Our Best Ever Play Dough Recipe
We tested every variation you can imagine in our kitchens during this pandemic, and here's the recipe that came out the winner.
Small Batch Ingredients:
1/2 c. all-purpose flour + 1tsp. or more all purpose flour
1.5 tsp. cream of tartar
2T table salt, dissolved in hot water
2 tsp. liquid coconut oil
1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
100mL hot water
4-5 drops essential oil (optional)
Jars to Store Play Dough (like these or reuse baby food jars, play dough jars, or beauty containers)
Measure 1/2 cup of flour and 1 1/2 tsp. of cream of tartar into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a silicone-edged paddle attachment. Turn it on the lowest speed.
Measure salt into the pot on the stove.
Add 100 ml of water to the pot, and turn on medium heat. Whisk to mix. As water begins to boil, whisk again vigorously to dissolve as much salt as possible. There will still be some undissolved salt in the bottom of the pot, and that's okay. Bring water to a rolling boil.
While water is coming to a boil, measure 1 tsp. glycerin, 1+ drops of food coloring, 2 tsp. liquid coconut oil, and 4-5 drops of essential oil (if using) into your liquid measuring cup. Whisk until combined.
Add boiling water and salt mixture back into measuring cup, and whisk until all wet ingredients are well combined.
With the mixer still on the lowest speed, pour wet ingredients into the bowl. Use a silicone spatula to scrape salt residue into the mixing bowl.
Play dough should begin to look like frosting. Turn the mixer up to a medium to medium high speed and begin adding 1 tsp. of flour as needed until the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl. Stop the mixer and check dough for stickiness. If it's sticking to your fingers, continue adding flour 1 tsp. at a time. Recheck often until you've reached a soft, pliable texture.
Play immediately or store in a jar with a tight fitting lid.
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