Monday, December 9, 2013

Spiced Coffee Dough Recipes

Lately, we've been diving into some sensory play by making our own play doughs and spending more time with sensory bins. The other day, my husband brought home my first gingerbread latte of the season and I just knew that we had to try to make some dough with this wonderful scent.   We ended up making two types of coffee dough - one was lighter in color and the other had more of a mocha tint to it.

Our white coffee dough used:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup used coffee grounds

For our darker, spiced coffee dough we used:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup brewed gingerbread coffee
1/2 cup used gingerbread coffee grounds
The steps for making both doughs were basically the same.  First, we mixed the dry ingredients together with a whisk.  Don't mix in the coffee grounds at this time because it clumps with the flour.

Depending on whether you want to make the lighter dough (with an antique stone finish) or the darker dough, add in 1 cup of water (for the light dough) or coffee (for the dark dough).  I found it best to stir this in with a spoon and then start mixing with my hands.  After the dough had started to form, I added in the coffee grounds and kneaded the dough together to get the consistency I wanted.
If the dough is too sticky, add some flour.  If your dough seems crumbly or dry, try dipping your hands in water and then working with the dough until you get the texture you want.

We loved the scent of the spiced dough and had a wonderful time using it with the cookie cutters to create Christmas cookies and then decorating them with beads and buttons.

Come back tomorrow to see how we turned our coffee dough into beautiful ornaments for the Christmas tree!

If you're looking for other Christmas crafts and activities, please check out the Christmas section of our Kids Crafts page!  You can also find ideas on our Christmas with Kids Pinterest Board and by following us on our Facebook Page.

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