Cooked Play Dough

When I was a little girl, I loved playing with play dough, but my mom rarely bought the commercial stuff, and I hated the feeling of salt dough on my hands. Then we were given this recipe and all was right in my play dough world. Now, my boys love it too, and we make it often.  

This play dough has a nice soft texture and keeps well if stored properly. Scroll past the recipe for a simple tutorial to help you make this if you have never made a cooked play dough before.

First, the recipe:

Now, onto the tutorial

Put all ingredients (except food coloring) into a medium saucepan and mix well. It will look about like a pancake batter.

Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly. It will begin to look lumpy. Keep stirring and cooking.

It will start to look even more lumpy, but you are not there yet. Keep cooking and stirring.

The dough will start getting very difficult to stir and will come together in a ball on the spoon. When it reaches this point it is ready.

Dump the ball of dough onto waxed paper and let it cool until it can be handled. (Your pan will be pretty coated with cooked dough and you may worry that it will never recover. No worries- just get it right into the sink, fill it with water and let is soak. That stuff will come right off.)

When the dough is sufficiently cool, separate it into two or three pieces and flatten them out. Add the desired amount of food coloring to the middle of each disk.

Pull the dough up around the food coloring. (I do this to minimize staining on your fingers from the food coloring.) Knead the dough until the color is fully incorporated and the dough is nice and soft.

Store in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.