How to Handle Sticky Dough

by Angela LaFollette

Knead dough to make it easier to work with.

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Whether you are making bread, cookies or pizza, the dough will inevitably stick to your hands and the cooking surface. The sticky dough can make it seem impossible to handle, and you may eventually give up and throw the dough away in the trash. Handling the dough properly will help you minimize and even prevent the dough from sticking, which will make you less frustrated in the kitchen.

Coat your hands with butter, olive oil or nonstick spray. The extra grease prevents the dough from sticking to you and it allows you to spread it out with your hands.

Knead the fresh dough on a floured surface. Kneading the dough involves pushing, squeezing and mashing it. The more you knead the dough, the less it begins to stick to your fingers. The kneaded dough causes gluten to form and it begins to stick together instead of to your skin.

Dust the dough with flour to minimize the stickiness. Coat your hands with the dry flour as well, if it sticks to your skin too.


  • Chill the dough in the refrigerator for one to two hours if you have difficulty with it sticking.

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About the Author

Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.