Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments

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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?!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, salt and spices.
  3. Then using a mixer, slowly add the water and mix until everything is fully combined and you end up with a loose ball.
  4. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and shape it into a ball.  Then flatten it into a circular disk…I like to do this before rolling because it’s much easier to roll the dough when it’s flat.
  5. Lay out a sheet of parchment paper, and place your disc of dough on top of it.
  6. Then using a regular rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.  Tip:  If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, I will lay a piece of parchment paper over the dough then roll it out.
  7. If you want to emboss the dough with an embossed rolling pin, now is the step to do that.  Remove the top sheet of parchment paper if you’re using one.  Then smooth out the dough with one last sweep of the regular rolling pin.
  8. With your embossed rolling pin, use a bit of force as you roll over the dough, pressing the rolling pin down firmly into the dough as you roll it. And move quickly or the dough will stick to it
  9. Now using your cookie cutters, cut out the dough into shapes.
  10. Keep rolling out the small scraps of dough and make more ornaments until all of the dough is used.
  11. Lay your ornaments out onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  12. Using a straw or the end of a chopstick, make a hole somewhere on the ornament so it can be hung.  Tip:  the hole will close in a bit as it’s baking, so make it larger than you think.
  13. Then flip over the ornaments and lay them FACE DOWN on the cookie sheet.  (See tips)
  14. Bake at 250 degrees for about 2 hours.
  15. After baking you will likely notice that your ornaments may 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.
  16. Run a piece of ribbon or twine through the hole and hang!

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