3-Ingredient Edible Playdough

updated Aug 21, 2022
Valentine's Day
Edible Playdough

A simple mix of three ingredients creates a fun, stretchy confection that can keep your kids busy on a rainy afternoon.

Makes2 cups

Prep5 minutes

Cook1 minute

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Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: CC Buckley

Edible playdough is one of my favorite little recipes to have up my sleeve. A simple mix of three ingredients creates a fun, stretchy confection that can keep your kids busy on a rainy afternoon. It also makes a great gift (hello, classroom Valentines), and can be used in place of fondant for cakes or cookies.

Making edible playdough is so much easier than making traditional homemade play dough (no boiling!) and way less messy than homemade slime, which means older kids can make it themselves or you can crank out big batches for classroom treats. Here’s how to make edible playdough at home.

Credit: Joe Lingeman; Food Stylist: CC Buckley

Edible Play Dough: A Fun & Easy Classroom Treat

Beyond being great as a sensory play tool for toddlers, edible play dough is one of my favorite things to send to school as a classroom treat since it doubles as an activity. Just be sure to package it in small airtight containers or zip-top bags to keep it from drying out.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: CC Buckley

The process of making the playdough begins with melting marshmallows in the microwave. A little coconut oil (or vegetable shortening) keeps them pliable, and cornstarch thickens the marshmallows to playdough-like consistency.

After mixing up the playdough, add a few drops of your favorite food coloring, or divide the dough and make a few different colors. Red and purple have been our favorites for the classroom, but school colors would be a big hit, too!

Credit: Meghan Splawn

Edible Playdough

A simple mix of three ingredients creates a fun, stretchy confection that can keep your kids busy on a rainy afternoon.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 1 minute

Makes 2 cups

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 12

    large marshmallows (about 2 cups)

  • 2 teaspoons

    coconut oil or vegetable shortening

  • Food coloring (optional)

  • 8 to 10 tablespoons

    cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Place 12 large marshmallows and 2 teaspoons coconut oil in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until the marshmallows puff up slightly, about 30 seconds. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired and mix well to combine.

  2. Add 8 tablespoons of the cornstarch and stir until a thick dough forms. Carefully remove it from the bowl to the counter — the dough may still be warm, so use caution. Knead by hand, adding more cornstarch a teaspoon at the time if needed (up to 6 more teaspoons), until no longer sticky but still pliable. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

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