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The best Thermomix Playdough recipe


Hurrah! This is the BEST Thermomix Playdough in the world. For real. It’s smooth. It’s easy to make. And it lasts. Pin now, make later!

I love playdough. I find it therapeutic, so I’m always happy to make a batch. Although my kids aren’t neat playdough players. If I turn my back for a moment, it’s thrown all around the living room and in places that I don’t want it to go.

But I’m a sucker, and I make it again and again. This is my favourite Thermomix Playdough recipe. It’s super smooth and beautiful. If you don’t have a Thermomix, you could try this No Cook Playdough recipe instead. Once you’ve made either recipe, store it in an airtight container.

The best Thermomix Playdough recipe


110g cooking salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar
290g boiling water {boil this in your kettle before you start}
330g plain flour {and keep a little extra for at the end}
15g vegetable oil {or coconut oil/or any oil of your choice}
Food colouring


♥ Put water in your kettle and turn it on.
♥ Place the salt in your Thermomix Bowl and blend for 10 seconds on Speed 8. It will be a fine powder when you’re done. Add in the cream of tartar and blitz for 2 seconds on Speed 8 to combine.
♥ Pour in the boiling water and cook at 60° on Speed 4 for 4 minutes.
♥ Add the flour and blitz for 40 seconds on Speed 3. It should be combined, but if not blitz for a little longer.
♥ Add the oil and then pulse until mixed together. Scrape the playdough from your Thermomix Bowl onto a clean benchtop. If you don’t want food colouring to touch your benchtop you can do this in a bowl. I like to poke a hole into the dough and pour in a few drops of food colouring. Knead to spread the colouring throughout the dough.
♥ As you’re kneading your dough, you’ll be able to tell whether you need more flour or not. This will depend on how much food colouring you’ve used. If the dough is wet, or sticking to your benchtop, sprinkle a little extra flour {1 tsbp at a time} and knead until it is no longer sticky.
♥ Store in an airtight container or in a seal-able bag. This lasts for a few months. Enjoy!



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  • Molly

    Do you think it would work with coconut oil instead of veggie oil?

    • Yes, I’ve made it with coconut oil and it’s perfecto. 🙂

      • Jo Garbett

        Made this today and it’s the best recipe I’ve found!! Little man is having a blast. We added some essential oils to make it smell lovely too ?
        Will definitely try adding the food dye into the water next time as some have suggested as I have blue hands now ? Lol

  • Molly

    Thanks! It turned out perfectly and the coconut oil gives in a nicer smell.

  • Lis

    How long do you think this would last? Would different brand flours make it any different? I made it and it’s quite sticky, don’t know if I put too much of something in or not enough flour…
    Do you put it in a container once its cooled or while still hot?

    • Mine will change on the amount of food colouring I use. I just sprinkle flour on the bench to knead and wait until it’s the right consistency.

      I wait until it cools before putting in a container so it doesn’t sweat. x

  • Skye

    Hi, is there a link missing now? I can’t seem to find it! Thanks

  • K

    This recipe looks A LOT like the ThermoFun recipe put out a year before yours. Was it your inspiration?

    • I got it from a girlfriend actually and tweaked it to suit me, so not sure where she got it from. Sorry.

  • Michelle Hort

    Hi. Can you double this recipe?

  • Tarina

    How funny that this was in your newsletter this morning! Miss 4 1/2 loves play-doh, I do enjoy it too but all the little bits that end up everywhere and squished into the carpet put a bit of a damper on the whole experience. However, play-doh disappeared from our house for a year and now she is MUCH better at keeping in ON the table. AND she knows the drill – she has to vacuum up around the table afterwards, every time! (Yep, another mean mum!). BUT, it was just yesterday we were playing together with it, for about 2 hours aswell. Making all sorts of shapes and ‘furniture’ and decorations. She stole all of my cake making tools to imprint in her playdoh food. We just agreed that we would make a batch of playdoh this weekend if she keeps her room clean this week 🙂

  • Kylie

    I always put the food colouring in the water so that I don’t get food colouring all over my hands, bench etc.

    • Michelle Doehnert

      In your Thermomix too? It doesn’t colour any parts? I’ve only had mine for 5 weeks…..I’m too scared to put it in with the water but it’s a great idea!

      • I do the same Michelle, or did on the last batch two days ago – and not an issue!

        • Michelle Doehnert

          Awesome tip. It’s all made now, food die at the end. Kids love it!!

      • Kylie

        Hi Michelle, no it doesn’t colour any parts. We’ve had ours for about 18 months now and make playdough in it very regulary.

      • Rell Barr

        whenever I’m using the thermie and I think something might stain the lid (cause the bowl won’t stain) I spray with cooking oil and it doesn’t stain 🙂

  • GF

    Ahem… public service announcement: don’t inadvertently use gluten free flour.

  • Jo Garbett

    I made this today and it’s the best recipe I’ve found!! Little man is having a blast. We added some essential oils to make it smell lovely too ?
    Will definitely try adding the food dye into the water next time as some have suggested as I have blue hands now ? Lol

  • Dawn Anglicas

    I made this tonight and it was really sticky, like scrape off the “floured” bench sticky. The second batch I up’d it to 450gms flour and it came out better. I also add color to the water then sprinkle with glitter as I’m kneading

  • Hi Chantelle, gorgeous photo’s I just added
    your Play doh link to my FB Thermomix recipe sharing group page. Please fell free to join and add any Thermomix recipe links yourself. It Thermomix Kitchen ? Have a fabulous day ?

  • Caitlin Hughes

    Perfect recipe! Cannot believe how smooth it is! I made a Christmas version this morning for my girls by making ‘gingerbread’ playdough. I added ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to the flour. No food colouring needed and it smells and looks just like gingerbread dough!

  • Natalie

    Can you just kneed in the thermi ? Instead of on Bench ?

    • Anna

      I did 1 minute on the dough setting and it was perfect

      • Yay!

        I actually like the kneeding, but great to here you could make it work in the machine. Thanks Anna. x

  • Bec Christo

    Am I the first person to see that the recipes are different??
    The first one has 290g water and 330g flour…. The second has 330g water and 350g flour.
    I followed the second recipe and ended up with a very sticky mess….

  • Tricia Valk

    This is the easiest play dough I’ve ever made. I have a junior primary teacher daughter and she said she is buying a thermomix just to make okay dough lol.

  • Colleen Davison

    Best playdough ever. I put oil and colouring in at the end of cooking cicle and put it onto dough setting. Been a mum for 23years and this is the easiest and best playdough Ever.

  • Megan O’Brien

    The best recipe ever….and for those wondering you can totally double the recipe – it works perfectly! I just milled the salt for double the time and i also did step 4 for a bit longer and used the dough mode to knead. I also found adding the colouring at the water stage resulted in a better colour mix.