Perfect Edible Gingerbread Play Dough And Cookie, Too!

Perfect edible gingerbread play dough, and cookie, too - Stay At Home Educator

My friend Julia, who is a wonderful music teacher and a very accomplished cellist, recommended I try a gingerbread cookie recipe as a sensory play dough for preschoolers.  This recipe doesn’t have eggs in it, so that also makes it safe to nibble, even for babies who are close to a year and have an established solids diet.  As usual, I tweaked the recipe a bit, a habit of mine that my husband both loves and hates, but I loved the outcome.  This edible play dough/cookie recipe is smooth and non-sticky.  And best of all, the fun doesn’t end with the clean-up.  You can bake all the fun and decorate them, too!

The original recipe is from the Winnie-The-Pooh Cookbook.  The recipe below reflects my tweaks.

Edible Gingerbread Play Dough and Cookies, Too!
 
Yield: about 2 1/2 dozen 3 inch round cookies
Oven temp: 350 F
 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp powdered ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp allspice (for a bit of spicy bite)
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 lb (2 sticks) room temperature butter cut into cubes
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup dark molasses (for a nice robust flavor)
 
Sift the sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg together into a mixing bowl.
Work the cubes of butter into the dry ingredients with your fingertips or with a pastry cutter.  The latter is my preference.  When the butter is thoroughly worked in, slowly add the honey and molasses and stir until blended.  The dough should pull away from the bowl.  If there is an excess of flour, turn out the dough on a floured counter top and gently kneed until fully blended.
 
Then, it’s playtime!
 

Gingerbread play dough recipe that is edible - Stay At Home EducatorWilliam got right to work rolling out his gingerbread play dough.

Edible gingerbread play dough, safe for babies - Stay At Home EducatorAnd Corinne, too.  (Do you like the socks on the floor in the background?)  I love inviting my children to play with play dough.  It is excellent sensory play and even better for developing fine motor skills.

Edible gingerbread play dough, safe for young toddlers - Stay At Home EducatorWilliam and Corinne both cut out several “cookies” from their play dough, and ironically, my holiday set of cookie cutters didn’t include an actual gingerbread man, so they made lots of snowflakes, stars, ornaments, angels, rocking horses, and so on…

Edible gingerbread play dough recipe - Stay At Home EducatorDo you like the mixing bowl sitting on the floor in the background of this photo?  William had snatched it to scrape any remaining dough off the sides, and of course, left it on the floor…with his socks.

Once the kiddies are done playing, follow the remaining instructions to turn them into the most delicious gingerbread cookies.

Refrigerate for an hour, or longer if possible
Roll the dough out about 1/8 inch thick on a floured board or between sheets of waxed paper.  Cut it into the shapes of gingerbread men or other holiday shapes.  Bake for 12-15 minutes on a cookie sheet in a preheated oven.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for a minute, then finish cooling on cake racks.
 
Once completely cooled, use your favorite royal icing recipe to decorate.
 

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to Perfect Edible Gingerbread Play Dough And Cookie, Too!

  1. Cathy says:

    I’m new to this pintrest stuff. I think I left a message to someone who pinned your felt Nativity. It’s a great project. I teach toddlers at a Christian preschool. I’m going to make this for my class. You website is awesome I will be checking back often to see what ideas I can use in my classroom. Thanks for all the great ideas.
    Cathy

  2. Christy says:

    This was so fun! I especially enjoyed allowing my children to be able to eat a little of the dough. Thanks for sharing.

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