Gingerbread Playdough

It’s snowing! Whoo! I wanted a simple craft that reflected the season and playdough came to mind. I made up a batch of gingerbread scented dough while the boys napped (even though H usually helps me).

Playdough Recipe:
2 c flour
1 c salt
4TBS cream of tartar
4 TBS vegetable oil
1 1/2 c Water
Food coloring (optional)
2 TBS cinnamon(I should have added a little more for a darker more gingerbread color)
1 TBS ground nutmeg
1 TBS ground ginger
2 TBS pumpkin pie spice

Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl. In your pan on the stove top mix your wet ingredients (and food coloring) then add in dry. Mix it all up and then cook over medium heat.

The mixture will thicken and change color a little. I usually remove it from the heat once it’s mostly the dark, harder consistency.


Plop it on some wax or parchment paper to cool. (I use our cutting boards.) I also smoosh it out so it cools quicker. Once it’s cool enough to handle I will knead it for several minutes until there are no lumps and it’s soft.

Then it’s time to play! We used cookie cutters, buttons, and googly eyes.

H liked making the “dinderbed man” as he said.

He also made a snowman!


This batch turned out a little drier than usual so next time I’ll add a tad more water but it’s still fun! Store in airtight container or bag and enjoy!

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