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Different Recipes For Homemade Edible Playdough - Simple Ingredients

Updated on January 30, 2012

If you are looking for simple homemade edible playdough recipes then you are in the right place. Here we will have a look at some of the best edible playdough recipes, we talk about ingredients and also give you an idea of some of the different types of edible playdough that are out there. If you want to make your own dough this page should give you some really good ideas on how to go about making your very own play dough.

As a child I used to love playing with playdough, the texture and smell of the stuff was almost good enough to eat, however, standard playdough is not meant to be consumed, although doing so would not cause any serious side effects, you probably would end up with a tummy ache. So that’s why over the years there have been various edible playdough recipes that have come out. Some of these are wheat free and all are easy to make.

Simple Edible Playdough Ideas

Peanut Butter

Seemingly one of the most popular recipes out there is peanut butter playdough. This is a very easy recipe using ingredients such as milk powder, honey, sugar and of course peanut butter. The recipe does not involve any cooking and only takes around fifteen minutes. It’s sensible to use smooth peanut butter when making this recipe but you can use the nutty one if you want something different. The only down side of this one is of course the fact that some children may have nut allergies, otherwise this is a great one to make with your children.


This is a very tasty one that is very popular with kids who have a sweet tooth. Using frosting mix, powdered sugar and peanut butter. This one again of course contains nuts and it needs to be kept in an airtight container if you want to use it again. This is another simple recipe that involves no cooking. You can mix this one up by buying different flavours of frosting.


A very popular one with kids, this is a dead easy recipe although the resulting dough is not always as good as some other recipes. All you need for this one is chocolate and corn syrup, you will need to melt the chocolate so this method takes a little longer than the other ones we have looked at. This is ideal for decorating cakes or simple making some tasty treats.


This one is a little more complex but still great fun. For the Jell-o playdough you need flour, salt, water, oil, cream of tartar and a packet of jell-o. This requires heating ingredients and a little more time but the results are very nice. This one is not overly good for you as it does contain quite a large amount of salt, but it’s still edible and good fun. You can mix up the colors and flavours by buying different flavours of jell-o.


This one is good because you can change the color of the playdough by simply buying different flavours of kool-aid. The ingredients are basic again, just things like flour, salt, oil, water, cream of tartar and of course your kool-aid. Again this one does contain rather a large amount of salt but as long as it is not consumed in vast quantities it’s still perfectly fine to be eaten.


This one is not overly tasty but it’s very healthy, no concerns with salt or sugar. The ingredient are simple and include oatmeal, flour and water. You can add a little sugar to sweeten or food coloring to mix things up a little. This is one that gives quite a thick consistency but is very easy to make and very healthy if kids are going to start chomping on it. Oatmeal playdough has to be one of the easiest recipes to follow.

Gluten & Wheat Free

In the world we live in today it is becoming more and more common for children to have allergies. Wheat and gluten free products have been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years. Playdough is no exception to the rule. The standard playdough you buy in the shops usually contains wheat so can be a problem for children. There are however wheat free homemade playdough recipes you can follow.

Wheat Free

This clever little recipe includes ingredients such as rice flower, salt, cream of tarter, sunflower oil and cooking oil. This one is totally wheat free so ideal for kids with allergies. This one does contain a large amount of salt so it may be an idea to switch the salt for sugar if you are planning to actually eat this. A handy little option that requires little time and effort.

Gluten Free

Another similar recipe that is ideal for kids with allergies is this one. Use rice flower, vanilla extract, cornstarch, salt, cooking oil and water. Gluten and wheat free this simple recipe is safe to eat and gives you a really nice playdough that is easy to mould and it cleans up nicely.

Make your Playdough Recipes Come Alive

As you can see there are various different edible playdough recipes. Most of these are very easy to make and only require simple ingredients found in most kitchens. The fact is though that you don’t have to simply follow a boring recipe. You can spice your playdough up somewhat. The most obvious way of doing this is to add food coloring, you can do this with pretty much any of these recipes. Why not make a few different colors and experiment. Remember to only use a small amount of food coloring otherwise you will stain things.

Another great way to make your playdough more interesting is to add glitter. However, if you do this it is no longer really edible. But you don’t have to eat the playdough. Most of these recipes will give you playdough that will last a few weeks. Keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and it should be fine. But sooner or later it will start to spoil.

If you are planning on eating some of your creations then why not add things like candy or chocolate. Mix in a few M&Ms or jelly sweets. Anything to make it a little more interesting a little bit more tasty. Although these recipes are all edible, some of them do not taste overly nice, so adding things may improve the flavour if you do want to eat the dough.

Playdough really is a fantastic creation that has been going for many years. The fact that you can make your very own playdough using simple recipes makes it even more versatile. Edible playdough is so easy to create and children enjoy making it as well as playing with it. Hopefully some of the ideas on this page will have proven useful and you can go and create some really good edible homemade playdough.


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