Now that I’ve confessed my love of sanding sugar, I guess it’s okay to tell you how deep the obsession really runs. After seeing my collection, you’d think I have enough, right?
But I’m not one for stopping at enough. I’m an above and beyond kind of girl.
If for some reason I don’t have sanding sugar in the color I need, I make my own.
Here’s what you need:
- clear sparkling sugar, which can be found HERE
- gel food coloring like Wilton or Americolor
- heavy duty zip top bag
- cookie sheet lined with waxed paper
To begin, pour 1/2 a cup of sugar into the zip to bag and add a bit of color. Start with a drop or two at the most. A little goes a long way!
and like this the longer you knead.
Because of the cornstarch, my DIY sugar isn’t AS sparkly as Americolor sugar, but it still has a nice sparkle and looks great on cookies. Navy, turquoise, and lime green are the shades I’ve used most, along with warm brown, electric purple, and salmon pink.
A few tips for those who want to try this project…
- If you need a very soft shade, use Wilton gel colors and a toothpick
- Sometimes the grocery store carries “sparkling” sugar but in my experience, it’s usually only available around major holidays, but it’s worth a looksie
- regular sugar does not work as well for this because the grains are smaller than I like
- when making custom colored sugar you CAN mix gel colors
- keep the color intensity by using as little cornstarch as possible
- Use heavy duty bags because the sugar granules can break through thinner ones
- Even though it’s a cool trick, never tell your husband about this or he will bring it up any time another bag of sanding sugar arrives at your door
- If you’re not sure how to apply sanding sugar to a cookie, click HERE
DIY sanding sugar is also great for people on a budget or with limited storage space. Try this. You’ll be hooked!