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Salt Dough Ornaments

There are a million recipes out there for these. Some things I found out.

The basic ratio should be 2 flour: 1 salt: 1 water.

Be sure to really kneed well. Otherwise you’ll be more prone to getting air pockets. Also, baking low and slow is best. 325 I was able to achieve no bubbles, but 350, was a mess. So ideally 325 or lower.

Roll pretty thin. I tried to make nice thick slabs, but again, those ended up being too thick and got bubbles when baked.

The best results I got were kind of accidental. I made the dough, then rolled them out and set them aside, but my husband was using the oven so they ended up sitting for a few hours on the cookie sheets waiting to bake. This seemed to help dry them out a little first.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Sift the flour and salt together.
  2. Slowly add in the water and mix until ready to kneed.
  3. On a floured surface, kneed dough for 10 minutes until well combined.
  4. Roll out and cut into desired shapes.
  5. Set on a pan. May allow to sit for several hours if you have the time.
    1. If you’d like to add hand prints or other designs into the dough, now is the time. If they dry out, it will become more difficult to get a crisp design in the cookie.
    2. Pierce a hole with a drinking straw. Or use wire (a cut paperclip) shoved into the top to hang.
  6. Place in pre-warmed oven. (325 F or less)
  7. Bake for 2-3 hours until mostly dry.
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About growingupkitten

I am a wife, a fur-mom, an avid reader, and a volunteer. For my grown-up work I'm an APRN at a local children's hospital. For fun I foster kittens and their mamas for a local animal shelter.

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