Our refrigerator has been filling up with all of the Halloween cooking that I’ve been doing. Since I will be seeing my nephew tomorrow, I thought it would be nice to make something for him. The addition of vanilla extract gives it a faint scent of cookies.
Adapted slightly from A Year of Slow Cooking
•2 cups all purpose flour
•1 cup cornstarch
•1 cup fine table salt
•3 Tablespoons cream of tartar (recipe called for 1/4 cup, but I had only 3 Tablespoons in the cupboard- it worked just fine. The cream of tartar is to add elasticity, so I increased the amount of oil slightly)
•1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
•2 cups hot water
•2 tablespoons vanilla extract, or any other flavor
•A variety of food colorings
Mix all ingredients together in a crock pot. The mixture will be runny, like cake batter.
Cook on high, stirring about every 15 minutes, until the mixture forms a dough that pulls away from the sides of the crock and is a play dough consistency. The original recipe states that the play dough will take a little less than 2 hours, but mine was ready in 1/2 an hour. Humidity seems to make a big difference in cooking times. The plains of Colorado are very dry. And it was raining today. My crockpot may also run a bit hot. Just keep a close eye on it.
Divide dough into the desired number of sections and knead in food coloring to achieve the desired colors.