Puffy Gingerbread Ornaments RECIPE

If you are looking for a no fail, easy to make, puffy baked gingerbread ornaments recipe I’ve got you covered. This is a great recipe that will produce beautiful Christmas ornaments for kids to decorate.
Puffy Gingerbread Ornaments Recipe - This play recipe works as a playdough recipe or classic Christmas craft for kids for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade. Makes a great keepsake or diy, handmade ornament; kid made Christmas present or gingerbread decorations

This recipe for puffy gingerbread ornaments is amazing!


First it smells wonderful and will fill your home with the smell of Christmas.



Then you get the enjoy beautiful puffy gingerbread ornaments that are not to eat, but to decorate and hang on your tree for years and years of enjoyment.



Puffy Gingerbread Ornaments

Gingerbread Dough

Mix all ingredients to the following recipe and chill dough for 3 hours to overnight.
  • 3 Tablespoons Shortening
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 – 1 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 tsp of Baking soda
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 3 1/2 Cups of flour
roll out chilled dough

Just roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface. Use cookie cutters to make seasonal shapes.
Note: You can press red hot as buttons and raisins or peppercorns as eyes if you’d like to decorate these ornaments more “traditionally”


Bake on parchment lined baking sheets at 350 F for 20 minutes.


decorate your gingerbead ornaments with puffy paint

Once they were cooled we used puffy paint to decorate them. This gave them a really nice polished look and was so much easier to work with than icing, paint or markers! You many also consider varnishing them for durability.

Puffy Gingerbread Ornaments Recipe

My 4 year old was so proud of our Gingerbread Ornaments.
Honestly, my favorite were these trees that we just swirled the “icing” on.

Puffy Gingerbread Ornament Recipe


  • 3 Tablespoons Shortening
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup water
  • 1 tsp of Baking soda
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 3 1/2 Cups of flour

Mix all ingredients together and chill dough for 3 hours to overnight. Roll out and use cookie cutters. Place on greased or parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Allow to dry thoroughly 1-3 days before varnishing and painting.


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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.