I was so inspired by the lovely-smelling recipe for gingerbread playdough that I found on Sugarbelle’s blog, I decided to try out a version of my own–Chocolate-Peppermint. What a perfect (and easy) holiday activity to do with kids! In fact, I’m bringing a tub of each to preschool tomorrow along with an assortment of cutters, rollers, and other baking equipment. Read on for the recipe:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- In a medium heavy-bottomed pot, sift together dry ingredients and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, stir together water, oil and extract. Add wet ingredients to dry and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until playdough comes together. (It will look clumpy and weird at first, but once it thickens and sticks together, it’s finished.)
- Transfer to a silpat or cutting board and knead until smooth. Let cool, then store in an airtight container.
I ought to mention the “danger” here, which is that these doughs really do smell good enough to eat. But even the smallest nibble will permanently deter any little monkeys who don’t heed your warning–this stuff (while harmless and all natural) tastes really nasty!