you. While we make it all year long it is especially wonderful at Christmas. It’s a great distraction for the kids when you want to get some baking done by yourself. The kids can feel like they’re participating and you can do your own thing. It also makes great homemade gifts for classmates or cousins.

When my kids play with this, the whole house smells like cinnamon and spice. My hubby will come home and think I’ve been baking something wonderful when really the kids have just been playing with playdough. A disappointment to him but at least the house smells nice and the kids have been happily entertained. :)

I figured since it’s a recipe I could share it on a food blog. Plus, technically it is edible. Disgusting and salty, but edible. ;)

Gingerbread Playdough
Stored properly this dough should stay supple for a couple of months.
Makes: approximately 2 cups
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  1. Mix together flour, salt, cream of tartar, and spices in a medium-sized pot. Stir in the oil and water until evenly mixed (will be thick). Place pot over medium-low heat, cook and beat with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is playdough consistency. Remove from pot (Careful, it’s hot!) and knead with your hands until smooth. Store in an airtight container.

Adapted from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.