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Easy Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe

This cinnamon salt dough recipe has only four ingredients and provides hours of family fun around the holidays. You can make salt dough ornaments in any shape and either bake them in the oven or let them dry naturally.

Cinnamon salt dough ornaments in various Christmas shapes

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Making Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

I’m always looking for ways to keep my twin boys busy during the holiday breaks, and making salt dough ornaments has become a tradition we all love. We could decorate a whole Christmas tree with our collection now!

Cutting Christmas shapes out of cinnamon salt dough

Ever since we made these easy salt dough ornaments, I’ve been looking for ways to put a new spin on things. That’s where the cinnamon comes into play.

These pretty cinnamon salt dough ornaments make great DIY gifts. They also have a rustic farmhouse charm. Let the kids go wild cutting their own creations, or get fancy and decorate them with pretty ribbons for grown-up Christmas decorations.

The best part is that you’ll only need four ingredients for this simple recipe: flour, table salt, cinnamon, and water.

Baking Tips for Cinnamon Ornament Dough

Cinnamon salt dough ornaments on cookie sheet before baking in the oven
  1. Drying options. You have two options for drying salt dough ornaments: baking them in the oven or air drying them. No-bake cinnamon ornaments take 4-7 days to dry depending on the thickness of your ornaments and humidity. Oven baking takes 1.5-2 hours.
  2. Saving your dough for later. If you’re not ready to use all of your dough, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 1-2 days.
  3. Ornament color. The bottom of the ornaments tends to be a darker brown after drying. Consider flipping the ornaments face down on a smooth cookie sheet to achieve a darker look. (You’ll see the difference in color in the next photo.) You can also add more cinnamon for a deeper color.
Various cinnamon salt dough ornaments shown with cinnamon sticks and cookie cutters

Enjoying Your Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

While making these ornaments, I was asked numerous times (by my children) whether they could eat the dough. The answer is NO, you should not eat the dough.

This cinnamon salt dough recipe does smell very enticing, but you’ll be sorely disappointed if you try tasting it. Instead, try adding some pretty ribbons to your ornaments and hang them on the tree.

Cinnamon salt dough ornament shaped like a Christmas stock and decorated with ribbon

I’d love to see your beautiful creations, so be sure to tag me on Instagram (@firstdayofhome) if you make this recipe!

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cinnamon salt dough ornaments in various Christmas shapes shown with cinnamon sticks and cookie cutters

Easy Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe

Author: firstdayofhome.com
This recipe for cinnamon dough ornaments only requires four ingredients and makes the perfect Christmas craft for kids and adults alike. You can create a variety of Christmas ornaments using this recipe. Choose a no-bake option (4-7 days) or bake them in the oven within hours.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Active Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Project Type Arts & Crafts
Cost (US$)10
Yield 20 ornaments

Equipment

Supplies
 

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Table salt
  • 3-4 tbsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Water (Room temperature)

Instructions
 

  • If you plan to bake cinnamon salt dough ornaments, preheat the oven to 250°F (121°C).
  • Mix all dry ingredients (flour, salt, and cinnamon) in a large bowl.
  • Gradually add water, and begin to knead the dough. Shape the dough into a ball.
  • Roll the dough onto a cutting board or countertop until it is 1/4-inch thick.
  • Cut shapes in the dough using cookie cutters. After cutting the first batch of shapes, you can roll the remaining dough out again and repeat the process until no dough is left.
    Cutting Christmas shapes out of cinnamon salt dough
  • If making ornaments, use a straw to poke a hole in the top of the ornament. You can also use a toothpick or dowel to create a smaller hole if desired.
  • Optional: If you'd like to imprint any designs on the dough, you can gently press leaves, stamps, or other objects onto the dough.
    Cinnamon salt dough Christmas tree ornament with imprint of evergreen leaves on front
  • Optional: For added decoration, sprinkle more cinnamon on the ornaments before drying.
  • If baking, place the ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven for 1.5 to 2 hours. For a no-bake option, allow the ornaments to dry in a cool, dark location for 4 to 7 days.
    Cinnamon salt dough ornaments on cookie sheet before baking in the oven
  • Add decorative ribbon to your ornaments if desired.

Notes

When making cinnamon salt dough with children, you may want to cover the work surface with a plastic tablecloth to make it easier to roll out the dough.
If you don’t plan to use the dough immediately, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
If you are having difficulty rolling out the dough, try chilling it for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my dough is sticky?

Add more flour and continue to knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.

Why do my ornaments keep cracking?

You may need to either add more water or create thicker ornaments if they crack when baking.

Can I bake them more quickly at a higher temperature?

Baking your cinnamon salt dough ornaments at a hotter temperature may result in cracking or unwanted browning. The goal is to slowly dry out the ornaments rather than truly “baking” them.

How long with these cinnamon salt dough ornaments last?

Salt dough ornaments can generally last many years or even decades if stored properly. The salt acts as a preservative to prevent the ornaments from becoming moldy.

Can I cut the recipe in half?

Yes, you can cut this recipe in half to make a smaller batch of ornaments.

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2 Comments

  1. Hello, I think the print pin does not work, trying to reopen the entire page instead of the format to print the recipe, again and again. (translated by Word, I hope you understand) The ornaments are beautiful and looks easy, thank you.

    1. Hi Ester. Thanks for letting me know! I was able to replicate that issue in my Safari web browser, and I updated some things on my end that I think solved the problem. You might need to “clear history” or “clear browsing data” in your web browser before you’ll see the change. Please let me know if this helps! Also, you might want to make sure you don’t have anything that would block pop-ups since the printable recipe will open in a new window. Thanks! -Crissy