Homemade Gingerbread Playdough

All Natural Homemade Gingerbread Playdough

Let your kids ‘bake’ alongside you with Homemade Gingerbread Playdough — it looks, smells, and feels just like the real thing!

This looks, feels, and smells just like the real thing!

All natural gingerbread playdough is easy to make in your own kitchen!

Today sharing one of my favorite things…homemade playdough! I’ve made it countless times for my girls when they were young, but this time, instead of the multi colors I usually make, this one has a warm, spicy holiday vibe. And speaking of the holidays, this is the time of the year when so many kids need a little something to keep them busy during the seemingly endless wait until the big day. This looks, feels, and smells just like gingerbread dough and it’s positively therapeutic. So even if you don’t have kids or grand-kids, you might want to check it out…

Homemade Gingerbread Playdough All Natural Homemade Gingerbread Playdough

This homemade gingerbread playdough is made with lots of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and other warm holiday spices so it smells as good as it looks. The dough takes just minutes to make, but if you’ve never made it before you might be surprised to learn that it’s cooked in a saucepan. A little water and oil is added to the dry ingredients and it’s all cooked briefly, just until it comes away from the pan and forms a ball. A few seconds of kneading and it’s ready for play!

All Natural Homemade Gingerbread Playdough
3.25 from 16 votes

Homemade Gingerbread Playdough

Author Sue Moran


dry ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom

wet ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  • Put the dry ingredients in a medium saucepan and whisk to combine.
  • Add the water and oil, and stir together.
  • Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball in the center, a silicone spoon works really well for this. It will look lumpy, but don't worry.
  • Turn the warm dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead it a few times until it is smooth and not sticky. Lightly flour your hands if necessary.
  • Store the playdough in an airtight baggie or container.
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    Sarah DeKeyser
    December 18, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Have you tried baking this or letting it harden to make ornaments?

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    December 14, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I haven’t had much luck with homemade playdoh recipes, but this one is awesome! It turned out so good and my 3 year old has been playing with it for hours. Thanks!

    • Reply
      December 14, 2017 at 8:59 am

      I’m thrilled to hear this Lesley, I loved playing with it myself!

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    Lynda D Krop
    December 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Cam this recipe be multiplied for bigger batches?

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      December 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      I don’t see why not, but it’s pretty big as is. You might want to do it in separate batches just for practicality.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 5, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    This is genius, Sue. I just need to borrow some kids (or wait for some grandkids 😉

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 4, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Very cool! I need to try this for my grandson 🙂 He loves the kitchen!

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    December 3, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    oh II bet this playdough smells amazing. I need to make a batch so I can play with it, sounds like a perfect activity this holiday season.

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I have a few little friends who would LOVE this! Pinning!!

    • Reply
      December 3, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Chris I was SO thinking about you!!

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