Candy Cane Play Dough


No Bake Candy Cane Playdough

Making, instead of buying, homemade playdough gives you the chance to infuse it with a wide variety of colors and scents. Not to mention the ingredients in homemade playdough are much safer than what can typically be bought in the store.

Microwave Peppermint Playdough

This Microwave Peppermint Playdough is a fun and festive treat for the holidays that your kids will love!  You can also make this on the stovetop but I found this recipe makes for an easy cook and easy cleanup with just one bowl and one spoon to dirty! It is smooth, silky, and pliable

Candy Cane Peppermint Play Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • ⅓ cup of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Cream of  Tartar
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Red food coloring

Candy Cane Play Dough Directions:

Add all ingredients except for food coloring and peppermint extract to a microwave-safe bowl.

Stir to mix everything up well.

Heat for 1 minute, remove from microwave and stir well.

Repeat in 30-second increments, stirring thoroughly each time until the dough begins to solidify but is still soft and pliable. In the last couple of rotations, you will want to watch it very carefully.

Remove from microwave and allow playdough to cool until it is comfortable to touch.  

To make on the stove follow the same steps above, stirring frequently until the mixture pulls away from sides of the pan and sticks to spoon.

Divide in half, make a well in the center and add 1 teaspoon or more of peppermint extract to each. Add red food coloring to one half and work it in well, you may want to wear gloves for this if you don’t want red hands for the next couple days.

Soft No Bake Playdough Tips:

NOTE: The more you work this dough, the softer it will get. You can add a little more water as you work the dough if necessary.

Give your kiddos some Christmas Cookie Cutters and let them enjoy the afternoon making their holiday treats! You could even show them how to assemble the dough into a candy cane shape.

First, have them roll out a bit of dough in each color. Next, twist the two colors together so that they overlap like a candy cane. Once you have the colors overlapping, you can then form it into the traditional candy cane shape.

Store your playdough in a container with a tight-fitting lid, it should keep for a week or so, longer if you store in the refrigerator between uses. If you want to give the playdough as a gift, purchase some inexpensive glass jars and layer the colors of the dough so that it looks like a candy cane in a jar. You could even tie a pretty ribbon and attach a real candy cane to the outside of the jar.

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