Edible Cookie Butter Play Dough Recipe

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If you are looking for activities for kids that encourage creativity and fine motor skill building- this is perfect for you!

I love all of the play dough recipes I’ve come across all over the internet. They are all so creative.

For a while I’ve been in the hunt for a good edible play dough recipe that does not involve peanut butter because our little Matthew (5) is allergic to peanuts. I have FINALLY found the perfect alternative for parents who are in the same boat as me.

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edible cookie butter play dough

Have you ever been to the grocery story Trader Joe’s? They sell something called Cookie Butter. Comes in a jar just like peanut butter and is the same texture but is made with crushed biscuits and reminiscent of gingerbread flavor. It is perfect for play dough! And it is very yummy! (The first time I tried it a few years back I was not impressed with the taste. I did not understand what all the buzz was about. Maybe I just had weird taste buds at the time because I cannot get enough of it now. You can eat it out of the jar by the spoonful!)

I am going to show you how easy it is to use Cookie Butter to make play dough… that your kids can eat!

trader joes cookie butter


Add the three ingredients to a large mixing bowl.

Stir and combine as best as you can using a large spoon.

activities for kids how to make cookie butter play dough

Once you’ve mixed as well as you can with a spoon, plop it out onto a clean work surface. I like to use wax paper.

Use a little bit of extra powdered sugar the way you would use flour when you’re kneading dough. Sprinkle it on your work surface.

Use your hands to knead the play dough until it is no longer sticky and well combine.

peanut butter play dough alternative

It should look like this when you’re done.

You now have edible play dough for your kids that does not contain peanut butter!

use trader joes cookie butter to make edible play dough

Use Bento accessories, rolling pens and cookie cutters to create fun things as you play together.

Taste a little along the way too. Super yummy!

activities for kids how to make homemade play dough

Here are some of our favorite things to use when playing with play dough:

activities for kids cookie butter play dough

Enjoy playing for hours. When you’re done store it in an air tight container (I used a ziplock bag and pressed out all of the air).

DO NOT REFRIGERATE (Cookie Butter should not be refrigerated as it changes the properties.)

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Edible Cookie Butter Play Dough Recipe

Edible Cookie Butter Play Dough Recipe

Make this cookie butter play dough that is so much fun, and did I mention it is edible?!


  • 1 c smooth Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter
  • 1 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c honey
  • wax paper, optional


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the three ingredients completely.
  2. Once combined, transfer to a nonstick surface or wax paper to knead thoroughly.
  3. Store in an air tight container, but do not refrigerate.


  1. That’s looks so good! Did they eat more than they played? I think we have a Trader Joe’s now in Austin. I’m going to have to find this Cookie Butter. Great alternative since some schools are nut free!

  2. Just a heads up…the package I have from trader joes says it may contain traces of tree nuts. We are a nut free facility and have had a child react from a bag if pretzels that said the same thing. We don’t allow anything that says May contain traces of nuts.

    1. My son is allergic to peanuts- not tree nuts. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts/hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. So far we have had no issues with him coming in contact with tree nuts.

      Some children are allergic to tree nuts as well as other nuts.

      Thanks for the heads up.

  3. I wish my daughter was little, I would so make this! I think I may have to borrow a neighbors child! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

  4. The little ones in our family are going to just love this, Crystal. I will have fun with it too. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week!
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    Miz Helen

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  6. You could use Biscoff spread too. Biscoff is a brand name of speculoos cookies and the spread can be found in regular grocery stores. Don’t know if there’s any price difference, but it may be easier to find.

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