Easy Edible Play Dough Recipes

Want to know how to make playdough and clay you can eat? These easy recipes will get you started.

Edible clay recipes are perfect for homeschool modeling projects or other edible crafts for kids. And when you have finished - you get to eat it!

Learning to make edible clay makes a great homeschool project. When you have made it you can let the kids imaginations go wild - knowing that any that gets put into little mouths is totally safe. Or make pretty shapes and place them in a jar to give as gifts. Perfect for the holidays!

Don't forget to let the children help you measure out the ingredients - it is a great way to sneak in a little math!

Homemade Edible Playdough Recipes

Here are my top edible play doughs for you to try. Click on a link below, or scroll down for recipes.

  • Peanut Butter Playdough

  • Kids Marzipan Clay

  • Chocolate Flavour Playdough Recipe

  • Colorful Sugar Dough

  • SugarPaste Play Dough

  • Marshmallow Fondant

  • Peppermint Playdough

  • Interested in other homemade playdough? Here is how to make clay and playdough

    More recipes? Here are my readers recommended recipes.

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    Peanut Butter Playdough

      2 cups peanut butter
      6 tablespoons honey
      Cocoa (optional).
    Peanut butter makes a tasty playdough that is great for edible treats.

    Mix together the peanut butter and honey. Slowly add the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. As the mixture gets thicker, you can begin to knead until you have a nice consistency.

    Add cocoa for a more chocolate flavour - and mix in raisins and candy for decoration.

    Put your edible play dough creations in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.

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    Kids Marzipan Clay

    Marzipan makes a nice change from a peanut butter playdough. It holds shapes well and your sculptures can be decorated with icing. Most marzipan recipes contain egg - but this is an egg-free version. (Still not suitable for those with nut allergies though! Scroll down for more recipes.)

      200g Ground Almonds
      100g Powdered Sugar/Icing Sugar
      1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
      2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
      1 Tbsp Cold Water
      1 tsp Almond Essence

    Mix the almonds and sugar together in a bowl. Mix the liquid ingredients together in a second bowl. Add the liquid to the almonds and sugar, and mix well.

    You can use your marzipan for modelling straight away, but it is better if you cover it and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.

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    Chocolate Flavour Playdough Recipe

    Who can resist chocolate? This edible play dough is for everyone!

      3 cups powdered/icing sugar
      3/4 cup powdered milk
      6 tablespoons cocoa
      1/2 cup soft butter
      1/2 cup light corn syrup

    Bring the butter to room temperature so that it is soft (slightly melted). Stir all the ingredients together, and work into a soft clay.

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    Colorful Sugar Play Clay

      Bag of Powdered/Icing Sugar
      Tepid Water
      Food Coloring

    This is a nice simple edible play dough recipe, but it is not as pliable a clay as the sugarpaste recipe below.

    Pour some icing sugar into a bowl and slowly add water (1 tablespoon at a time). Stir until you have a soft play dough.

    You can make separate colored batches of this clay by adding a drop of food coloring to each bowl before your add water. Or make up one large white batch, then divide and knead in the food coloring. This method gives you a pretty marble color effect.

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    SugarPaste Dough

      8 gm Gelatine.
      50 ml of room temperature water.
      50 gm Corn Syrup or Honey.
      450 gm Powdered Sugar/Icing Sugar.
      10 drops of light vegetable oil.

    This is a variation of the recipe that cake decorators use to make cake decorations. It should be wrapped in plastic wrap and left overnight before you use it.

    Stir the gelatine with the water in a pan. Place on a low heat until the gelatine has dissolved (don't overheat). Remove pan from heat.

    Add the corn syrup/honey and mix well. Then mix in the powdered sugar as much as you can. Mix in the oil, then knead the play dough on a sugared surface until it is smooth and silky.

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    Marshmallow Fondant

      4 cups miniature marshmallows (8 ounces)
      1 pound (500g) powdered/icing sugar (4 cups)
      2 tbsp water

    This recipe does involve some cooking, but tastes delicious.

    Melt the marshmallows with the water, either in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop. Stir regularly until the mixture is smooth. You can add color now, or knead it in later.

    Add the powdered sugar and mix as much as you can. Then tip out onto a surface dusted with more powdered sugar, and begin to knead in any loose powdered sugar. It will be sticky at first, but then will become a smooth dough.

    If you want to save your marshmallow fondant for later, wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge.

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    Peppermint Playdough

      1/3 cup softened butter
      1/3 cup light corn syrup
      1-2 tsp peppermint extract
      1/2 tsp salt
      1 lb powdered sugar/icing sugar

    This recipe tastes lovely - and is particularly effective if dyed green.

    Mix together the butter, corn syrup, peppermint, salt and any coloring. They need to be well combined.

    Add the powdered sugar and mix it in. Tip mixture out onto a surface dusted with more powdered sugar, and knead into a smooth dough.

    Store in plastic wrap in the fridge if not using immediately.

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    Now you know how to make edible play dough, I hope you have as much fun in your homeschooling crafts with these recipes as we do.

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