Super Fragrant NO-COOK Gingerbread Play Dough

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One of Miss G’s favourite holiday activities last year was making play dough gingerbread people.  Our little bin of simple materials kept her happily engaged for hours and her cousins loved it just as much as she did, so there was no doubt in my mind that we’d do the same thing again this Christmas.  

Last time, we used Small Potatoesstovetop gingerbread play dough recipe, and the dough was amazing!  The only trouble is that since being in Kuwait, I’ve tried a couple of previously used cooked play dough recipes, and for some reason or another, I haven’t liked the results as much as I normally do.  Perhaps the flour is slightly different here, or maybe I’m just not great at operating a gas stove, or maybe it’s something else – I don’t know…

What I do know, however, is that our favourite ever no-cook play dough recipe has been turning out perfectly every time.  So why not stick with a good thing and adapt it just as I did to make our super yummy smelling vanilla mint play dough, right?  Right.

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Using our usual play dough ingredients, plus a few gingerbread staples from the pantry, Miss G and I whipped up a no-cook gingerbread play dough that is not only super soft, but super fragrant too {it truly smells heavenly}!  Here’s how we made it…


Super Fragrant No-Cook Gingerbread Play Dough

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of table salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (found in the spice aisle)
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses (black treacle here in Kuwait)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of glycerine (readily available in the first aid section of drug and grocery stores)

Place all dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Add wet ingredients and give the mixture a quick mix, banging off your whisk every once and a while.  At this point, your mixture may seem too wet and sticky, but resist the urge to add more flour.  Leave the semi-mixed dough on the counter to cool.  When cooled for about 10 minutes, dump the mixture out and knead really well.  The dough’s texture will continue to improve as it cools and is kneaded.

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Then it’s time to play!  I usually give Gracen a rolling pin, a gingerbread person cookie cutter, and some little trinkets from our craft bins – googly eyes, buttons, ribbon pieces, beads, etc., but there is no wrong way to play.  ☺

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4 thoughts on “Super Fragrant NO-COOK Gingerbread Play Dough

  1. A friend made this for our kindergarten/ preschool co-op class today. It’s awesome! Glad you shared this recipe and ideas.

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