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Gingerbread Ornaments Kids Can Make

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Gingerbread ornaments for kids to make

This gingerbread ornament is perfect for little kids to make during the holiday season.

Amanda Rock
When you make gingerbread ornaments, you are combining two beloved holiday activities -- making Christmas crafts and baking Christmas cookies into one fun holiday tradition with your preschooler. One of my favorite things about this recipe (modified from a recipe given to me by my child's preschool teacher) is that it is very easy to make and it is very forgiving -- if you make a mistake, just roll up the dough and start again!

Working with dough is a great activity for preschoolers anyway. It helps them work their fine motor skills and it also is great for sparking their creativity. Using cookie cutters or even just their hands, they can make just about anything they want!

Once the cookies are made, you have a decision to make. You can keep them edible by using things like icing and sprinkles to decorate them, or, use glue and glitter instead and hang them from your tree.

No matter what you choose, gingerbread cookie ornaments make a great holiday gift as well as a festive decoration for your tree. Happy baking!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: approximately 12 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (all-purpose is fine, whole wheat flour just gives the gingerbread a nice, brown color; read more: Types of Flour)
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups warm water (you may need to increase this depending on the consistency)
  • 1 tsp. salad oil (any type of vegetable oil that you might use on in a salad dressing)
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles and/or other decorative elements
  • Yarn or ribbon (to hang)
  • Glitter glue or glue and glitter (for decorating, if you choose not to eat your ornament)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all of the ingredients. If the dough is too dry, add additional water to soften.
  2. Roll the dough out on a floured surface using a rolling pin. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes as you like, about 1/8" thick. One you are satisfied with the shape, use a straw to make a hole at the top.
  3. Place the unbaked cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes, using a toothpick to check for doneness.
  4. Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack before decorating, either for eating or not!

To decorate:
Edible: First off, decide if you'd like these ornaments to be edible or not. If you choose to eat them, have your preschooler decorate with icing and sprinkles or whatever else you choose. Keep in an airtight container until you are ready to eat!

Decorative: If you just want to use your gingerbread as an ornament, decorate with glue and glitter. Tie a piece of festive ribbon through the hole in the top and hang on your tree. If you want to dry your ornament out for use in the years to come, let it dry out completely for at least 24 hours. Then coat it with some spray varnish. Let dry and soon you'll have a precious keepsake from your little one! (Be sure to have him sign and date it first!) If you go this route, be sure to make it very clear to your preschooler that this type of ornament should not be eaten!

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