I made salt dough instead of actual cookie dough and it works so well that I don't want to stop! There creative possibilities are endless!
Salt dough is easy:
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
3/4 cup of water
Knead thoroughly until the mixture forms a smooth, firm dough. You may have to adjust the water or flour a tiny bit to get it right.
This is the recipe for a plain white dough. I really wanted a gingerbread cookie appearance so I dumped in a pile of cinnamon, ground cloves, all spice and mace. All the good ones. Now my ornament dough is a golden brown and smells terrific!
Rolling out the dough is easy but you will need to do this on a floured surface just as with any other rolled dough.
The thickness is really up to you. I made mine pretty thin then began to cut out the shapes.
Heat the oven to somewhere around 100C (200F) or is it 100F (200C)? I can never remember. Whatever is the lowest setting on your oven will do it. Some recipes may say a higher temperature however, I found the higher setting made the ornaments puff up. (Yes, I turned the oven up because I was being impatient.)
I didn't bother timing them either. (living dangerously again!) I just kept an eye on them. It took around 20mins and you need to turn them halfway through!
By this time, I was late to pick up the munchkin from nursery.
I decided to get in the car, get munchkin, then drive over to Hobbycraft to get paint. Fatal error. I ended up finding all kinds of really cool stuff to make these ornaments!
I got some more of those wooden shapes (like the reindeer I put on the candles), some rubber stamps, paint, glitter pens, gingham Christmas tree shapes.... and on and on!
Here are some of the results.
The only problem is I need to make more to use all the bits I bought!