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Super soft Playdough recipe

Playdough Recipe with Cream of Tartar

An easy, super-soft homemade playdough recipe with cream of tartar that lasts for weeks.
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Yield: 1 batch
Author: Carine


  • 2 cups All-purpose flour spoon, slightly packed, level up
  • ½ cup Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons Oil of choice I used coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon Food coloring
  • 1 ¼ cup Boiling water

Extra flour to adjust the dough

  • 1-3 tablespoons All-purpose flour


  • In a kettle or small saucepan, bring water to boil.
  • Measure the amount of boiling water required by the recipe and place it in a large bowl with salt. Whisk quickly to combine - not all the salt will dissolve, and that's ok. Set aside while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
  • In another large mixing bowl, combine the flour and cream of tartar.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the oil and hot water/salt mixture.
  • Stir with a spatula. The dough will be very sticky at first, and then it becomes difficult to stir, so use your hand to knead the dough. If it's still too hot, wait a few minutes to avoid burning yourself.
  • If the dough is too sticky, dust 1 extra tablespoon of flour and vigorously knead on a for 1 minute. As the dough cools down and absorbs the extra flour, it becomes super soft and less sticky.
  • When you manage to form a ball, transfer to a lightly floured work surface and keep kneading to cool it down, dusting extra flour if needed until it reaches your favorite texture.
  • Repeat the recipe to create different colors. Add sprinkles or essential oil if desired.