The holidays are all blending together this year so even though we are not putting up decorations quite yet, making small holiday moments around the house is how we are bringing in some holiday cheer. Several months ago I posted a recipe for Sunshine Doh. This version is very similar, but requires a few extra steps and finishes.
First, gather your ingredients. You will need 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of salt, 3/4 of water, 3 TB of white vinegar, and 1 TB of vegetable oil.
Second, mix all of the listed ingredients together in a bowl until a sticky dough is formed.
Next, in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the mixture until the liquid evaporates and a more solid dough forms.
Remove from heat and roll into a ball.
Using a dough cutter, divide the ball into two equal halves.
Take one half and roll into a ball. Then create a thumbprint crater on the top.
Pour a small splash of extract, food coloring, and whatever else you may want to roll into your dough. For this particular one, I just used red food coloring and peppermint extract. Essential oils work too, but this way if the littlest LO takes a bite I won’t be too worried.
Repeat the previous steps with the second half. For this one I used vanilla extract and some glitter (here’s hoping she doesn’t nibble on this particular Play Doh).
After that, using the divider again and cut each ball into equal parts. For mine I cut each ball into four parts (thus creating eight small balls of Play Doh).
Take one piece of the first color and one piece of the second color. Individually make a classic snake.
Lay the snakes next to one another and then twist.
Lightly roll the twisted snake together to make the edges smooth. Then bend softly to form a candy cane. (Repeat with other pieces of dough.)
Lastly, carefully wrap each “candy cane” in cellophane and tie with a festive ribbon.
That’s it! It seems cumbersome, but I promise you I was able to eat lunch, take a quick nap, and make this batch of Play Doh all within one nap time.