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22 December 2010

Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

I remember making salt dough ornaments as a child – well vaguely I remember had to confirm with my mom! So when I saw a great post about the ornaments on Fly Through our Window the other day I figured what a fun idea. So I gathered together supplies.

I was able to use my bread hook attachment for my favorite pink kitchen-aide (first time!)

And put my pretty marble rolling pin to good use.

I ended up buying a random sack of cookie cutters for a $1 at the grocery store as realized I didn’t have any. Ooops.

But they worked out great and the ornaments turned out exactly how I was hoping.

I am using most of mine as gift tags. Figure for once I could be creative with my wrapping. And they smell delicious!

Here is the recipe I used in case you want to try this at home. It really was pretty simple:

Salt Dough Ornaments
3 cups flour
1 cup cinnamon
1 cup nutmeg
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups of warm water

Preheat oven to 200. Yields 30 to 40 small/medium size ornaments.
Wisk together flour, spices, and salt in mixing bowl {stand mixer if you have one} until well incorporated. Add bread hook* and gradually add warm water until dough ball collects. Using half of the dough at once, roll out on a floured surface until flat and very even {they do not rise at all so try get the rolled out dough as even as you can}. Using your favorite cookie cutters {dipped in flour} cut out shapes. The dough is fairly dense/heavy so a small to medium cutter is probably best. Using a straw add a “hole” at the top of each ornament so it can hang. Transfer to cookie sheets {I lined with parchment, I don’t think you have to though} and bake at 200° for 2 hours, turn off oven and let sit for another hour. Remove from oven and place on cooling racks. Using a basting brush dust off excess flour. Now you can paint your ornaments if desired or not. Finish them by spraying them with a clear polyurethane {outside or in a well-ventilated garage} or a glossy Mod Podge, or if desired, you can leave them all natural like I did!

*If you don’t have a stand mixer you can mix by hand and knead until the dough is well incorporated and all pulled together in a dough ball.

Thanks Darby for the idea! I say this like we are friends - when really I have never met her just stalk her blog and precious children.

1 comment:

Teresa said...

My kids have made those many times....I love the way they smell. They always made ornaments, but I think gift tags are a perfect idea!