How To Make Your Own Sanding Sugar

Sanding Sugar Recipe

Learn how to make your own colored sanding sugar with ingredients any baker will have on-hand in their pantry.
5 minutes
How To Make Your Own Sanding Sugar
  •  White sanding sugar (granulated sugar will work in a pinch)
  •  Food coloring gel of your choice

Put the quantity of sanding sugar needed in a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag. If you do not have sanding sugar, you can also use granulated sugar in a pinch.

Using a toothpick, scrape off a pinhead-sized amount of food coloring gel from the tube. You need very little food coloring to color the sugar, and remember that you can always add more!

Deposit the food coloring into the bag using the toothpick. Seal the bag, and using your hands, gently massage the bag until all of the color is distributed. If you need to add more, follow the process above.

Pro Tip: If you accidentally use too much food coloring and your sugar is wet and clumpy, spread the sugar onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 120 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-8 minutes, until sugar has dried out and is loose again. Be sure to keep an eye on the sugar as it is drying. If it gets too hot, it will melt. If making this recipe with granulated sugar, leave in the oven for 3-6 minutes.

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