Salt-dough Or­na­ments

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³₄ to 1 cup wa­ter, room tem­per­a­ture 1 cup iodized salt 2 cups flour

Mixed leaves, berries or green­ery Cookie cut­ters Drink­ing straw

1. PRE­HEAT OVEN to 200°. With a spoon, mix ³/4 cup wa­ter, salt and flour un­til the dough is fairly stiff and not too wet, adding more wa­ter as needed. 2. LIGHTLY FLOUR A SUR­FACE. Knead dough by hand, adding more flour as needed, about 5 min­utes. Dough should leave an in­den­ta­tion when pressed with a fin­ger. 3. FORM DOUGH into a disk; cover un­til ready to use. 4. FLOUR A SHEET OF WAXED

PA­PER; place dough on pa­per. Flour the top of dough and place a sec­ond sheet of waxed pa­per on top. Roll out the dough to 1/4-in. thick­ness. Re­move top sheet of waxed pa­per.

5. MAKE A PAT­TERN with leaves, berries or green­ery by firmly

press­ing into dough. For leaves, use the un­der­side.

6. USE COOKIE CUT­TERS as de­sired to cut shapes out of the dough, re­mov­ing the ex­cess. Make a hole at the top of each or­na­ment by press­ing a drink­ing straw into the dough; lift the straw out, re­mov­ing the dough to form a hole. 7. PLACE THE OR­NA­MENTS on a parch­ment-lined bak­ing sheet. Bake un­til they are hard and dried out, 2-3 hours or more. (High hu­mid­ity may re­quire more bak­ing time.) Re­move to a cool­ing rack and al­low to dry com­pletely. 8. STRING A RIB­BON or dec­o­ra­tive twine through the hole; knot the rib­bon or twine.

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