We made these salt dough apples one day after we pulled out our Fall decorations. We had made salt dough pumpkins two years ago and they are still in great condition. So, we decided to make some more decorations with salt dough!
Salt Dough Apples
We used a variation of this recipe from The Imagination Tree for our salt dough:
1 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water
Mix together until combined. We added a little more flour because the dough was a little sticky to work with. Once nice and mixed, we added red food coloring. And then a bit more flour because of the moisture from the food coloring made it sticky again! I’m thinking gel food coloring would work a little better for the consistency.
Roll the dough out and cut with a cookie cutter. We used a pumpkin cookie cutter for our apples and it worked just as well.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the dough cut-outs on a sheet of aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. Bake the cut outs for 2 hours.
When we made our pumpkins, we didn’t add color. Rather, we painted them after they were cooked and cooled. With our apples, they didn’t need any painting, they were just right as is!
Be sure to poke holes in the bottom of the dough before baking. This allows the dough to bake flat and not rise. Maybe it rises more with self-rising flour? I forgot to add the fork holes on our apples and they puffed up. You can see how flat the pumpkins are compared to our apples in the bottom picture.
We’ve been using our Salt Dough Apples for decorations, pretend play in our play kitchen, patterns with Little Guy and Big Sister, and counting. We’ll keep these little cuties with our pumpkins and pull them out year after year!