I hear it all the time, "I used to make bread dough ornaments with my family!". Nothing puts a smile on my face faster because that's how our business began 35 years ago. I love making ornaments and know you'll have a great time creating them at home with your family and friends.
- 2 Cups of Flour
- 1 Cup of Salt
- 1 Cup of Water
- Food Coloring
- Measuring cups
- Powered mixer with dough hook attachment
- Rolling Pin
- Cookie Sheet Pan
- Baking Spray
- Cookie Cutters
- Beads, Buttons, and Glitter
- Drinking Straw (we'll explain)
- Clear Glossy Spray
1. Mix flour + salt + water in powered mixer with dough hook attachment for about 5 minutes.
2. Add flour or water as needed, you want dough to feel smooth and elastic. When it's ready, it will pull away from sides of the mixing bowl.
3. Knead the dough on a flat surface. Once it looks similar to pizza dough you're ready to roll!
4. For different colors of dough, divide the dough into separate pieces and knead in food coloring until you get the color you want!
5. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a large, flat surface like you would with a pizza crust. If the dough is sticking to your hands it needs more flour and a little more kneading.
6. Just like you would with sugar cookies, cut out your shape with a cookie cutter.
7. Place dough on cookie sheet pan, I spray mine with Pam baking spray to keep dough from sticking.
8. Using a drinking straw, cut a hole in the top of your ornament so you can add a ribbon later for hanging it on the tree.
9. Decorate your ornaments with glitter, beads or whatever you like!
10. Bake for 2-3 hours at 250 degrees.
11. If you want your ornaments to look shiny, get a clear glossy spray from any craft store and spray them after baking. *This will take several coats.
12. Add a ribbon and hang it on the Christmas tree!
Let's get mixing!
Toss all of the flour, salt and water into a mixing bowl. You'll want to use a dough hook attachment (like what you would use for making bread). Turn your powered mixer on low at first to avoid getting a face full of flour!
Let the mixer do the work. Do NOT stick hands or spatulas into bowl while mixer is turned on. When the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl on its own, forming a round pizza-dough-like shape it's done mixing.
You can make the dough all one color or divide it into sections if you'd like multiple colors to play with. Add the color to the dough and begin kneading it. For vibrant colors using a heavy-hand when adding the food coloring.
Roll out the dough into a large flat surface that's less than 1/2" thick. Use any cookie cutters and start cutting out your ornament's base. Carefully place the dough on a cookie sheet pan, I spray mine down with Pam baking spray beforehand.
Don't forget to use a drinking straw to cut a hole in the top of the ornament so you can put a ribbon in it later and hang it on the tree.
After decorating your ornaments, put them in the oven and bake for 2-3 hours at 250 degrees. They should slide off the pan easily once done. If you'd like your ornaments to look shiny, spray them with several coats of a clear gloss spray from any craft store. After they dry, they're ready to hang on the Christmas tree!
You'll want to save your bread dough ornaments for years to come and the best way to do that is by wrapping them in tissue and storing them in a plastic bag.
What's your favorite memory of making bread dough Christmas ornaments with your family? Tell us in the comments below!