Sanding sugars can be quite expensive for a small amount and the color you need may not be available locally. If you ever made cookies with children these little jars of sugar crystals can disappear fast. A little on the icing and plenty to sweep up on the floor 😉 This is a an easy kitchen DIY and a fun one to involve your children. The two options I use in making sanding sugars is by hand in a zippered bag or in the food processor with an egg whip attachment. This method would most likely work in your electric mixer with the whisk attachment on as well however I have not tried it that way. This recipe can be adjusted for smaller amounts.
- 2 cups of sugar
- Gel food coloring I prefer Ameri Color or Wilton
- Zippered bag or food processor with egg whip attachment
- Measuring cup
- 500ml storage jar with cover
- Jar funnel
- Measure 2 cups of sugar and place in zippered bag
- Add a small drop or two of gel food color and seal bag closed tightly
- Shake bag and rub the food coloring into the sugar. This will take about 2-3 minutes
- Rub any darker bits of sugar from to dissolve all color into the sugar before using.
- Measure sugar and pour into the food processor with the egg whip attachment in place
- Add a small drop of food color to the sugar. (start lightly, you can add more if you want a deeper color once mixed)
- Place the cover on and pulse the processor until all the color is combined.
- Place a small funnel into your storage container and pour in the sugar.
- The sugar will be dry and can be used immediately.
Check out how I used these sanding sugars to make these fun Peep cookies for Easter.