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Homemade Gingerbread Play Dough

Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe

By Erin Huffstetler | 12/18/2019 | No Comments

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This gingerbread play dough makes a great gift for kids and stressed out adults. It smells just like gingerbread cookies, and only requires five minutes of stove time.

Here’s my easy peasy recipe. I’ve included a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, for your convenience.

Gingerbread Play Dough

Makes 2 cups (approx.)

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1.5 tbsp gingerbread spice (here’s how to make your own)
1 tbsp vegetable oil (canola, olive oil, etc.)

What You Do:

Dry Ingredients for Gingerbread Play Dough

Measure the dry ingredients into a saucepan, and stir well to combine.

Wet Ingredients for Gingerbread Playdough

Measure the water and oil into a liquid measuring cup.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients over medium heat.

Cook Gingerbread Play Dough Until Not Sticky

Stir continually until the mixture thickens and forms a ball. This should take about five minutes. You’ll know it’s done, when the play dough is no longer sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a plate or non-stick surface, and allow it to cool 10-15 minutes.

Then, knead it until it has a smooth, consistent texture.

Finished Gingerbread Play Dough

Store the play dough in an air-tight container, when not in use. It fits well in a pint-size jar, and should keep for a few weeks.

Homemade Gingerbread Play Dough

To gift, just add a ribbon, gingerbread man cookie cutter and tag. Here a link to the tags that I used.

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Homemade Gingerbread Play Dough

Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe

This gingerbread play dough smells just like a freshly-baked batch of gingerbread cookies, and makes a great gift for kids and grown-ups alike.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, MyFrugalHome.com
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups (approx.) 1x
  • Category: Craft Recipe
  • Method: Stove-Top

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1.5 tbsp gingerbread spice (here’s how to make your own)
1 tbsp vegetable oil (canola, oil oil, etc.)

Instructions:

Mix the dry ingredients together in a saucepan.

Measure the wet ingredients into a liquid measuring cup.

Place the pan on the stove, over medium heat, and stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Continue stirring, until the dough comes together, and a ball forms. The play dough is done when it’s no longer sticky. (This takes approximately five minutes.).

Transfer your play dough to a non-stick surface, and allow it to cool.

Then, knead it until it’s smooth, and store in an air-tight container.

Notes

This play dough has a shelf life of around three weeks.

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