No Cook Play Dough Recipe

We've been using this dough recipe for years and it is my absolute favorite recipe; the dough is incredibly silky smooth! All the details on how to make this fantastic dough are below, or head to the very bottom to snag a free print out of the recipe. You can also check out some of our favorite dough tools over in our Amazon shop.

Supplies & Instructions

2 1/2 C flour

1/2 C salt

1 T alum*

2 T vegetable oil

1 1/2 C boiling water

Food color

*alum can be purchased in the spice aisle but is much cheaper on Amazon.

-Add the flour, salt, and alum to the bowl and mix

-Add the oil to the mixer and mix

-Measure out the boiling water and add food coloring to the water

-Slowly add the boiling water while mixing.

Don’t go by how it looks, touch the dough. It will usually look sticky but not wet (swipe to see what I mean). If you touch it and it doesn’t stick to your finger, pull it out and kneed it. If it’s a little bit sticky still pull it out and kneed it. As it cools it will not be sticky.

If it is clumped in a dough ball it needs more water. This type of dough will dry out super fast. If you find your dough like this (at any point), add boiling water in small increments while mixing until you have a good consistency. When you fold and kneed the dough, it should feel like a fluffy marshmallow and have some stretch (when it’s warm)

Store in a ziplock bag or air tight container.

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