This apple pie playdough recipe will have you craving a slice of warm ooey-gooey apple goodness. With my oldest going off to kindergarten, I was not looking forward to the end of summer, but this sweet and spicy smelling apple pie playdough recipe had me looking forward to my favorite season before it was even done cooking.

It’s soft, squishy, and good enough to (almost) eat every time!  If you’re looking for something fun to do with your fresh dough, hop over and grab our playdough mats for endless fun!

Spicy Apple Playdough Recipe

For this delicious-smelling dough, I simply tossed all the ingredients of my favorite one pot playdough recipe in a large sauce pot and added a few apple pie spices.

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 3 cups of water
  • red food coloring

I whisked everything until smooth, then cooked it over low heat until the dough pulled away from the sides.  I always remove my pot from the heat when the playdough still has a few sticky spots as it will continue to cook as it cools.

Butter Crust Playdough Recipe

For the crust, I again used the delightfully squishy one pot playdough recipe.  Instead of spices, I added a dash of butter flavor and a bit of vanilla.

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon imitation butter flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 3 cups of water


To Play

While my kiddos were out at our neighborhood farmers market, I put together a pretend play farm stand where they could serve up homemade apple tarts, turnovers, and of course, apple pie warm from the oven.  Both my 3 and 5 year-old got right to work making apples to sell and use in their baked creations.
Adorable apple pie stand made with a homemade apple pie playdough recipe.

My 3 year-old, Q, rolled apple after apple, carefully adding a stem to each ball before placing in a basket.


After making a few pies, he turned his attention to selling apples, carefully counting out the correct number before handing them to the customers.

It was the sweet treats, however, that my 5 year-old, A, loved creating. She carefully chopped the apples covering them with a thinly-rolled, sweet, buttery crust before baking them. She made cinnamon apple tarts, warm apple turnovers, and of course, a classic lattice apple pie.  My mouth was watering!  This apple pie playdough recipe was a huge hit in our house!

Soft and squishy apple pie playdough recipe

Nothing says “autumn is here” more than apples and this warm and spicy apple pie playdough is the perfect way to welcome the change in seasons. Happy Fall!

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