Toby was excited to make salt dough ornaments again this year (last year we made gluten-free ornaments during a playdate). After our Polar Express hot cocoa activity, Toby was ready to write off cocoa powder as being “yuck” …so I decided we would scrap the entry level stuff and just save our Godiva hot cocoa powder #afflink for any future ingestion.
So, what to do with several cups’ worth of cocoa powder no one in our house enjoys? I suppose I could’ve given it away, but we decided to try our hand at making cocoa powder ornaments. This is an adaptation of a salt dough recipe I’ve used before.
Cocoa Salt Dough Recipe:
- 1 c. cocoa powder
- 1 1/3 c. flour
- 2/3 c. salt
- 1 c. water
- Combine all dry ingredients, mix well. Add water; blend until well combined.
- Roll out onto flat surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer to baking sheet.
- Poke holes for hanging with the end of a chopstick.
- Bake at 275 F for 30-60 minutes per side, or until dried.
- Minimize cracking by leaving the ornaments in oven to cool.
So, there you have it. These ornaments have held up pretty well so far. I’d say they’re a bit brittle, but maybe that’s just because Toby dropped several on the wood floor and they broke. Can’t expect them to be unbreakable, right?
You can either thread ribbon through the holes or just use the metal hangers… your choice! We hung them on the tree with our popcorn garland!
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