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Cooked Playdough

This playdough is very smooth in texture, and will not leave a salty, or oily residue on one’s hands.

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup cool water
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • Food colouring (optional)

Put flour, salt, and cream of tartar into a heavy-bottomed saucepan, and whisk to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine the liquid ingredients together.

Add the liquid ingredients to the pot, stirring constantly.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and forms a sticky ball in the centre of the pot, about 3 to 5 minutes after mixture has warmed.

Let cool, and knead till smooth.

Store covered in fridge.

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John’s Tough Cookies

These are special “cookies” made by our friend John, and named by his grandchildren — they are, indeed “tough”!  It’s a recipe that his mother made for him when he was a child; as a boy in England, he knew them as Quaker Oat Cakes.

In a heavy saucepan, melt:

  • 1 pound butter


  • 1 cup corn syrup

Stir over low heat for 7 to 8 minutes until blended.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar

Then add:

  • 6 cups Quaker Oats (may add up to 1 cup more, to absorb all of liquid)

Drop mixture into greased muffin pans, about ¼” deep in each cup (or ¼” deep into 9”x13” pan[s]). Bake at 250F to 270F for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes; when warm and firm, loosen with spatula handle, then pop them out of the tin with the rubber end (hold the tin upside down).

Store in completely airtight containers.  Watch your teeth!

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Filed under "Sweets"/Cakes/Etc, Grains