This year for our tree, I wanted to be a little bit more ambitious and mature about our theme. Since I could remember, our tree had always been a modge podge of old ornaments from childhood. We wanted a more cohesive look–this is a house of learned doctors, after all. I took on the huge undertaking of making a cookie-themed tree. Of course you can’t use real cookies as they would mold and attract all sorts of life forms (babies included). All I did is search for a salt dough recipe on pinterest–I would link, but I actually used a different recipe for each batch to test them all out. I did use a color combination from one of them, Lorjean’s to make it more cookie-like.
It’s pretty tough to work through–you have to knead it for a good 20 minutes before it starts taking a good cookie-like consistency. Be warned that the salt makes it very grainy, and it will not be quite as smooth as real cookie dough.
Roll it out to be about 1/4″ thick. I used a pair of chopsticks, one inverted, on both sides to be a guide. Unlike normal cookies, its best to make these thick, as they will become fragile and break after baking.
Using my Christmas cookie cutters, I cut out shapes as I would normal cookies. Using a straw, I made a hole in the top of the ornament so a string or hook may go through. Baking will need time, as it is at low heat, 200-250, for anywhere from 2-4 hours. It really isn’t so much baking, as it is drying out the moisture from the cookie.