Must Try Homemade Playdough for Christmas

Activity for ages 3 to 6.

These homemade playdough recipes are perfect for Christmas! They’ll have little bakers whipping up batch after batch of delicious smelling treats.  Chocolate, candy cane, sugar cookie, orange clove, and egg nog dough – they all smell so real, even I was tempted to take a nibble!

5 Must Try Christmas Playdough Recipes!! {Playdough to Plato}

For most of the dough we simply added extracts and spices to this wonderfully smooth and squishy One Pot Playdough Recipe.  The recipes below make enough dough for 2 children to play.

Awesome Homemade Playdough Christmas

For each recipe, simply add all these ingredients to a pot, mix until all the lumps are gone, then cook over low heat, stirring often.  The dough will start to thicken and pull away from the sides.  I turn off the heat once the dough thickens but is still a little sticky, and allow it to cool in the pot.  Once cool, the stickiness disappears and the dough can be kneaded before being handed off to my 2 very eager bakers.

Sugar Cookie Dough

1 1/2 cups of flour

6 tablespoons of salt

3 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon maple extract

1 1/2 cups of water

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Egg Nog Dough

1 1/2  cups of flour

6 tablespoons of salt

3 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

a drop or two of yellow food color

1 1/2 cups water

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Orange Clove Dough

1 1/2  cups of flour

6 tablespoons of salt

3 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1-2 teaspoons of orange extract or several drops of orange essential oil

1/2 teaspoon cloves

orange food coloring

1 1/2 cups of water

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Chocolate Dough

1 1/4 cups of flour

1/4 cups of cocoa powder {unsweetened}

6 tablespoons of salt

3 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups of water

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Candy Cane Dough

1 1/2  cups of flour

6 tablespoons of salt

3 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1-2 teaspoons of peppermint extract

1 1/2 cups water

red food color

For the candy cane dough add all the ingredients except the food color to a pot and cook on low until the dough thickens.  Once the dough is cool remove half ,  add several drops of red food coloring, and knead until uniformly colored.  For a vibrant red, gel food dye works better than liquid color.

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Both my 2.5 and 5 year olds played with the dough nearly non-stop for a week.  We were cookie making, cupcake decorating, candy cane rolling machines and the house smelled delicious!

Super squishy homemade playdough for Christmas.

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1 Comment

  1. Melanie

    I don’t find cream of tartat where I live. Is there an alternative, or could it be left out altogether?

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