Easy Bakes for Children #3 Salt Dough Cookies

Salt dough is a super simple way to ‘bake’ some shapes with your children. Perfect to make and use cutters to make lovely decorations, ideal for a cheery Easter window, or before Christmas for tree decorations.

What you will need…. preheat the oven to 120 degrees or gas 2

Measuring cup
Big Bowl
Jug of warm water
Baking tray
Biscuit /play dough cutters
Toothpick/something to make a hole with


1 cup of table salt
4 cups of plain flour
1.5 cups warm water


Pour all the ingredients into the large bowl. Mix well until very dough like. Tip out onto the work surface and knead it for a few minutes until it is all combined.

The dough will look like this before you start kneading it together

Flour a surface/table and roll out to approximately 1cm thickness

Use cutters to make shapes out of the dough. Place on a baking tray with a centimetre between each.
ADULT – use a cocktail stick or straw to make a hole big enough to thread some string or ribbon through so you can hang them.

Make small holes to make it easy to hang the shapes

Bake in the oven for 2 hours, the turn over and cook for a further 2 hours until hard. (they should now be a pale cream colour)

This is how they will look when you turn them over before recooking.


These salt dough shapes are perfect to decorate with any paint, glue, glitter, sticky on eyes etc. They are great as you can leave them overnight and make it a 2 day activity!
When you have finished decorating, leave them to dry overnight (handy to use a cake cooling rack!) then ideally (an adult) can varnish them before threading some string or ribbon through and hanging them in your windows, or christmas tree – or anywhere really!

Happy Baking, Love Jodie


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