Kid: “Make Play-Doh cookies and eat them. Daddy likes little gingys with rainbows”
And so, that’s what we did. Well sort of. My little one is OBSESSED with Play-Doh. Thanks to YouTube, every time a new doll is brought into the house, she strips them naked of their doll clothes and creates Play-Doh clothing. Late the night before we had returned home after a long week on the beach where we tagged along with my husband during a conference. So the cupboards were bare and the laundry was stank. After a plethora of errands the little nugget is still rattling on about rolling the dough, making a momma gingy, daddy gingy etc, etc, etc.
Gingys = gingerbread men, Play-Doh = cookie dough, rainbows….= food coloring??? Sure. Why the hell not?
Of course there was no pre-made refrigerated sugar cookie dough on the shelf at Publix. Of course. We hit the baking aisle, and picked up a bag of dry mix. Could I have whipped one up from scratch? Possibly, but remember that mountain of laundry? It might be able to walk on its own soon but we all know it’s not going to wash, dry, fold and put itself away.
We prepared the package exactly as instructed. Then added in a half a cup of powdered sugar for desired “Play-Doh” consistency. Flour or cornstarch can be used as a substitute, but powdered sugar tastes better.
We separated the dough into quarters.
Then added food coloring 4 drops at a time until desired color.
The dough became soft so I put it into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Then I gave a hunk of each color to the cutie pie, along with a pile of tools and let her go to town. No joke, this kept her busy for 45 minutes, giving me time to work on meal prep for the week. Do you see the level of concentration going on here?
I rolled out the remaining dough into sheets and stacked them. Next I rolled them into a log and twisted. Sort of a tie-dye effect but they came out pretty cute and baked up perfectly.
And after all that- only one was actually a “Gingy”
UPDATE: We have since made them a few times and our little buddy Levi also had a great time making them! Check out his awesome snail.
Use actual Cookie dough; do not feed your kids Play-Doh people.