(Not So Hot) Cocoa Playdough Recipe + 3 Ways to Play

I am a big fan of scented playdough and while coffee scented may just be my all time favourite, this {Not So Hot} Cocoa version is all kinds of special. In fact, when we made our latest batch hubby asked me to please remove it from the kitchen bench as it smelt so good! While it does smell rather special, the high salt content is not going to make it taste anywhere near as good, so I suggest keeping this recipe for children who are well past the mouthing stage.

{Not So Hot} Cocoa Playdough Recipe + 3 Ways to Play

Just for fun, I’ve included three simple suggestions for play with this great playdough too. Enjoy!

{Not So Hot} Cocoa Playdough Recipe + 3 Ways to Play

Playdough Reindeers

Add twigs, pipe cleaners, mini pom poms, buttons and googly eyes  as an invitation to create Rudolph and his family.

{Not So Hot} Cocoa Playdough Recipe + 3 Ways to Play

Christmas Baking

A cookie tray with cookie cutters, rolling pin and a selection of decorations (sequins, buttons, small beads, googly eyes, small pom poms) is sure to result in lots of inspired Christmas baking!

{Not So Hot} Cocoa Playdough Recipe + 3 Ways to Play

Hot Cocoa Cafe

It’s time for a Christmas cocoa bar with the addition of tea cups and pom poms or buttons for marshmallows.

(Not So Hot) Cocoa Playdough Recipe


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

To make:

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and stir over a low heat for 3-5 minutes. The dough will form a ball. Continue to turn over on the heat for further 1-2 minutes. Turn dough out onto a board and knead until smooth.

Store playdough in an airtight plastic bag when not in use.

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