Easy Homemade Sprinkles

Fun sprinkles for your cakes and cupcakes, that are incredibly easy to make at home.

Kids are on spring break and that means more screen time. In an attempt to cut down, we’ve been taking them out and fixing up more hang outs with friends but, they like to be occupied every minute of their day and many a times that gets challenging for parents. So, I resort to my kitchen to come up with some fun activities. One such activity that got them super excited and kept them occupied for hours was making sprinkles.

How fun are these? Sprinkles are available in all shapes and sizes, but it can be very easily made at home with no-fancy-equipment. A great project for kids of all ages. They love it…mine and all their friends had a blast making fun shapes and getting in touch with their artistic side.

Sprinkles can be made with just confectioners sugar, raw egg white, water and food color. However, there is a risk of salmonella due to use of raw egg whites, so it can be replaced with meringue powder. Meringue powder is made from dried egg whites and with some cornstarch and gums. They are very easily available at Michaels / Jo-Ann or online.

Using egg whites or meringue powder, the recipe is very simple and straightforward. Using a spoon, stir all ingredients together until smooth, transfer to a freezer safe ziplock bag (freezer safe bag gives more stability due to the thickness, but a regular bag should work as well). The mixture can also be transferred to a icing bag and piped using a small round tip. I preferred to use a ziplock bag to maintain the simplicity of the recipe.




Stir confectioners sugar, egg white or meringue powder, water together until very thick. The consistency has to be very thick, thicker than craft glue)……

Stir together a dash a food color gel of your choice….

Spoon mixture into a freezer safe ziplock bag, snip off a very small corner and pipe on a parchment paper.

Let air-dry for 1-3 days. The recipe with meringue tends to dry faster than the one with egg whites. Though the sprinkles look dry after overnight, it will continue to harden. So, let it dry for up to 3 days. Store in a covered container or ziplock bag for many days.





Notes-

-Always begin with less water than you need and slowly add by 1/2 teaspoon increments to get the thick consistency. However, if the mixture gets thinner, then stir in a touch more confectioners sugar to thicken.

-Food color gel is very thick and will not thin the mixture

-As you can see from the pictures, sprinkles can be made  with any color or thickness.


Skill level – Easy

Easy Homemade Sprinkles with meringue powder

Ingredients:

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon meringue powder

1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon water (refer notes)

food color (refer notes)

Preparation:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2.  Stir together confectioners sugar, meringue powder and water to make a very thick icing (begin with 1 tablespoon water and slowly add more if required), refer pictures for the consistency.

3. Add a dash a food color gel of your choice and stir until smooth.

4. Spoon icing into a small ziplock bag, snip off the corner and pipe lines onto the parchment paper.

5. Let air dry at room temperature for 1-3 days.

6. Break into pieces or chop with knife to make regular sprinkles.

Makes 1-2 cup sprinkles


Easy Homemade Sprinkles with egg whites

Ingredients:

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon raw egg white

3/4 – 1 tablespoon (refer notes)

food color (refer notes)

Preparation:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2.  Stir together confectioners sugar, egg white and water to make a very thick icing (begin with 3/4 tablespoon water and slowly add more if required), refer pictures for the consistency.

3. Add a dash a food color gel of your choice and stir until smooth.

4. Spoon icing into a small ziplock bag, snip off the corner and pipe lines onto the parchment paper.

5. Let air dry at room temperature for 1-3 days.

6. Break into pieces or chop with knife to make regular sprinkles.

Makes 1-2 cup sprinkles

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