I am excited to be part of a week long series all about Fall Play Recipes. For this series I will be collaborating with 3 creative friends, Learn Play Imagine, Fun at Home with Kids, and Blog Me Mom. We selected a different fall theme for each day, which means 4 creative play recipes will be shared each day. By the time our series is done, you will be armed with 20 new play recipes that I know you will want to try;) Can you tell I’m over the moon with excitement? Today’s theme is all about creating a fun Fall Dough Recipe. I had my kids help brainstorm some things that made them think of fall. They had lots of creative suggestions, including marshmallows and pumpkin pie. Yes please! Check out the kids super simple and edible Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Dough.
No-Cook Fall Play Recipe that’s Edible!
Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Dough Recipe:
- 1 Jar of Marshmallow Creme (7oz) ~ or also called Marshmallow Fluff
- 3 – 4 cups of Icing Sugar ~ more to dust the dough to keep it from sticking
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Graham Crackers
- Sprinkles ~ just for fun
You are basically making a Marshmallow Fondant which is normally used to ice cakes. However, this simple recipe is no-cook and contains only 2 ingredients. We are all about making this simple!
You are welcome to mix the marshmallow cream and the icing sugar in a stand mixer, however you will be missing out on half the fun. My kids had a blast squishing and mixing the sticky mixture into a dough with their hands. No special instructions, just dump everything together and mix. Let me tell you, it is super sticky to begin with, but with a little elbow grease (and lots of icing sugar) it will become a smooth and wonderful dough.
My kids informed me it was hard work to get the dough to form, but the sticky mess was so worth it. Depending on the age of your kids, you may want to help with the mixing. they also enjoyed tasting the dough in at all its different sticky stages. The dough is a type of fondant, so in moderation it is totally safe to eat.
If you are feeling like your dough is more the constancy of warm gooey marshmallows, then try adding more icing sugar. We also found that the dough preformed best when it was cool. We wrapped ours in plastic and placed in the fridge to cool down.
You are welcome to add the Pumpkin pie spice at any time. We were having so much fun playing, that we forgot to add it until our dough was already formed. Don’t worry, the spices were easy to fold in and smelled delicious.
The combination of marshmallows and pumpkin pie spice reminds me of fall and thanksgiving. Growing up one of our traditional Thanksgiving side dishes was a sweet potato casserole with a marshmallow topping. This dough totally brings me back to sweet childhood memories.
Since this is an edible dough, the kids wanted to make an “after work” treat for their Dad. They excitedly made bit sized s’more treats by rolling the spiced dough in crushed graham crackers. How fun. Chuck was a great sport and totally went right along. Love that guy!
Mini cupcakes were the next item to be created at their little bakery. To make different varieties of cupcakes, they added graham cracker crumbs right into some of the dough.
Like any great bakery, you always need lots of sprinkles! I was surprised at how carefully the sprinkles were added. Each sprinkle was placed with care on top of the cupcakes. I love the pumpkin and bat sprinkles, perfect for fall.
Our marshmallow dough was easy to form into balls and roll out with the rolling pin. Although, we found it became sticky the longer it was held and played with it. We kept a container of icing sugar handy so they could keep dusting their hands, creations and the work surface which worked great. Plus icing sugar is just plain fun to play with!
The kids had so much fun playing and creating in their mini bakery. It always surprises me how long kids will play with the simplest set up. We used utensils straight from my kitchen cupboards and a few baking goods from the pantry, creating hours of endless play.
I love that it this simple fall recipe was cheap to make and easy to create with! It also stores well in the fridge wrapped in plastic. We may have to try our hand at decorating a cake next time we pull it out:)
For more fun inspiration follow my Art and Play Recipe board on Pinterest.
For more Fall Dough Recipe inspiration check out these creative ideas:
Fall Playdough Recipe from Learn Play Imagine
Pumpkin Spice Salt Dough For Ornaments from Fun at Home with Kids
Fall Activities Apple Dough Recipe from Blog Me Mom
Tomorrow we will each be sharing a creative Fall Paint Recipe.