Friday, November 16, 2012

In Home Entertainment: Gingerbread Playdough

We're usually chomping at the bit to get into the holiday spirit, but this year, it's just taken us a little while to start coming around. Mom is finally starting to catch the festive bug, but she didn't really want to make the gingerbread men cookies we were begging her to make (probably because she usually ends up eating all of them). Playdough to the rescue! We searched online a bit and found a few recipes that looked good and went for it. It smelled DELISH and mom let us roll it out when it was still nice and warm, which was super fun. We used holiday cookie cutters to cut out our "cookies" and sequins to decorate them. Kane had a whole "gingerbread cookie factory" going -- he asked mom to save them and we pretended to eat them over the next few days, which we both thought was just hilarious.

Here's the deal -- you'll need:

- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tsp. cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 4 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- some baby oil or glycerine to make it nice and squishy

In a medium saucepan stir together dry ingredients. Next mix in the water and oil and stir until a thick batter is formed. Cook the mixture over low/medium heat until a thick dough forms. Turn out onto a countertop or parchment paper and knead until smooth. Add in baby oil/glycerine as you knead. Makes about 4 cups of delicious smelling dough.

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