No need to catch the Gingerbread Man when you can create your own gingerbread creche! Kids of all ages will love making this edible centerpiece. Pair up this 9-piece cookie cutter set with your favorite recipe and let the baking begin! Cutters range from 1 1/4″ (Baby Jesus) to 9 1/2″ (triangle for stable) tall. Ornamental frosting tips with reusable bag are included with this seasonaL favorite.
Here’s a way to double the fun of your Nativity Cookie Cutters: use them with a salt dough recipe so children can create their own lasting Nativity set! Imagine how much fun they will have not only making it, but carefully unwrapping the pieces for display Christmas after Christmas! Definitely one of those things that grows more precious over the years. We have included a salt dough recipe below. Once they are baked and cooled, kids can use acrylic paints on the figures to give them lasting color, and then add the appropriate baubles for the finishing touches!
Salt Dough Recipe
2 cups plain flour (not self-rising)
1 cup fine-grained plain salt
1/2 cup water at room temperature
Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl and then add the water. Knead the mixture for about five to 10 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic. Cover with cling wrap to keep the dough from drying out, and let the dough sit for 30 minutes before using.
You have a choice of air drying or baking your project in the oven. Air drying is suitable for flat, small pieces. Oven drying is the most popular method and requires careful attention to accurate temperature control to avoid burning.
Bake for approximately two hours at a low temperature setting: 50-70 degrees Centigrade for the first half-hour, then increase temperature slowly to 90-100 degrees Centigrade and cook until the piece is uniform in color.
If any air bubbles appear while baking, pierce the bubbles with a pin and gently depress the dough. If the dough starts to darken before cooking is complete, cover with a piece of aluminum foil.
The dough is cooked when it’s hard and sounds hollow when tapped. Turn the oven off and leave the salt dough in the oven until cool.