Edible Play Dough

Last updated: December 29, 2017
 This post was originally published on April 28, 2014

Today is such an exciting day!! I’ve been so eager to share our newest edible play dough recipe with you! It’s incredible, it’s edible, and it just so happens to be play dough (which will make you feel like such a fun mom!). Toddlers and bigger kids love playing with this. We’ve made it so many times now and my kids STILL look forward to when plan to make it again. You’ll never believe what this stuff is made of…

How to make Incredible Edible Play Dough

Edible Play Dough

When you think of edible play dough, what ingredients do you imagine? Will it taste sweet? Will it have flour? How soft will it feel? I can’t wait to show you….

Incredible Edible Play Dough

The secret ingredients? Frosting and powdered sugar! The two ingredients come together to make the softest, fluffiest, and coolest play dough you can make. You can use white frosting, like we did, or you can use colored frosting. Or, you can use food coloring!


  • 1 cup of pre-made frosting (vanilla or white)
  • 2 3/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • Tip: Colored frosting works too! Powder sugar measurements may vary depending on the brand and color of the frosting used. 

Tools Needed 

A simply sweet recipe for Incredible Edible Play Dough! Your kids will love this!

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Incredible Edible Play Dough recipe (2 simple ingredients)

Roll it into one big ball and make sure it is not crumbly or sticky. If, by chance, you added a little too much powdered sugar, don’t worry! We aren’t perfect! Simply sprinkle a little olive oil onto the dough and BOOM! Problem solved!

You Will Need

  • 1 cup of pre-made frosting (vanilla or white)
  • 2 3/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • Tip: Colored frosting works too! Powder sugar measurements may vary depending on the brand and color of the frosting used. 

Tools Needed


  1. Place the powdered sugar in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer
  2. Slowly add 2 cups the powder sugar to the bowl
  3. Mix on low speed
  4. Continually scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure all of the ingredients are mixing
  5. Before adding the last 3/4 cup of powdered sugar to the bowl, touch the dough to test the “stickiness” of it
  6. Add the remaining powdered sugar until the dough feels soft as opposed to sticky. NOTE: You might not need to use the remaining 3/4 cup of powdered sugar:)

18 thoughts on “Edible Play Dough

  1. Wow, crazy love this. If only I had seen this 6 years ago, lol. My kids would’ve loved this. There’s 9, 11 and 13 now though. My eldest likes to craft with fondant though so worth a shot. 🙂

    1. That sounds like it is definitely worth a try! Simply play around with the amount of powdered sugar and let me know!

    2. Yes you can use fluff. It is the same as melting the marshmallows. Use it all the time to make homemade fondant.

  2. I love your photography! Absolutely stunning! My daughter is a little young for playdough, but I’m pinning this for future reference. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Can you add gel food coloring to this? I had to ask…my kids love bright colors! Plus it would look like the other store bought stuff they play with already.

  4. i just love this play dough recipie amd many others of yours! thank you for revealing your secrets! this is going to be very helpful!

  5. I tried this with Duncan Hines frosting starter and it worked great! I added Neon food coloring after and the finished product was awesome and very tasty. 🙂 if you use food coloring you have to work it in a bit until the consistency is right. It starts out a bit sticky once you add it but comes out great! I wish I could post a pic!

    1. It will stay soft until you put it in the fridge. It will harden in the fridge, but then take it out and it will become soft again once it reaches room temp. Simply add olive oil if it gets dry while they are playing with it:)

  6. I love this recipe! I didn’t care if it was edible or not, so I added some baby oil and it smells yummy and is so soft!

  7. will my baby ‘s hand get sticky after play with it?since it have sugar in it…

    1. Well, slightly yes. But, nothing a little bit of gentle soap and water won’t quickly remove. They learn by getting messy, so don’t be afraid to try it! I’m sure your baby will love it:)

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