Because sometimes you just need to make your own sprinkles! But seriously, I almost never put sprinkles on my cookies, cakes, etc. because I hate those sprinkles in the jar that taste like they are made of wax!
I mean really, here you spend all this time making these delicious, homemade treats from scratch…and then you top them off with sprinkles made with “Sugar, Cornstarch, Rice Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Soybean, Cottonseed), Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Mono- And Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6.”???
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But for me it’s less about the actual ingredients and more about how they taste. The stuff in the plastic tub, in my opinion, is yucky! Same reason I don’t buy donuts with sprinkles.
The problem is….sprinkles are so pretty! Talk about a dilemma! :-)
Well fear not! Thanks to this great video tutorial from Martha Stewart, now you can make your own homemade sprinkles with nothing but sugar, corn syrup, and flavoring! AND you can make them any color you can imagine!
So enjoy this recipe for Homemade Sprinkles from MarthaStewart.com and go sprinkle something!
Homemade Decorative Sprinkles
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pink, peach, and fuchsia gel food coloring
1. Combine sugar, 2 tablespoons water, corn syrup, and vanilla in a small bowl. Stir until mixture has consistency of glue, adding more water if necessary, 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Divide into 3 small bowls; tint with food coloring as desired.
2. Transfer lightest-colored mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a small pastry tip (such as Ateco #2). Pipe long, thin lines onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Fill pastry bag with medium-colored mixture; repeat piping. Fill pastry bag with darkest-colored mixture; repeat piping. Let stand, uncovered, until very firm, at least overnight. Once lines are dry, break enough into small pieces for 1/3 cup; keep remaining sprinkles long for garnish.