Edi-Dough {aka Edible Playdough}

Who says you can’t play with your food??? We had so much fun making, playing with, and eating this playdough! This was an activity I did with my first graders when we were exploring the life cycle of a butterfly and I decided to try it out with Big Brother this year. He enjoyed learning about butterflies (especially since our butterflies are currently in the “chrysalis” state), but would rather just stamp this “edible playdough” with cookie cutters. Oh, and it’s really yummy (I should know, I hate A LOT of it). :)

It contains LOTS of peanut butter, so be careful if you have someone with peanut allergies around. I’m wondering if you could use SunButter instead? If anybody tries it out, let me know!

The Recipe:
Half of an 18 oz. jar of creamy peanut butter (9 oz.)
3/4 cup nonfat dry milk
3 Tablespoons honey
1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl.
2. Mix together and check the consistency. If it is still too sticky to handle, add more dry milk. You should be able to roll it in your hands with very little sticking to them.
3. Get started playing! Little Brother stared eating it right away (surprise, surprise).
Add M&M’s for decoration!
Use letter cookie cutters to stamp letters into the dough.
Evidence of a mess = Fun was had by all!

Store in an airtight plastic container and refrigerate (I’m not sure if you really have to refrigerate, but since it has dry milk in it, I think it might be a good idea).

*I linked up to ABC & 123 Show-and-Tell! and Make and Do @ The Amazing Mess!


  1. Funny you posted this! I've been thinking of making peanut butter play dough for weeks now! I'll have to use some m&m's too! Love your blog and all your ideas :)

  2. I wonder if the dry milk is necessary? I was thinking of trying it with homemade almond butter & honey. What do you think? And I think store bought Sunbutter or almond butter would work.

  3. Kristy,

    Without the dry milk, it would be a stick gooey globby mess. It's the dry milk that gives it the consistency that can be handled. I found my box of dry milk near the evaporated milk in the grocery store.

    You might check out soy milk powder if you have dairy allergies.

  4. I was thinking of using almond flour instead of milk powder. If you can have it cocoa powder or carob powder might be a good substitute. I also saw a place that used ground flaxseeds (flaxmeal). A safe for you protein powder may also work.

  5. To Anonymous
    You can actually purchase powdered rice milk online, do a search. While it is pricey, it is well worth it when your allergy child can enjoy this playdough too!! :). If you find it online but they require a minimum purchase, please email me and I would be happy to order more! ~ Kelley. ([email protected])

  6. Kristy,
    Using almond flour would be worth trying, it sounds like a good substitution! Using flaxmeal or protein powder (especially rice protein powder) would have too strong of a flavor that would be unappetizing. I'm also thinking cocoa & carob might be too strong given the recipe amounts. But I love your almond flour idea…might be the best option along with powdered rice milk!

  7. Hey! I am thinking of trying this out for a craft day with my little ones at church and I was wondering… How much does this make? And could the recipe be doubled?

  8. It probably makes enough for 3-4 kids (if each has just a small section). Yes, it can easily be doubled! Just use a full jar of peanut butter and double the other ingredients accordingly. :)

  9. Your website is incredible! I love how you are so hands on with your kiddos. What a great recipe! :) I found you from Money Saving Mom.

  10. My recipe for peanut butter play dough uses one cup creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup honey and 2 cups icing (powdered) sugar. I found you need to add the sugar a little at a time and work it in until play dough consistency. You may not need the full 2 cups. And indeed it is edible!

  11. Is there a valid substitute for honey? My daughter has not been cleared to eat honey by her pedi.

  12. Hmmm…not sure about that one. You could try something with a similar sweet and sticky texture.

  13. I made these with my six year old today! What fun and she got to practice patterns by repeating the pattern on one wing on the other. Fun and delicious!

  14. I am having all 5 of my grandkids next month for the first ever Nana Camp…two (almost) 7year olds, 2 four year olds and a 2 year old. I think this is a perfect activity to do on the back patio! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  15. I remembered this post as I was making meatballs and saw my son copying my motions. So I whipped up a little (1/3 recipe) Edi-Dough, and he had a blast! Don’t worry, I was very careful about cross-contamination, lots of handwashing. :)

    1. It comes in a box…you should be able to find it near the cans of condensed and evaporated milk. There is not an alternative that I know of.

  16. I make edible playdough this way usually, but I also tried almond butter, maple syrup and dry milk and it tasted like old-fashioned maple candy!

  17. When our children were in Kindergarten, 40 yrs. ago, they made Holland Honey Balls. That had the same ingredients as the Edible Play Dough recipe!! I believe I still have the recipe as we made them several times since and rolled them in crushed cookie or corn flake crumbs!! I sent your newsletter on to CA to my kids and my daughter wrote: HOLLAND HONEY BALLS!! Yum! Yum!!

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