2 Ingredient Dough (Weight Watchers Magic Dough)

Have you tried the 2-ingredient dough phenomenon yet? It’s actually quite magical, hence it’s secondary name of “magic dough” or the abbreviated 2ID.

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No, I am not on Weight Watchers, or counting points, but I am a busy mom and sometimes I need a few quick kitchen hacks and this two-ingredient dough using Greek yogurt and self rising flour can be used to make so many other recipes, it has become a staple.

What is 2-Ingredient Dough?

This is a simple base dough made from plain Greek yogurt and self-rising flour. Self rising flour also contains salt and baking powder, a leavening agent. Because this dough does not use yeast, it relies on the baking powder to give it a little (albeit not a lot) of loft. Because it doesn’t use yeast, it also doesn’t require time to rise.

Greek yogurt serves as the moisture, but also has a good dose of protein and friendly to those with an egg allergy. I am not a WW consultant or expert, but apparently this makes it less on the points system instead of using eggs or other types of liquid. Greek yogurt has a tang that gives this dough some flavor.

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The original two-ingredient dough recipe uses equal parts flour to yogurt, but in nearly all of the comments, this provide to be an issue for several reasons. More on that later. One batch is 12 smart points (according to the WW website).

Ingredients

  • Self-Rising Flour- Just a combination of all-purpose flour, fine sea salt and baking powder. You can purchase this premade at the grocery store or make your own in small or large batches.
  • Greek Yogurt– Greek yogurt is strained for longer than regular yogurt giving it a thicker consistency. Plain Greek yogurt has become a staple in my kitchen and used in place of sour cream and mayo in many recipes. It also works as a dip, marinade and salad dressing. Quite the miracle ingredient!

Gluten-Free Option– Make your own by following our recipe, but using a GF flour, or using Bob’s Self Rising Gluten Free flour.

Substitutes for Greek Yogurt– As mentioned, Greek will be the thickest. You can use a plain regular yogurt, but it might contain more water, resulting in your needing more flour. Sour cream or diary-free yogurts can also be used.

Low Carb Flours- Also feel free to make a self-rising flour using low carb options, but know that this can also alter the amount of yogurt required. Almond flour, Carb Quick, Keto Wheat Flour, Coconut Flour, Chickpea Flour or Paleo Baking Flour are all options.

Low-Fat– Nonfat Greek yogurt can be used, but will need more flour because it isn’t as thick.

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2 Ingredient Dough Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe for Self Rising Flour

Use any flour alternative and this recipe.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Whisk or soft together to distribute all ingredients evenly.

How to Make 2-Ingredient Dough

This is a simple recipe, but it is a tempermental dough and many factors can impact the consistency including humidity, brand of yogurt and type or brand of flour. You may need to play with the ratios to achieve perfection and perfection might differ literally based on the weather.

  1. Mix together the flour and yogurt in a large bowl until no dry spots remain. If it is a humid day, reduce the yogurt down to 3/4 cup and adjust flour from there. If you are working in a low humidity area, reduce the flour to 1 1/2 cups.
  2. For best results, cover with plastic wrap or turn onto a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Work with the dough on a well-floured surface.

Do not overwork the dough ball, as this can cause it to activate more gluten and dry it out, making it crumbly. The dough will be sticky while you work with it, use just enough flour to prevent sticking.

hand holding a ball of dough with a rolling pin in the background

Can I make this dough in my stand mixer? You sure can! Use the dough hook, but don’t let it knead to long or it will dry out. The dough isn’t too dense, that you can also use the paddle attachment.

Why is My Dough So Sticky?

The number one complaint of this easy dough recipe is that it is sticky, which is why we increased our base recipe to include more flour and not follow the 1:1 ratios in the original. Nearly every brand of flour tested required more flour with the same amount of yogurt.

The brand of yogurt will also make a difference since they carry different moisture levels.

If your dough is too sticky– chilling will help it be more manageable. Use a well-floured work surface and rolling pin or hands (well-floured too!) But be mindful to not add too much or you run the risk if it being dry and crumbly.

If your dough is too dry- When it starts to crumble and you can’t get it to stick, you might need a little more moisture. Spritz lightly with a spray bottle filled with water or add 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt. This can be challenging to evenly work into the dough after it has initially been combined.

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What Can You Make with 2 Ingredient Dough?

The good news is that basically anything that requires a basic dough can be made with this dough swap. With the addition of garlic powder, onion powder, a quick egg wash or olive oil baste or a bowl of marinara dipping sauce, this easy recipe becomes so many more!

  • Bagels– Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll into ropes, wrapping into a circle and pinching together. Baste with an egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sea salt, everything bagel seasoning or sesame seeds. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet at 375°F for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Pretzel Bites– Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll into ropes, cutting each into 12 smaller bites. Boil a large pot of water and add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Using a slotted spoon, quickly dip the dough pieces into the boiling water for 15-20 seconds. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 425˚F for 7-10 minutes. Brush the bites with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse sea salt while still tacky.
  • Naan Bread- Divide dough into 6-8 equal pieces and flatten with a rolling pin or your palm. Heat a large seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat with a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Add the bread, browning on each side.
  • Garlic Cheddar Rolls- Mix 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon of parsley into the dough. Divide into 8 small pieces, flatten with your palm. Add 1 ounce chunks of cheddar cheese (or other desired cheese) to the center, wrapping it around and pinching together the seams. Place, seam side down, on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 475°F for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and baste with melted butter and a sprinkle of sea salt.
  • Pizza Crust (thin crust regular pizza)- Preheat the oven to 500°F. If you are using a pizza stone, preheat it in the oven, otherwise, coat a 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Using your hands, spread the dough out to the edges of the pizza pan or free form it and place on the pizza stone or a flat baking sheet. Parbake the pizza crust for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove and smother with the pizza sauce, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and top with pepperoni slices, baking again until cheese melts, approximately 5-7 minutes.

Let us know if there are more new recipes you’d like to see in the comments!

Make Ahead, Storage & Freezing

This two ingredient dough recipe can be made ahead and stored. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. At this point, the dough might start to dry out from the chill.

It can also be frozen in plastic wrap for up to 3 months. If freezing multiple batches, separate the dough balls with parchment paper. Allow to thaw at room temperature.

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Two Ingredient Dough Recipe

4.66 from 20 votes
This two ingredient dough recipe is super simple to make with no yeast! Use it for pizza, cinnamons rolls, breadsticks and more!
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 1 batch

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour and Greek yogurt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer to a clean work surface coated with flour. Knead the dough. If it still feels sticky, add a small amount of flour.
  • Use the dough to create whatever recipe calls for dough! `
  • If you've tried this recipe, we'd love to hear how it went. Please come back and let us know in the comments or star ratings.

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Nutrition

Calories: 918 kcal, Carbohydrates: 174 g, Protein: 43 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3 g, Trans Fat: 0.01 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 76 mg, Potassium: 516 mg, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 7 g, Vitamin A: 8 IU, Calcium: 255 mg, Iron: 10 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 918
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 2ID, 2 ingredient dough, 2-ingredient dough, magic dough, weight watchers dough
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    I just made pizza with this dough using Peggy’s measurement recommendations above and it turned out perfectly! Soft inside and chewy outside with just the right amount of firmness so your slices don’t sag. So easy and no waiting for it to rise!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe except no baking times or temp, but I figured it out. Other than that the recipe was easy and can be used in so many applications.

    1. Hi! This is just the recipe for the dough, there are links in ways to make it in the post- breadsticks, pizza, cinnamon rolls- so if you click on one of those, the rest of the instructions with temp, etc, are there for each one! It was hard to put them all in the same place.

    1. There are links to what it is you want to make (i.e. bread). This is just the base dough for all of the other things you can make.

    1. The dough can be used for many things- there are links to making bread sticks, pizza dough and cinnamon rolls.

  3. 5 stars
    Can’t imagine, at 72, I had never heard of this dough until recently! It’s wonderful!!
    Self-rising flour is not something I use regularly or find easily here in Canada, so, when needed, I make my own from this recipe I’ve used for many years. Most similar homemade substitutes do not call for baking soda, but I find it guarantees a better rise. Easy enough to make a big batch and store in an airtight container.
    Homemade Self-rising Flour
    2 cups flour (240-250gr)
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    Whisk together to thoroughly blend.

    For the 2 Ingredient dough I measure out the amount required and use the remainder for kneading and rolling as necessary.
    I love the ease and speed, and the versatility is remarkable, but the topper for me is that these small batch recipes are perfect for one or two people to enjoy without having an overload that needs storing. I didn’t chill the dough but will try that. Yesterday I took pizza and cinnamon rolls to my sister and our 94-yr.old Mom who lives with her – this morning my sister messaged that she herself had eaten the remaining cinnamon rolls for breakfast at 6 am and was requesting more. That’s a pretty good review! I operate a bed and breakfast so I can guarantee the 2-Ingredient Dough will be well and often used and I will be on a quest for more variations! Thank you so much for a grand head start.

  4. 5 stars
    What??? I’m in awe of this recipe. I have not heard of the 2 ingredient dough until this post. I am going to make this ASAP! It’s marvelous!

  5. 5 stars
    What an amazing dough! This will be a game changer to make quick pizzas., especially as I always have these ingredients to hand.

  6. 5 stars
    Such a magical dough to have on hand when I don’t have yeast at the ready! Love how versatile it is to use in anything too.

  7. 5 stars
    Now, this is my kind of dough! Only 2 ingredients and Weight Watchers approved, I’m in! I just made some pizza sauce this week so I can’t wait to make this dough too.