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Salt "Dough"-nuts

Making pretend doughnuts using play dough made with only 3 ingredients!

National Donut Day is June 2nd

And boooooy did we celebrate! :) My kids and I created our own "Dough"-nuts (get it? because its made from salt..."dough"? I love silly "dad jokes"!) using a simple 3 ingredient salt dough recipe! Even though these "dough"-nuts are safe to eat I would not recommend actually eating them, especially after they are painted, but rather use them for pretend play. This salt dough recipe is one I used to make with my mom as a little girl and apparently it's still fun to do!

Materials needed: 

To make the dough you will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of All Purpose flour (set aside 1/2 cup)
  •  1 cup of Salt
  •  1 cup of water

Additional materials used:

*a large bowl, acrylic paint, and paintbrushes. Wax paper, cupcake wrappers, and a cookie sheet were also used but optional.

Getting started:

(If you want to bake your "Dough"-nuts then preheat the oven to 400° F)

Measure out all the ingredients and pour them into the large bowl. We poured 2 cups of flour in the bowl and saved 1/2 cup for later.

Mix it up!

This was my daughters' favorite part....getting messy! :)

Combine the 3 ingredients, preferably by hand and i really preferred that its by hand by my girls! I, unlike my daughters, do NOT enjoy mushy textures on my hands! However, I did "take one for the team" and eventually got in the bowl with my daughters...reluctantly...

Combine the ingredients until a soft dough like texture is formed. 

It will get sticky!

The dough might get really sticky at first, this is where the extra flour comes in to save the day! They were loving this and slightly horrified by the mess they were making! If its waaaay too sticky (as shown here) then slowly add more flour until the dough is no longer as sticky or can be formed into a ball.

Remember: If it's too dry, slowly add more water and if it's too sticky, slowly add more flour.

need to Knead!

Once your dough is of a thicker, less sticky consistency, then its ready to knead (again, one of the girls' favorite steps!).

I used a strip of wax paper to help make it less sticky but that is optional. Sprinkle the surface with flour and fold the dough repeatedly into itself. Repeat this process until the dough is smooth, not crumbly and not sticky.

Voila! Salt Dough!

When the dough is smooth, soft, not crumbly and not sticky, then its ready to play with!

Forming the "dough"-nuts

To form the "dough"-nuts, we took small pieces of the dough, rolled them into longer tubes (or "making snakes" as I called it) and then closed the ends of the tubes into  circles. As beautifully demonstrated here by my flour-covered 3 year old daughter! 

Time to decorate!

Now that the "Dough"-nuts (I still find that funny!) have dried (and cooled if baked), then it's time to decorate them! 

Using acrylic paint and paint brushes (I also gave each girl a square of wax paper, still optional), paint the "Dough"-nuts. We created wild and wacky "flavors" and even used some extra dough to make "sprinkles" on some. 

My "Dough"-nuts were a Neapolitan colored one and one I called "Earth"- Blue paint to be "blue raspberry", green paint to be "lime" and brown paint to be "chocolate land sprinkles". The girls really got a kick out of that one!

Free Donut Time!

After we made our own pretend "Dough"-nuts, we took a trip to the local Krispy Kreme shop. We got to see how the real doughnuts are made and the girls were fascinated!


Krispy Kreme gave away free donuts in honor of National Donut Day and we enjoyed every second of it!

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