Make Soft Gingerbread Playdough in Minutes

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homemade gingerbread play dough

Looking for a fun kids craft to keep them occupied during winter break?

Consider making this homemade gingerbread playdough as a creative Christmas craft or activity. With basic pantry ingredients (which you likely already have at home) and a simple cooking method, the easy dough comes together in a cinch!

easy to make gingerbread play dough activity

We love this homemade playdough because of its buttery soft texture and delicious gingerbread scent. Break out your rolling pins and cookie cutters for some fun device-free entertainment for the whole family as both kids and adults will love this fun holiday craft project!

dry ingredients for gingerbread play dough

homemade gingerbread playdough gift in a jar

Hip Tips:

  • DIY gift idea: Place your finished dough in a jar and attach a little gingerbread man cookie cutter with some ribbon for a festive last-minute handmade gift!
  • Is this dough edible? Although it smells like yummy gingerbread, this dough is not meant for eating, nor would it taste appetizing because of the salt. However, I like how it’s safe for little hands and non-toxic just in case kids are tempted to taste it!
  • How to store the dough to keep it fresh: Place the ball in a sealed bag or container so it can last for a few days between play sessions.
  • Consider doubling this recipe for larger play dates. This recipe makes about 2 cups of dough so double the batch when more than 2 kids are playing.

mixing gingerbread play dough on the stove

molding gingerbread play dough with hands

rolling gingerbread play dough on a cutting board

Homemade Gingerbread Playdough


Supplies Needed

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water



In a medium saucepan, stir together flour, salt, cream of tartar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.


Mix in the water and oil, then stir until the mixture thickens like a batter.


Cook mixture over low/medium heat on the stove until a thick dough forms.


Place the dough onto parchment paper and knead until smooth. Each batch yields about 2 cups of soft, fragrant, gingerbread dough.

Though my kids have grown, we still LOVE playdough!

In fact, my 13-year-old willingly helped me make this batch and I could tell he was actually into it! We haven’t just sat down and played with playdough since they were little. Even as an adult, molding and working with the dough is oddly satisfying and stress-relieving, which we all need during the holidays. 😄

This recipe smells heavenly, is easy to make, and results in a super soft texture dough (which is even more of a treat when it’s still somewhat warm from the stove). Adding that little bit of oil keeps it from drying out so playtime doesn’t have to end. Enjoy!

rolling out gingerbread play dough on a cutting board

Try these DIY cinnamon Christmas ornaments with the kiddos!

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 10

  1. Grace

    Can this dough be baked to make ornaments or handprints?

  2. sne3103

    That looks good enough to eat 😂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ha yes agree!

  3. Katie

    I just tried this, and it was SO simple!! 🙂 Do you mind if I share this recipe on my own blog if I give full credit to Hip2Save? I would love to be able to share this as a post!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure, you can share one photo and link to us for the full directions – that’d be great – thanks so much!

  4. Cristina

    Is this dough edible?

  5. Mackenzie

    Does it need to be stirred while cooking? Stirring, or not stirring….which is better for getting the right consistency?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I would say stirring is good!

  6. R

    Excellent dough! Very soft. Easy to make. Smells delicious, which is a plus. It’s gonna make my classroom smell like Christmas. I think I cooked it for a little too long, so it’s a little crumbly. But that’s my fault. 10/10

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