My first memories of making gingerbread ornaments was in my early 20’s, my first time out on my own, and in need of a cheap way to decorate a tree for Christmas. As I got older I would make large gingerbread men and woman to stand on shelves as Christmas decor. I think it was popular in the late 80’s. You know when mauve and country blue were in style? Wow I’m really dating myself. I would make a batch every Christmas the scent of cinnamon filled the air and put me in a festive mood.
Why you need to make these ornaments: It’s easy to do, they smell amazing, they look charming sitting on a shelf or used as garland on a tree. And if you have kids or grandkids they love to make them.
- 1 C of flour
- 1/2 C of salt
- 1/2 C of cinnamon
- 3/4 C hot water
- Add all ingredients into a bowl and use a stand mixer to mix until everything is incorporated. Lightly dust your hands with flour and knead by hand until the dough forms a ball. Put wax paper on your countertop, place dough on top, cover with wax paper and use rolling pin to roll out dough to 1/8"-1/4" thick. Cut with cookie cutters of your choice. Let ornaments air dry for 24 hours. If you want to add a string for hanging use a drinking straw to make a hole before the ornament is completely dry. Paint with acrylic paint for embellishment.