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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
How do I make a Christmas cookie ornament that will last for years (assuming it isn't droppedicon_smile.gif Can I use my regular cookie recipe?
Can I use royal icing or should I use some type of paint/glue mixture?
Thanks!
post #2 of 25
I'm just about to look this up myself. From what I remember as a kid, it was called a salt dough, but I could be wrong.
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by cheatize

I'm just about to look this up myself. From what I remember as a kid, it was called a salt dough, but I could be wrong.



Salt Dough it is! I don't have a recipe, but I do have an ornament my mom's best friend made for me for my first Christmas, and I just turned 32! icon_eek.gif If they are kept carefully, they will last a long, long, long time.

Have fun!!!
post #4 of 25
I make these every year with my kids. My tree is all homemade ornaments from over the years. I have found that a recipe that uses cornstarch works better and lasts longer. I have misplaced my recipe but I will search for it and post it.
post #5 of 25
Here is the recipe I use.

You will need:
1 cup Corn Starch
2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water
In a large saucepan mix corn starch and baking soda. Add water and stir until smooth. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is the consistency of slightly dry mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and cover with a damp cloth. When cool enough to handle, coat hands and surface lightly with corn starch and knead until dough is smooth and pliable.
Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with holiday cookie cutters. To dry, place on a baking sheet in a 250 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until hard. For best results, allow to cool and brush loose powder off ornaments before painting. Makes about 16-20 ornaments.


Good luck!
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you!
How do you decorate them? With Royal Icing or with paint?
I want to do detailed houses, to look like the homes my husband & I grew up in.
thanks for your responses!
post #7 of 25
I paint all mine with craft paint. I still have some that are 11 years old. If you store them in a nice dry place they will last forever.
post #8 of 25
Ingredients
Playdough is a classic childhood toy everyone can have fun with, and it's so easy to make at home you'll never buy that stinky store variety again.

Basic ingredient ratios:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
scented oils
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks,
just to clarify...
Do you still flood the cookie, let it dry, then detail it with craft paint in something like a squeeze bottle?
(Sorry, this is my 1st time, I would like it to still look like a decorated cookie)
post #10 of 25
I do not flood them with anything. I cut out each cookie and bake them according to whatever recipe I use. I then let them cool for a full day and then I just paint them as if they were wood or porcelain ornaments. HTH
post #11 of 25
Applesauce Cinnamon Ornament Dough
Equal amounts cinnamon and applesauce.
You can add a little white glue for stretchiness.

Roll the dough out or press with hands until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick. Let dry naturally or dry in dehydrator, I decorate with fabric paint pens.

The scent will last for at least 3 years.
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post #12 of 25
I love the applesauce ornaments. I am going to make new ones with my kids on Monday as they have no school due to hunting day. I have some of these that are about 6 years old that still smell. You can also add glitter to the dough before rolling them out to add some sparkle.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by 7yyrt

Applesauce Cinnamon Ornament Dough
Equal amounts cinnamon and applesauce.
You can add a little white glue for stretchiness.

Roll the dough out or press with hands until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick. Let dry naturally or dry in dehydrator, I decorate with fabric paint pens.

The scent will last for at least 3 years.



Wow - this just took me back! I'd forgotten that I had made these several years ago. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!! icon_smile.gif
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post #14 of 25
Thread Starter 
the applesauce dough, you just use applesauce and cinnamon in the recipe?
Can you cut the dough out with a cookie cutter?
Any ideas on how to make the decorated part look more like a cookie?
Thanks!
post #15 of 25
Sorry about that, my grandson likes to push the keyboard keys.

Yes, just roll out and cut with cookie cutters.
I like to put ground allspice, nutmeg, and clove in to replace part of the cinnamon just because they smell good (and I don't use as much of the others in daily cooking so it helps them not get stale.) I can get those quart jars for $4 or less.

They look like gingerbread, so we just decorate them like gingerbread cookies.

Try a Google image search for cinnamon ornament, and there are a lot of ideas there.
These look like frosted cookies (scroll down one) - http://www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Schools/Holiday-Crafts-from-our-Festive-in-a-Flash-Cooking-School-Shows
Outlined - http://www.myanonymousblog.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/12/10/img_3791_2.jpg
Stained Glass cookies - http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/stained_glass_cookies/
'Sugared' cookies - http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejeanprimitives/2127168694/
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