Apple Pie Scented Playdough

Squishy, taste-safe apple pie scented playdough is perfect for fall creations. Easy to make, and keeps for up to two weeks!

Apple Pie Scented Playdough | Homan at Home

In honor of the season, I’ve given my homemade playdough recipe a fall twist. This playdough smells like, well, a baked apple pie with its combo of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. It’s also taste safe, which means that it tastes terrible, but it won’t do your kiddo any harm.

Apple pie scented playdough is a cooked dough, so this may be one for younger kids to watch you make. It will keep for up to two weeks in an airtight container. At least it does here in dry Utah. If you live in a more humid environment, your mileage may vary.

What do I need for apple pie scented playdough?

Flour – I use all purpose flour for this recipe, which means that this is not gluten free. If you’re looking for a gluten free recipe, I recommend this one.

Water – Literally just the stuff from the tap!

Salt – You need regular, iodized salt for this. Any of the course grain salts will not work as they won’t cook in well.

Vegetable Oil – Vegetable and canola oil work, but olive oil and coconut oil make a sticky mixture. I’ve never tried any others.

Cream of Tartar – This helps with the congealing. You can make the dough without, but it will be slightly sticker. You may need to knead in a bit more four to combat that.

Apple Pie Spice – If you don’t have any specific apple pie spice, this blend is the one I use. It smells amazing and mixes in perfectly!

Food Coloring – This is completely optional. If you choose not to use it, your dough will come out the color of the “pie crust” in the photos.

In order to avoid staining, I use these Natural Liquid Food Colors*. They come in all the colors of the rainbow, are skin and taste safe, and do not stain clothes or skin. The only downside is that they cost a bit more and are harder to get ahold of.

Getting a bright, vibrant red can be really difficult. I actually recommend starting with a nice bright pink, then adding a little red to shift the color. Red alone tends to come out dull and lifeless, but the pink base brightens things up and gives it that gorgeous apple red!

*Disclosure: this is an affiliate link. If you purchase something from this link, I will receive a portion of the profit. However, all opinions and recommendations are my own. I will only ever recommend something I love!

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Apple Pie Scented Playdough

Squishy and soft taste-safe playdough with a delicious apple pie scent!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ Tbsp apple pie spice
  • food coloring


  • Place all ingredients except food coloring in a saucepan.
  • On medium heat, stir until dough begins to clean the sides of the pan.
  • Remove from heat and allow dough to cool enough to be handled.
  • Turn dough out onto a flat surface and knead until dough is smooth and elasticky.
  • If you are using food coloring, add some to the center of the dough. Knead until the coloring is evenly distributed throughout.
  • Allow the dough to cool completely before giving it to kids.


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