Tasty Ornaments to Make in Your Slow Cooker
Decorating is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Whether you're icing homemade cookies or garnishing the walls with garland, expressing your artistic side with a bit of holiday flair is a fun way to spend time with friends and family members who want to get in the holiday spirit.
Instead of using store-bought ornaments to adorn your tree, use your slow cooker to prepare one of these edible doughs that can be sliced, shaped and then strung from your Christmas tree.
1. Malleable Salt Dough for Creatives
For the artist in your family, try this simple salt-based formula. The dough you create can be easily molded and transformed into a variety of seasonal shapes, so encourage your loved ones to get as creative as they please when whipping up this concoction.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, then when the dough is well-blended, start pinching off pieces to create shapes. You can use cookie cutters as stencils, or encourage your loved ones to create their own designs using less conventional tools. Keep your ornaments flat, however, as you'll need to flip them while they're cooking. Use a toothpick or chopstick to poke a hole in each ornament (at least 3 mm thick), then place each piece at the bottom of the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker on high and cook the ornaments for two to three hours, flipping one time in the middle. Tie with festive ribbon and decorate as you wish!
2. Cinnamon Dough to Spice Up the Room
If you're using a real tree for your holiday celebration, odds are your home is filled with the pungent aroma of pine. Spice up the scents by adding ornaments crafted from cinnamon, a seasonal favorite that will keep your family smiling as they open their holiday gifts. For this scented version, add 2 tablespoons cinnamon to your salt dough, and follow the same directions.