No-cook playdough

no-cook playdough

The Perfect Playdough

After a bit of experimenting with no-cook playdough recipes, I’ve come up with one that makes a lovely, silky dough that should last up to six months in the fridge.

I added a packet of jelly crystals, hoping that they would give the dough a bit of colour and scent. It didn’t work out as planned, and I still needed to add food colouring. But the jelly crystals make a beautiful dough, which is super soft and doesn’t dry out. And it smells faintly of jelly. Really, what more could you want in a playdough?

You will need:

2 cups of plain flour

1/cup of table salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

1 pack of jelly crystals (any flavour)

1 and 1/2 cups of boiling water (you might not need to use all of it)

2 tablespoons of cooking oil (I use rice-bran oil)

Food colouring or liquid watercolours


Put all of  your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) to a large bowl.

Mix the jelly crystals and your food colouring (or liquid watercolours) into the boiling water. This makes it much easier to add the colour, rather than trying to knead it through the dough later.

Add the oil to the dry ingredients. Then mix through the coloured-boiling-jelly-water, adding a little at a time.  When the mixture is a soft dough stop adding water and let it cool down a bit.

Tip the dough out of the bowl onto a bench and knead it for a few minutes. This will take some of the stickiness out of the dough, and make the playdough stretchy and pliable.

If the mixture is still too sticky, dusty with a little flour and keep kneading. If it is too dry, add a little water. I find the best way is to wet your hands, and keep kneading the dough. It usually doesn’t take much extra flour or water to get the mix right.

* I’ve been using my KitchenAid to make our playdough when we’re in a hurry. Just pop on the dough hook, add all of the ingredients, and put it on a medium setting for a few minutes. And it’s done!

** After playing with it, put the dough in an airtight container and store in the fridge.


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