Peanut Butter Playdough

Peanut Butter Playdough (Or, how to make an edible, snail-riding, snow woman.)

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Peanut Butter Playdough Recipe

Have you made peanut butter playdough with your kids yet?

It’s so quick and easy, which is a good thing since it is often requested in our home. We first made it after seeing this edible playdough post on Make and Takes several years ago and have made it regularly since. In fact, I think we’ve made peanut butter playdough three times in the last two months!

The kids make “food” with their edible playdough. Kinda funny, but the food in question was spaghetti and meatballs, hot dogs, hamburgers, and cupcakes.

And they make faces and people.

And a snail-riding snow woman. (We recently watched both The Neverending Story and um, I’m blanking on the name of the other movie we watched that had a snail as steed. Help me out someone? It’s a newish movie about a forest fairy world…)

I thought I’d share our favorite peanut butter playdough recipe as well as some recent pics of the playdough in action.

Peanut Butter Playdough for Kids

Peanut Butter Playdough Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup honey (just enough to make it stick together)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl with an electric mixer. It’s as easy as that!

Note: We’ve tried a number of variations on the peanut butter playdough, sometimes including a cup of powdered milk in place of a cup of the powdered sugar, sometimes adding cocoa powder for a more chocolate-y experience, etc, but we usually come back to this basic recipe.

However, the lovely ladies at Kids Activities Blog recently shared that you can mix peanut butter with marshmallows for a tasty, two-ingredient edible playdough. I haven’t exactly shared that newsflash with my kids yet, because I know I wouldn’t hear the end of it until we went to the store for big, puffy marshmallows and made the stuff. I won’t hold out forever, but I’m keeping that one up my sleeve for a special treat.

Peanut Butter Playdough for Kids

Once the peanut butter playdough is mixed together (usually by the kids), we divide it out between the number of children in the house at the time, placing each ball of dough on a clean plastic placemat, and let them go at it.

Peanut Butter Playdough for Kids

Sometimes they just make things with the playdough itself, sometimes they include pretzel sticks (ever since we made peanut butter pretzel nests, they think pretzels should usually accompany peanut butter playdough), sometimes toothpicks, raisins, mini-chocolate chips, etc.

Peanut Butter Playdough

As for tools, a butter knife is sometimes handy. But mostly they like to use their hands. And the garlic press (for awesome spaghetti, hair, and just plain interesting designs).

(The bowl of spaghetti and meatballs above was made with a peanut butter playdough recipe that included both powdered milk and cocoa powder, btw.)

Peanut Butter Playdough for Kids

They love modeling with the peanut butter playdough AND they love eating their peanut butter playdough creations. Even the snail-riding snow women.

Peanut Butter Playdough for Kids

Have you made peanut butter playdough? Or another edible playdough recipe?  Please share your experience, favorite recipe, link, or ideas in the comments!

P.S. For those families with peanut allergies, here’s a list of 10 edible playdough recipes on Family Corner, many of which don’t include any nuts.

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    eileen
    February 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Jean,

    I make something called “Mudballs.” Fun to mold with and very healthy!
    Ingredients: 1 cup creamy peanut butter
    1/4 cup dry skim milk
    1/4-1/2 cup honey
    1/2 cup carob powder (sold in health food stores)
    Optional: coconut shreds, granola or puffed cereal

    To prepare:
    Mix all ingredients in bowl. Use hands to make a ball. Break off small pieces to make shapes; snakes, letters, etc.
    Roll mudballs in optional ingredients if desired
    Put on large sheet or in a pan to chill for a few hours. Enjoy!
    Eileen

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      February 26, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Thanks, Eileen! We’ll give your mudballs a try! :)

  • Reply
    katie
    March 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I believe the movie you were referring to is Epic. Anyway…forgot about this recipe and we are expecting more snow this weekend . We might need to make, play with and eat soon! Thanks.

  • Reply
    maegan
    August 24, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    can you use regular flour? or would that make it unsweet?

    • Reply
      Hannah Leslie
      August 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      Hi maegan, flour can be toxic when not cooked, I would use oats instead to give it a cool texture

  • Reply
    Desiree Ladd
    September 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    How long will the play dough stay good for?

  • Reply
    Dani
    November 7, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Not happy. Very crumbly.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      November 9, 2018 at 5:42 am

      Hi Dani – You can adjust the ingredients to make the peanut butter playdough work for you. For example, if you’re using a softer, runnier peanut butter, you can add more powdered sugar or powdered milk. If you’re using a stiffer peanut butter, you can add more honey and less dry ingredients.

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