Cinnamon Salt Dough
They smell yummy like Christmas and look good enough to eat but these cookie tree ornaments are not at all tasty. Made to last, the salt in the dough helps to preserve them so, unlike real gingerbread, these ones can be used to decorate your tree from one year to the next
You will need:
1 cup salt
1½ cup warm tap water
1½ cups flour
50gm ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp. cooking oil
Kindyglitz Dimensional Paint - White
1. Combine the salt and warm water in a bowl, stir well before adding the oil.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir until combined. The spices make the dough turn brown like gingerbread and give it a delicious smell. (If you want to make coloured dough, leave out the cinnamon and nutmeg and make a plain dough instead)
2. Add the liquid to the flour mixture a little at a time and keep stirring until it starts to clump together and form a dough
3. Turn it out on to a lightly floured surface and begin working with your hands. Keep kneading until the dough comes together and feels like soft plasticine. Depending on how it feels, you may need to add a little more water or flour just to get it right
To make coloured dough, take the plain mixture, divide it up and add food colouring to each. You might want to wear disposable gloves for this as the food colouring can stain your hands. It's also a good idea to work on a non-porous bench top or mix in stainless steel bowls. Keep kneading until you have even colours. If the dough starts getting sticky from the liquid food coloring, add a little more flour as necessary.
When your cinnamon or salt dough is ready store it in the fridge for about half an hour in tightly sealed containers, or in plastic wrap. Keep sealed until you're ready to use.
4. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough, you may need a little flour on the board to prevent it from sticking. The thinner you roll it, the faster it will dry. Cookie cutters make cutting the shapes easy and a drinking straw can be used to create holes for hanging
Place the shapes on to a biscuit tray lined with baking paper. These go into a very low oven, only 120 degrees celcius, to 'dry' rather than 'cook'. Don't be tempted to use fan force or turn up the temperature as the dough needs to dry slowly. They will take around six hours to harden and dry depending on their thickness
5. Remove the shapes and cool on a baking wire before decorating. For this, Kindyglitz paints are ideal, they look just like icing! Once dried, thread thin ribbon through the holes and your shapes will be ready to hang on the tree