Watkins produces a really great quarterly newsletter, “Seasonings”, that we hand out at our Good Tastings events. It has terrific seasonal recipes and cooking tips. The section that I love the most though, is the “Kids Corner – Kids in the Kitchen”. My two Pearls LOVE to help out in the kitchen! The minute they hear pots and pans rattling they come running and dragging their step stools to the island ready to work! My hope is that we’re making some lasting, fun memories that help to develop in them a true love of cooking.
The Spring 2008 newsletter had this wonderful Cooked Playdough recipe. I love the consistency of homemade playdough and it lasts a long time. And here’s yet another great use for Watkins Extracts! This is very similar to the popular “Kool-aid” Playdoh recipe.
Watkins Cooked Playdough
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
2 TBL Watkins Cream of Tartar
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 tsp food coloring
2 TBL cooking oil
Watkins Extracts of choice
Combine dry ingredients in a saucepan. Add water and oil. Heat, stirring constantly until the dough comes away from the side of the pan and forms a ball. Cool. Divide in half and knead in food coloring and 1 tsp of extract of choice until smooth. (You may need to work in a little more flour depending on your climate/humidity when you make it.) Store in plastic bag or container in the refrigerator. Keeps for months! Makes 4 cups.
My sister-in-law came up with this terrific gift idea for the nieces and nephews. Mix up a double batch of dough, color appropriately for a holiday (like orange for Halloween), put 1 cup of the dough and a plastic holiday cookie cutter in a ziploc bag for preschool gift, playdates, daycare or to deliver to the neighbors! Thanks for the inspiration, C!
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