Gingerbread Play Dough

My kids love play dough! Unfortunately I don't like the smell of the kind that you get at the store. Something they put in it makes me want to gag. For a long time I didn't let my kids play with play dough. Then one day I found this gingerbread play dough recipe and another no cook play dough recipe. 

gingerbread play dough

We have been making homemade play dough now for the last 5 years. It is so fun and versatile. I am sharing a cooked version (that uses cream of tartar) today.  It is a great basic recipe that really feels a lot like the kind that you buy at the store-minus the.  If you have the extra time and happen to have cream of tartar, this recipe can't be beat.

Mix dry ingredients together

gingerbread play dough cooking

Once it has cooked on the stove for 1-2 minutes, it will form a ball like this


Gingerbread Play Dough

1 c flour

1/4 c salt

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ginger

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cloves 

1 c water

2 Tbsp vegetable oil



1.Combine all the dry ingredients together in a saucepan and mix everything together.

2. Set pan on the stove and pour in in the water and vegetable oil.

3. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly

4. At first the mixture will look like a slightly lumpy cake batter. After about 1-2 minutes of constant stirring the mixture comes away from the sides and forms a ball.

5. Take it off the heat and allow it to cool in the saucepan for about 10 minutes. Then you can knead the dough until it forms a silky, smooth ball.

6. Now the gingerbread play dough is ready to play with!!!!!



This gingerbread play dough is so festive and smells amazing. Remind the kids that it isn't for eating. It might be confusing because the dough is dark and resembles real gingerbread dough. We like to get our gingerbread cookie cutters out and a mini rolling pin to make "cookies."

The kids had so much fun and the gingerbread play dough smell really put me in the festive mood.

We hope you like this gingerbread play dough.

TIP: You can also make this recipe and leave our the spices if you want plain dough. If you want to color it, make sure to add the coloring to the water before you mix it in with the dry ingredients.

If you make this gingerbread play dough take a picture and post it on Instagram #peachtreedr 


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