Sugar Cookie Play Dough (an Easy Taste-Safe Recipe)

Easy, Gluten-Free, Taste-Safe Play Dough - Playing with Play Dough

Three Ingredients, One Delicious Play Dough

Ready for the easiest one-bowl, no-cook, taste-safe play dough recipe??

I wasn’t. I wasn’t prepared for how easy play dough could be.

Here’s what you will need:

  • A can of vanilla frosting
  • Corn starch
  • Water

That’s it!

My blogging bestie Emily from the Sandbox Academy just introduced me to this amazing Sugar Cookie Play Dough recipe, and it is an instant keeper.

Read the full instructions below, and print off the recipe for when you need a fast and fun activity!

How do you make Sugar Cookie Play Dough?

The instructions for making Sugar Cookie Play Dough are about as easy as the ingredients list.

You’ll need:

  • One 16-ounce can of vanilla frosting
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Combine the frosting, one and a half (1.5) cups of corn starch, and water in a large bowl. Mix together until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated and a ball begins to form.

Pinch a small bit of dough off the ball to check its texture and consistency. If the dough feels too sticky, add in the additional corn starch two-ish tablespoons at a time and checking to see if it’s firm enough as you go.

Continue to knead together until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

Once the dough is soft and pliable without sticking to your fingers, you’re ready to play! I used this dough for our Valentine’s Cookie Cutting and Decorating activity, but will definitely use this recipe any time I need a quick activity for my littles.

Store the leftover dough in a zippered baggy at room temperature for up to three days. Make sure you check its integrity before each round of play, just in case.

Note 1: You could definitely make this even faster in the bowl of a stand mixer, if you like.

Note 2: So far, I’ve only tried this with the fluffy marshmallow frosting as I somehow ended the holiday season with three extra cans of it. All three times, I needed the full two cups of corn starch to get it to the right texture.

Note 3: If the dough ends up too dry or dries a little bit after a day of play, knead in warm water a teaspoon at a time to add a little more moisture back in.

Note 4: This is an amazing play dough recipe for anyone who has a kiddo with a gluten allergy since most play doughs involve flour! (Pass it on! They will thank you! :))

Printable Sugar Cookie Play Dough Recipe

Sugar Cookie Play Dough

easy, edible, three-ingredient gluten-free play dough

  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups corn starch
  • 1 tbsp water
  1. Combine frosting, 1 1/2 cups corn starch, and 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl.

  2. Knead gently until all ingredients are incorporated.

  3. If dough is too sticky, add additional corn starch to mixture a couple tablespoons at a time until dough reaches a soft, pliable feel.

  4. Store dough in a plastic bag at room temperature for up to three days.

Final Thoughts on Sugar Cookie Play Dough

“I’m in love! I’m in love! And I don’t care who knows it!”

No, but seriously. You have to try this recipe ASAP. It’s easy, fun, and a great starting place for tons of play dough activities.

Also, don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends who have littles with gluten allergies!!

Sugar Cookie Play Dough (an Easy Taste-Safe Recipe) - Playing with Play Dough

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