Counting Cookies (Simple Salt Dough Recipe)

Homemade Counting Cookies from a simple salt dough recipe. Great for early number skills and imaginative play. (mylittle3andme.co.uk)Learning to count can be great fun with these easy to make Counting Cookies.

They’re made from a simple salt dough recipe so they’re a really thrifty make; much cheaper and much more fun than simply buying a version from the shop. We’ve made a set of ten and each has a number on the reverse and the corresponding number of coloured treats for counting on the top.

They are very versatile and can be used in lots of different ways….for developing early math skills like number recognition and counting…for learning colours…for fantastic imaginative play such as baking, and make-believe tea-parties and picnics and I’m sure your little ones will come up with lots of ideas of their own too.

Homemade Counting Cookies from a simple salt dough recipe. Great for early number skills and imaginative play. (mylittle3andme.co.uk)

How To Make Counting Cookies

You Will Need:

For the salt dough

  • 1/2 large mug salt
  • 1/2 large mug water
  • 1 large mug plain flour

For Decorating

    • Round fluted cookie cutter
    • Fine paint brush
    • Acrylic Paint (We’ve got a great value set in our Amazon Associates Store, they’re great for all sorts of craft projects and the colours mix really well too. See the link below for details.)

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Homemade Counting Cookies from a simple salt dough recipe. Great for early number skills and imaginative play. (mylittle3andme.co.uk)

Method
  1. Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl and gradually add in the water until you have a smooth, firm dough. (You may not need all the water.)
  2. Roll the dough out to 1/2 cm and cut out 10 round shapes.
  3. Place the cookies on a large flat baking sheet.
  4. Use the remaining dough to make 55 little balls.
  5. Attach the little balls to the top of the Counting Cookies by pushing them gently into place. You can also try a tiny dab of water too if you like. Add 1 ball to one cookie, 2 balls to another, 3 to the next and so on up to 10.
  6. Bake the Counting Cookies in the oven on its lowest setting for 3 to 4 hours until fully dried out. It may need a little longer depending on the thickness of the cookies.
  7. Allow to cool and paint with your chosen colours. We painted the whole cookie a light brown first and then mixed up different colours for the sweeties on the top and used white for the numbers underneath. Remember to allow one side to dry before turning them over to paint the other side.
  8. You could varnish the cookies if you wanted or paint them over with PVA glue which will dry transparent.

Homemade Counting Cookies from a simple salt dough recipe. Great for early number skills and imaginative play. (mylittle3andme.co.uk)

 We hope you have lots of fun with the Simple Salt Dough Recipe and your own Counting Cookies.  Do leave us a comment, to let us know your thoughts about this activity. x

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Comments

  1. These are lovely – will be trying these out with my little ones :) great idea thanks :)

  2. I think making these would be as much fun as playing with them! What a great idea!

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      The kiddies did love making them and really enjoyed cutting out the felt pieces. Could have sat for hours doing it!

  3. I absolutely adore these! I’ve been meaning to leave you a comment for awhile now. I love that you salt dough to make the cookies. I was going to make some using wooden discs but this looks way more fun. Pinning!

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      Awww, thanks Sam. I like your idea of wooden discs too (I love wooden toys) but I wouldn’t have the skills or tools to cut them unfortunately. Your Rolling Pin Stamps are pure genius! Love them.

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