Colored sugar can be easily baked to make edible glitter! This is a SUPER fun recipe to make with the kids to decorate cakes and cookies etc. And, you save $$ in the process! Individually colored sprinkle jars will run anywhere between $1-$5 per color, depending on size and where you shop! I was just looking online recently, and found that 5 grams of “Disco Dust” (Fine edible glitter) will cost you approximately $5-$10 on Amazon and in stores, depending on the color! Now, while Disco Dust definitely gives a super glitzy-glam and over-the-top sparkly appearance and really does look amazingly beautiful, you are not actually supposed to eat it! Even tho most state they are non-toxic, you are actually supposed to remove it before serving & are really just to be used as decorative/accent pieces. Unless you can verify that you are purchasing and using an FDA approved, safe “edible glitter”, I think it’s best to stick to what is edible unless you are doing something super fancy-schmancy!
So now, the fun begins… The recipe amounts really just depend on how much sugar you want/need per color. You can always tweak it to the amounts you need. Start with a few drops of food coloring, add 1-2 drops at a time afterwards to achieve color. However, if you make super small or super big batches, just make sure you keep an eye on it as it bakes so you do not over bake the sugar.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar OR Sugar In The Raw (* I used both! Granulated sugar will achieve a finer glitter look, and raw sugar will look like larger glitter)
- 1/2 tsp (approx., to start) food coloring (any color); you can add more to the batch after mixing, if you want to make the colors more vibrant
- Aluminum foil – You will easily form these into long “wells” to hold the sugar (this process makes it easier to bake multiple colors at once, without the colors mixing)
- Preheat oven to 180°F.
- In a small bowl, add the sugar and food coloring. Use a spoon, knife or small spatula to mix color in, until thoroughly combined.
- Spread colored sugar into your aluminum foil wells and then place them on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 5-10 minutes. You do not want to wait too long, or it will melt! Keep an eye on it, if it starts to glisten before the 5-10 minutes, that means it is ready to come out of the oven!
- Once cooled, you can start to sprinkle away!
- Store unused colors in an air tight container, for later use. Keep in a cool/dry space.
I would LOVE to see what you decorate with this! Let me know by commenting or posting a picture to my FB page!