Easy Hazelnut Coffee Playdough Recipe

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Did you know McDonald’s is giving coffee lovers across America another reason to enjoy their favorite coffee and is excited to let fans know that McCafé packaged coffee is available where you buy groceries. I love grabbing a coffee when I take the kids to Mcdonald’s but now I can enjoy it at home and on the go. Us coffee lovers can now brew delicious McCafé coffee at home in  a number of forms, including roast and ground and K-Cup varieties. I am in love with K-cups but I know others like ground.  I think it is great they package it both ways.  Their coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans.  McCafé packaged coffee comes in seven varieties including different roasts and blends, such as Premium Roast, French Roast, Breakfast Blend and Colombian, and different flavors, such as French Vanilla and Hazelnut.  Hazelnut is my new favorite!

However, I could not let the chance pass to find a way to let the kids enjoy it too without letting them drink it, lol.  I set out to reuse some coffee grounds for playtime.  This was a win win for the kids and I.  They got a fun Hazelnut Coffee Playdough to play with and got a much needed mommy break from the chaos of the holiday season.


McCafe Hazelnut Playdough recipe for sensory play



Easy Hazelnut Coffee Playdough Recipe

McCafe Coffee


Supplies/what I used:

  • hazelnut coffee grounds – you can use the leftover coffee grounds after you brew your coffee or fresh coffee grounds out of the bag.
  • cream of tarter
  • flour
  • oil
  • water
  • brown food coloring
  • salt
  • cornstarch


hazelnut coffee playdough recipe


How to make easy hazelnut coffee playdough:


Add 1 & 1/2 cups of cornstarch to a pan.  I have a sauce pan that I use for my playdough recipes. Next add a 1/2 cup of flour to the pan. Now for 1 cup of salt. Scoop in 2 tsp of cream of tarter and 1 TBS of  cooking oil.  For the best part add 1 cup of hazelnut coffee grounds. And I added a few drops of brown food coloring to darken the dough. Last add 2 cups of water to the pan over medium high heat.  Stir real well.  You will notice the cornstarch makes it hard to mix at first.  Once mixed stir often while letting it heat up.  Once it starts to clump on the spoon I keep mixing fast until if forms playdough.  Once the dough is ready I can usually pull the playdough out of the pan stuck to my spoon, lol. I sit it on wax paper or a plastic tray to cool.


This playdough stores great in a ziploc bag.


McCafe Coffee Break for Mom


Once the playdough cooled it was time for a coffee break with my favorite cup of McCafé packaged coffee, hazelnut. The kids and I loved how awesome the house smelled from making the playdough and brewing coffee.  It was divine.


Hazelnut coffee playdough


I set the kids up with a simple playdough tray.  I added Christmas cookie cutters, play spoons, and bowls.  Easy and fun is how we like playtime.


coffee playdough sensory play idea for kids


I brought the bag of McCafé packaged coffee outside to let the kids smell the coffee in the bag and then the playdough.  They smelled the same.  Playdough is a great sensory play activity for kids.  It helps work on fine motor skills.  It also gave the kids practice using cookie cutters today.


coffee playdough recipe


And for me this playdough brought on a much needed break from our crazy busy holiday schedule. I look forward to getting coffee playdough out again this week for another McCafé  coffee break.

easy hazelnut coffee playdough recipe


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McCafé packaged coffee is available where you buy groceries. Prices will vary significantly across regions, retailers and calendars, but the average non-promotional prices will be as follows:

  • 12 oz roast & ground: $7.49
  • 12 count K-Cups: $8.39
  • 18 count K-Cups: $11.99
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