This recipe for scented Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments is SO simple to make! Great for tree trimming and gift giving this holiday season. Did I mention how amazing they smell?!
This is one of those Christmas crafts that comes together so quickly and so easily! Use this gingerbread salt dough recipe to make pretty homemade ornaments for your Christmas tree, or give them to friends and family as gifts. Homemade is the best gift of all.
All the gingerbread men!
I have always wanted to make gingerbread ornaments to hang on my kitchen Christmas tree, so when I came across this gorgeous gingerbread man embossed rolling pin I knew exactly what I was going to do with it…use it to make Gingerbread Men Salt Dough Ornaments. Gingerbread men are the cutest.
These ornaments smell amazing!
I love the look and colour of gingerbread salt dough, but I also LOVE the smell of it! I have added a lot of cinnamon, ginger and cloves to this dough recipe because I wanted them to smell lovely, and they do! And let me tell you, when these are slow baking in your oven, your home will smell incredible…everyone will come out of the woodwork wondering what you’ve been baking all day. 😉
Embossed is fun, but not necessary!
You don’t have to use an embossed rolling pin to make these gingerbread salt dough ornaments…using a regular rolling pin and a gingerbread man cookie cutter is just perfect. But if you happen to have bought an embossed rolling pin and you’ve been waiting for just the right thing to use it for, then these ornaments are it! You can use any patterns to make these…anything works.
It’s all in the details!
And because the pattern in the dough are little gingerbread men, what better shape to use than a gingerbread man cookie cutter! I love the detailing in the little embossed men in the dough…so cute!
Perfection is not the goal!
When I cut out the little men, I just randomly placed the cutter over the dough…I wanted them to be rustic and fun. All of the ornaments look a little different and I love that about them.
Keep rolling rolling rolling!
Once you cut out your first batch of ornaments, you will be left with scrap dough. So press those scraps into a ball and start again…keep doing this until all the dough is used up. This recipe will make about 20 small-ish ornaments. Then line all the little men on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, press a hole into each ornament for hanging, then pop them into the oven for 2 hours at 250 degrees. So simple.
A tip for Gingerbread Salt Dough that turns white:
After baking you may notice that your ornaments might have a white tinge to them, that’s just the salt that rose to the surface during baking…it’s annoying but I have a fix for this! To get rid of this white, once the ornaments are cooled, rub them with a little bit of vegetable oil and they will return to their dark colour (see picture below for the before and after). Doing this also gives them a nice little shine. I actually don’t even mind how these ornaments look with the white texture…
Before (on the left) and After (on the right).
The finishing touches!
Once the ornaments are cooled and ready to go, tie on little ribbons or add ornament hooks so you can hang them on your tree. Look how cute they are!
Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe Tips:
Making a hole for hanging:
Use a straw or the end of a chopstick to make a hole somewhere on the ornament so it can be hung. You need to make the hole a little larger than you might think because it will close in a bit as it’s baking.
Why am I baking my salt dough ornaments upside down?
The side that faces down on the cookie sheet will be darker and that’s what you want. The side facing down will also likely have little to no white salt tinge.
Why are my gingerbread salt dough ornaments white?
After baking you may notice that your ornaments could have a white tinge to them, that’s just the salt that rose to the surface during baking. To get rid of this, once the ornaments are cooled, rub them with a little bit of vegetable oil and they will return to their dark colour (see picture above).
Why did my salt dough ornaments puff up?
This sometimes happens if the oven is too warm. I also have noticed this happens when the dough is a little more thick…some of the ornaments from the same batch, baked at the same temperature, puffed up and some didn’t…the ones that puffed were a little thicker than the ones that didn’t.
Can I air dry my salt dough ornaments?
Absolutely, it just takes more time for the ornaments to dry (hours and hours). The upside to air drying is that the ornaments won’t puff up. The downside is that I think they turn more white from the salt by doing it this way.
Why don’t my ornaments smell stronger?
Sometimes the smell of these may not be as strong as you’d like because either the ground cinnamon or ginger isn’t very fragrant. As well, the smell can fade over time. If they’re not as fragrant as you’d like, try adding a drop of cinnamon essential oil to the backs of the baked ornaments.
Tips for using and embossed rolling pin.
- If you are using an embossed rolling pin my biggest tip is to use a bit of force as you roll over the dough…press the rolling pin down firmly into the dough as you roll it. And move quickly or the dough will stick to it.
- If the dough sticks to the pin, just gather the dough together and make another ball and start over.
- You may need to clean off the embossed rolling pin, but DON’T use water. Just rub the rolling pin, or use a brush, to get rid of any dough that may be sticking to it.
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Have a Very Merry Day!