Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pinterest Friday, Christmas Edition: Cinnamon Dough Ornaments and Gingerbread Houses

In order to make some wonderful Christmas memories this week we decided to do some Christmas crafts with our daughter (our son is not old enough yet to do anything other then goo and squirm and put things in his mouth!).

We tried these two pins:

A Gingerbread house from the Food Network...
Picture of Gingerbread House Recipe

...and these beautiful Cinnamon dough ornaments from Martha Stewart.

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Our gingerbread house turned out like this:

gingerbread house

Pretty cute right? This recipe was awesome! The gingerbread was hard enough to make a really sturdy house, and was still spicy and delicious. This was a total win.

Our cinnamon dough ornaments on the other hand...not so much! They turned out just "ok."

According to the original pin, you should be able to make cinnamon dough ornaments using just three ingredients:


Yeah, so you can't really do that. Well you can, it will just be a total mess and not work very well. Our shark ornament dough got super gloppy and was impossible to roll out with a rolling pin. Then, while being transferred from the cutting board to the cookie sheet they crumbled.  And then they crumbled again in the oven while they were cooking. See?


We did end up with some wonderful smelling ornaments. About three of them actually made it, but they will in no way last until next year. They will be lucky to survive the next ten days successfully! They are sadly hanging on our tree.


After reading the comments on this blog post I discovered the secret: Elmer's glue. Apparently you need to add a bottle of glue to the dough in order for it to come together successfully and actually STAY together. Lesson learned! We'll try this again next year with the addition of the clue. 

Verdict: One win, one fail.


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