Apple spice dough is the perfect autumn craft

Nothing says fall like apples. Think apple pie, apple cinnamon doughnuts, applesauce and even bobbing for apples. So take that love for apples and create apple-scented play dough that can even be turned into apples themselves with a few leaves and twigs.


  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Cream of tartar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice
  • Leaves and twigs (optional)


  1. In a medium pot, mix 1 cup flour, ¼ cup salt and 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar. Then add 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil and food coloring to suit you. Stir well. We did one batch with red and repeated another with green.
  2. To create fall scents, add 2 Tablespoons cinnamon or allspice or 1 Tablespoon cinnamon and 1 Tablespoon nutmeg.
  3. With adult supervision, put the pot on medium-low heat on the stove and stir occasionally for 3 to 5 minutes as the dough forms together.
  4. Remove the pot from heat and remove the dough to cool thoroughly on a counter.
  5. Once cool, knead the dough for a minute or two.
  6. To create apples, roll your dough into fist-sized balls and create a stem with a small leaf and twig. Store dough in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag.
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