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Microwavable Gingerbread Playdough

Gingerbread Playdough

Today’s Pinterest Project was inspired by the Gingerbread Playdough on SugarBelle.  She has some gorgeous pictures and ideas on making it into a wonderful gift for a child as well.

When I was thinking about making this instead of using the recipe on her site, I decided I would just adapt this recipe for Homemade Playdough.  I wanted to do something in the microwave instead of using the stovetop, and I make this Homemade Playdough all the time so I knew it would be easy to adapt.

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Microwave Gingerbread Playdough


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 4 Tbsp Cream of Tarter
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 4 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Tsp Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1-2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon


Start by mixing the dry ingredients and then adding in the remaining ingredients. Stir this until well mixed and microwave for 2 minutes. Take this out and stir it again then microwave for 2 more minutes. The cinnamon is what gives the playdough the coloring, so you will want to add enough to give it the desired color you are trying to achieve.

Let it sit to cool, and then kneed it and time to play!

This can be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to 6 months. Be sure not to omit the Cream of Tarter as this is what makes it last longer.


gingerbread playdough

We played with the rolling pin and made all sorts of shapes.

holiday playdough

Did I also mention this playdough smells really good!  Who knew playdough could actually smell good?

gingerbread playdough

Lots of fun with playdough, plus a great way to keep your kids entertained while you are baking!

gingerbread playdough

I am in love with this playdough, plus I love that it did not have that playdough stench.  I’ll be making this throughout the year, not just for the holidays.


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4 Responses to “Microwavable Gingerbread Playdough”

  1. Michelle R.posted December 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Hi! I’m SO excited to see a microwave version of this!! :) I do have one question – I’m making this to put in mason jars with a cookie cuter on top for gifts, and was wondering how much this particular recipe makes? How many cups? Do you happen to know?

    Thanks! :)



    • Kristyreplied December 15th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      This recipe filled up a large mason jar for me, I’d say about 4-6 cups but I’m guessing on that. I’ve never measured it out before since we are always playing with it immediately. :)

  2. Kristenposted December 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    TOTALLY making this if we get the impending bad weather!!! Also, loving the idea of putting it in mason jars with cutter for a gift. So cute!!! Happy Holidays!


  3. Marshaposted December 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I was wondering if it keep it shape if it does get hard when left out. Was thinking of making ornaments with it! Anyone know if this will work?


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