Aug 23 10
by cara
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Apple Pie Scented Playdough

I haven’t made any playdough in a while, and since it is back-to-school time, I thought this one would be just perfect!  (And obviously, anything apple related is perfect for my family!)  This is very similar to the Pumpkin Spice Scented Playdough that I made last fall, but this one is red and uses Apple Pie Spice instead of Pumpkin Pie Spice.  You can either purchase Apple Pie Spice or use the spices listed below as I did.

This playdough would be perfect to go along with all of those apple crafts I’m seeing on all the blogs right now!  I’ve got an apple-themed sensory bin (inspired by No Time For Flashcards) coming soon!

Apple Pie Scented Playdough


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt (use iodized, not kosher for smoother dough)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • Red food coloring (I use the Wilton gel colors)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

Stir ingredients together well in pot.  Over medium heat cook the dough, stirring constantly until it forms a ball.  Turn dough onto a board (or the countertop) and knead until very smooth.  Cool.  Store in a covered plastic container.

If I was really on-the-ball, I would have given The Littlest Apple an apple shaped cookie cutter.  Need to get one of those!  For now, we’re using our fall leaves, some cinnamon sticks, popsicle sticks, and a rolling pin.

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  • Oh my goodness – I love the idea of making apple pie scented play dough!!! I also love the deep red color too!

  • oh, I bet this is just awesome! Hmmm … on my Autumn to do’s (if not sooner!)

  • This is such a fantastic idea.

    Also, I really like his little table!

  • Ricki

    Ooh, I bet that smells fantastic! We’ll have to give it a try.

  • This is such a fun idea! I LOVE the picture of Finn rolling it out. He is such a cutie!

  • Such a great idea! Good job Momma Apple! :o)

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  • This rocks! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m featuring you today on Tot Tuesdays! 🙂

  • This playdough has been SUCH a big hit for the last week. This may be one of my favorite playdoughs so far!

  • Nicki

    I am a preschool teacher, and absolutely love your blog! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next! I made this playdough tonight for my Meet the Teacher Day on Thursday…it smells delicious!! Thanks so much!

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  • I just mixed up my own batch of playdough, and it looks and smells scrumptious! We are going to enjoy it this week! Thank you so much!

  • I made this yesterday, and it smelled wonderful!
    I think I used half the bottle of the wilton gel coloring and it still wasn’t bright red. Any tricks for getting a vibrant color?
    I also made green, which was easier to get the achieved color but the red gave me issues.
    thanks for the idea.

  • Mommy and Me Book Club

    I shared a link to your recipe on our Mommy and Me blog this week.  We really enjoyed the playdough!  It smelled wonderful!

  • Squiddy89

    Omg this looks AWSOME!!!!!! DEFINITLY going to make this with my neice! We are quite the playdough fans!!!!

  • Carli

    Does this just make one batch? Trying to figure out how much ingredients I need to make enough for 12 kids…thanks!

  • Cara Apple

    This recipe is for just one batch. For 12 kids you will need at least 2 batches, maybe more. Hope that helps!

  • Carli

    Ok thanks!

  • Robin

    Mine came out sticky and was really sticking to the kids hands. I didn’t have cream of tartar….did that make a difference?

  • Megan

    This is my favorite playdough recipe. I’ve also made an orange pumpkin spice version and a green playdough using mint extract. All of them have turned out extremely well.

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