Colored Sanding Sugar for Cookie & Cupcake Decorating

Colored Sanding Sugar for Cookie & Cupcake Decorating created by mersaydees

This isn't a recipe so much as it is a method. If you keep coarse sugar (turbinado, or AA-grade large crystal coarse sugar) around and don't want to buy colored sugar, this is the method for making colored sanding sugar-- gel food dye is the best for this but I also included instructions for the liquid food coloring you can pick up in most grocery stores. (1 serving = 1 tablespoon)

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10mins
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ingredients

  • SUGAR REGARDLESS OF METHOD

  • 1 cup coarse turbinado sugar
  • GEL FOOD DYE METHOD

  • gel food coloring (just a teeny dab! a little goes a long way)
  • water, a couple drops
  • LIQUID FOOD DYE METHOD

  • 4 -10 drops food coloring

directions

  • If using the GEL METHOD:

  • Put the sugar into a bowl.
  • On a spoon, put a little dab of the color(s) you want to use. A little goes a long way; gel colors stain much more deeply than liquid.
  • With a toothpick or the tines of a fork, mix the dab with a few drops of water-- no more than 4-5 drops of so. Be really careful with this step because if there's too little water, it won't diffuse enough. Too much water and the color won't stick. I like using a medicine dropper for this.
  • Carefully stir the spoon into the bowl of sugar, mixing thoroughly.
  • Shake the bowl occasionally to properly disperse the coloring.
  • Let the bowl of sugar sit in a safe area that is cool and dry for at least 10 minutes so the color can dry.
  • If using the LIQUID METHOD:

  • How many drops you use determine how deep you'd like the color to be or how many are required to get a certain hue. About 4-5 are medium shade depending on which one you use, ie you only need about 2 or 3 of red to get pink but about 8-10 for red.
  • Put the drops on a spoon, and mix thoroughly through the bowl of corase sugar.
  • Shake the bowl a few times to disperse all the dye. If it looks like "spotting", add another 2-3 drops of coloring to the spoon and mix again.
  • When you are satisfied with the color, let the bowl sit in a cool dry area for about 5-10 minutes to let the color seep in and dry.
  • FUN TIPS:

  • For rainbow sugar using the liquid dyes, don't put the dye on the spoon. Randomly put a few drops in the bowl and quickly stir it up, careful not to blend the colors together.
  • Put the sugar into separate bowls to get different colors instead of having to buy a whole container of colored sugar if you only want just a little bit.
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"This isn't a recipe so much as it is a method. If you keep coarse sugar (turbinado, or AA-grade large crystal coarse sugar) around and don't want to buy colored sugar, this is the method for making colored sanding sugar-- gel food dye is the best for this but I also included instructions for the liquid food coloring you can pick up in most grocery stores. (1 serving = 1 tablespoon)"
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  1. mersaydees
    Colored Sanding Sugar for Cookie & Cupcake Decorating Created by mersaydees
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  2. mersaydees
    This is easy peasy! This technique recipe allows you take control of your colored sugars! I used raw turbinado sugar that was yellow so the colors in my photo reflect a yellow base. Thanks the80srule, for a very clever and creative sanding sugar recipe! Made for Spring 2010 PAC.
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  3. the80srule
    This isn't a recipe so much as it is a method. If you keep coarse sugar (turbinado, or AA-grade large crystal coarse sugar) around and don't want to buy colored sugar, this is the method for making colored sanding sugar-- gel food dye is the best for this but I also included instructions for the liquid food coloring you can pick up in most grocery stores. (1 serving = 1 tablespoon)
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