Cranberry Play Dough Recipe


This week, Dora and I made play dough. I got the idea from Counting Coconuts to have a monthly themed play dough. This month, I was trying to stay away from anything with ginger or cinnamon in it, since we did apple pie play dough in September and pumpkin pie play dough in October. I was having problems coming up with an idea, when my mom suggested cranberry. I was quite surprised, however, that I couldn’t find a single cranberry play dough recipe online. So I modified a basic play dough recipe and was quite happy with the results. The color of the dough turned out a nice light pink and it is free of artificial colors and scents.


  • Bag of cranberries
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil


  1. Boil cranberries in a pot of water (unfortunately, I did not measure the water before I boiled them, but I think it was about 4 cups of water) until all of the berries have popped open. Pour out 2 cups of the cranberry-water, using a strainer to remove any berries. Allow liquid to cool slightly. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a nonstick saucepan. Add the oil and cranberry-water. Stir until smooth. Stirring constantly, cook the mixture over medium heat until it forms a ball (approximately 3 to 4 minutes).
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly-floured cutting board and let it cool slightly. Knead the dough until it has a smooth texture.

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Posted by Maureen Sklaroff