This recipe is much like Play-Doh®, but can be baked to a permanent finish.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
2 hrs
additional:
1 hr
total:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Slowly mix water, a few tablespoons at a time, into flour mixture until dough is smooth and easy to handle. Knead dough for 10 minutes and let rest for 20 minutes.

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  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  • Form dough into desired shapes and arrange on a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until dry and hard, about 2 hours. Allow to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

This recipe can be mixed with food coloring before modelling or painted afterwards.

Nutrition Facts

228 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 47.7g 16% DV; fat 0.6g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 23354.7mg 973% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (26)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2019
Perfect and basic salt dough recipe. I know there are people who look for a recipe and want it to be perfect as is. If you are experienced with baking, you will understand that you have to add your water slowly. Your climate affects how much water goes in to dough. For example, I needed to add a bit extra, but I don’t fault the recipe. Also, as for it burning when you bake it, maybe your oven runs hotter or maybe you rolled your dough thinner than the OP, although it seems like it would be difficult to burn anything at 250 degrees. It’s always best to check a few minutes early. Just saying, this is your basic salt dough and it is a perfectly fine recipe. Thank you OP Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2018
I am not good at making these - 2 tries, 2 fails but my co worker uses this recipe so its likely my fault. PLEASE NOTE: toxic for dogs! I feel it is WELL worth noting somewhere in the recipe that although this is great project for families, etc - these cookies are SUPER toxic to dogs!! After leaving my failures on the counter in a hurry I came home to a dog who was drinking excessively & getting sick. After googling "dog poisoning and salt dough" I had NUMEROUS results of families who were not as lucky as I and the treatment can be somewhat extreme if the dog is small and ingested a lot of salt. I was fortunate my dog is not small, had access to plenty of water and rid her stomach of most of it's contents or it could have been very bad. Please consider adding this warning to the recipe - I don't want to deter anyone from making them - just feel they should know to keep away from dog's reach - even when hung on the tree. Thank you! Read More
(23)
33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2019
Perfect and basic salt dough recipe. I know there are people who look for a recipe and want it to be perfect as is. If you are experienced with baking, you will understand that you have to add your water slowly. Your climate affects how much water goes in to dough. For example, I needed to add a bit extra, but I don’t fault the recipe. Also, as for it burning when you bake it, maybe your oven runs hotter or maybe you rolled your dough thinner than the OP, although it seems like it would be difficult to burn anything at 250 degrees. It’s always best to check a few minutes early. Just saying, this is your basic salt dough and it is a perfectly fine recipe. Thank you OP Read More
(26)
Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2018
I am not good at making these - 2 tries, 2 fails but my co worker uses this recipe so its likely my fault. PLEASE NOTE: toxic for dogs! I feel it is WELL worth noting somewhere in the recipe that although this is great project for families, etc - these cookies are SUPER toxic to dogs!! After leaving my failures on the counter in a hurry I came home to a dog who was drinking excessively & getting sick. After googling "dog poisoning and salt dough" I had NUMEROUS results of families who were not as lucky as I and the treatment can be somewhat extreme if the dog is small and ingested a lot of salt. I was fortunate my dog is not small, had access to plenty of water and rid her stomach of most of it's contents or it could have been very bad. Please consider adding this warning to the recipe - I don't want to deter anyone from making them - just feel they should know to keep away from dog's reach - even when hung on the tree. Thank you! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2019
This turned out fantastic. I have no clue why this doesn’t have 5 stars (unless some fool leaves a poor review because they let their dog eat a SALT ornament). Honestly though, if you’re an adult that doesn’t need someone to help you wipe after the toilet, you’ll love the simplicity of this dough. Very malleable. I made some Christmas ornaments and then a hecken Shenmue sculpture. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2016
I will make this again! Fun easy project with the grandkids. Came out nice and white so when painted they were nice and bright. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/18/2018
Made it was In oven not even 20 min and it burnt and cant even use for tree decorations Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/05/2020
A little to hard for my 7 year old, kept rolling to thin. Also hard to pick it up without destroying the shape. Thankfully it was only egg shape for Easter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2020
It was very coolAlso, in one of my batches I added one packet of Koolaid powder and it smelled and looked amazing!!!!I really hope some of you try it!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2019
As a substitute teacher, I used this recipe with a group of 5th graders. Teacher left instructions (and apologies in case more was needed!); could not have been any easier. Kids got to work on their projects and had a good time constructing with the dough. We didn't bake it, instead we let everything air dry. If I were to try to dry it out more quickly, I would probably put it in a warm oven after the oven was turned off! Good luck! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2020
The dough is great! It's soft and very easy to mold :) I haven't baked it yet, i'll see how that part goes. Read More
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