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Coffee Dough

Updated on March 22, 2014

Coffee Dough, for Treasure Hunting Fun

Remember when you were a child and you liked to play in mud and dirt? Did you ever make a delicious mud pie and then leave it to bake in the sun? Did you ever break apart that pie once it had dried, and rediscovered the treasures that you might have mixed into the wet soil?

This is a great craft for kids who like to dig and explore, children who like to make mud pies, and find things for themselves.

This recipe will make a dough that dries hard, but is crumbly and easy to break apart.

This makes it great for making "rocks" with hidden gems inside, or even something like "Dinosaur Eggs" for our dino crazy little boys and girls.

With this dough, and a few plastic toys or costume jewels and you can have great party favors, or just something to keep a kid busy on a rainy day.


All photos (excluding images on any module links) on this lens were taken by Winona Morris or Robert Morris (her husband) é2013 to present


All you will need

* 1 cup of flour

* 1 cup of used coffee grounds (dried)

* 1/2 cup salt

* 1/4 cup sand

* water (3/4 of a cup to start but you may have to add more)

* mixing bowl

* small surprises to mold the dough around


* glitter to add some sparkle to your dough if you are making treasure rocks


I have not tried it myself, but I have heard that if you don't drink coffee you can call and ask the big chain coffee places (eg Starbucks) and they will save some of their used coffee grounds for you.

Making the Dough

It is really easy.

Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Slowly start adding your water, while mixing the dough with your hands. It is important to get your hands in there. You have to knead the dough as if it were bread dough.

When your dough is of a mold-able consistency it is done, and it is time to make your rocks or eggs with it.

After you have made your rocks or eggs you have 2 drying options.

You can let them air dry, which could take 2 to 3 days depending on how thick they are, or you can speed the process by putting them in the oven.

Bake them on a cookie sheet at 150 degrees for about 15-20. When you poke them they should not be soft to the touch anymore.

Dino DIY

Dino DIY
Dino DIY
Making a Dinosaur Egg
Making a Dinosaur Egg

Creating Rocks or Eggs

This is the Fun Part

Once your dough is of the right consistancy you can start making your Treasure Rocks or Dinosaur Eggs

To do that you take your treasure or dino and begin molding your dough around it, shaping it to cover all of the gift.

If it is a treasure rock you can make it lumpy and uneven. This i where you can add a little bit of glitter to the dough to make it sparkle, or just roll the finished rock in glitter to have a super sparkly outside!

If it is a dinosaur egg you can try to make it egg shaped and smoother.

End the end it doesn't really matter because they are made to be broken apart!

What's Inside? - Goodies to hide in your eggs or treasure rocks.

What Would You Like to Find?

If you were a child and had been given a "Treasure Rock" made out of coffee dough, what would you like to find in it?

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      very interesting.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Starbucks here in England often have big bags of used grounds by the counter for people to take home. Most people use it for composting, but this looks a great use. It saves Starbucks costs of garbage pick up, so everyone is happy (except UK taxpayers, as Starbucks has some very dodgy tax practices, but I take my revenge in used grounds).

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Interesting information about coffee grounds. Really beautiful lens with lots of interesting content. As a coffee lover myself I now know what to do with the... leftovers!

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      Edith Rose 4 years ago from Canada

      Very unique use of coffee grounds.

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      Jemjoseph 4 years ago

      This sounds like a great idea for young kids that love dinosaurs. I'm up for all ideas that will help keep the summer vacation interesting.

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      Jemjoseph 4 years ago

      This sounds like a great idea for young kids that love dinosaurs. I'm up for all ideas that will help keep the summer vacation interesting.

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      Jemjoseph 4 years ago

      This sounds like a great idea for young kids that love dinosaurs. I'm up for all ideas that will help keep the summer vacation interesting.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      And i thought used coffee grounds are useful only as fertilizer... We live and learn. And in this case we can have fun too! Thanks:)

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      This sounds like a whole lot of fun! I am thinking glittery golden bars with lottery tickets hidden inside in something that will protect them from the dough... will have to think about that one!

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      noner 4 years ago

      @marsha32: I would have never thought there was such a need for used coffee grounds. lol

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      oh this sounds like so much fun!!

      Our Starbucks does put the used coffee grounds in bags for you to take free. It's pretty popular for people to take them. I have a gift card so should stop in with my daughter, get drinks and see if they do have some out. Sometimes they do and sometimes it's already gone.

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      noner 4 years ago

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you for taking time to view and comment.

      I was very excited to be part of her list!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This sounds like a great way to hide treats for kids. I never heard of it before.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a wonderfully clever idea! Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on being featured in Bonnie's post, "20 Craft Lenses We Love."

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      noner 4 years ago

      @junkcat: Yep, and great sensory play for younger kids too!

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      noner 4 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: Yep, kids LOVE them, and having them hunt them down makes it even more fun.

      I've seen "science kits" in stores that are basically the same thing, gems or other items in a "rock" that they dig into until they find it.

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      junkcat 4 years ago

      Sound like an excellent kind of texture for kids to play with and create this artistically.