by Karen Swan

This is the quickest, easiest and most exquisite smelling salt dough I have EVER made!  I am thrilled with the results and my home is like a warm, cinnamon-y seasonal cuddle…..albeit with blazing Australian heat at the windows rather than snowflakes.

This mix makes a HUGE batch; enough for our advent spiral (where we light a candle every day from December 1st until all are a glow by December 25th – you can do only 4 candles as a smaller version – one for each Advent week).

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The dough air dries in around 24 hours and can be painted or left to its natural tones.  What starts as a rich brown, dries to a pale colour, but the scent remains true.  I think painting may mask it a little, but it’s worth a shot!  Actually, my plan was to paint our spiral, but I couldn’t get the spray can to work!

Fresh Cinnamon Dough MamaBakeEither way, it’s a lovely activity for kids and grown ups!

Ingredients:

(makes a BIG batch of dough)

2 cups plain flour

1 cup salt

1 cup ground cinnamon (I buy a HUGE jar from Costco which is fragrant and perfect for this!)

1.5 cups warm/hot water

Method:

Combine in a large bowl and mix well with your hands.  Breathe deep!  Sing Jingle Bells!

Knead the dough well.  Start to feel all Christmassy and jolly!

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Roll out and use shapes to cut our ornaments (remembering to poke a hole through the top for string while the dough is still wet!).

Lay out on a baking tray and let air dry until hard (about 24 to 48 hours)

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I guarantee you’ll be feeling festive in no time!

Merry Christmas!

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