Edible Glitter/Colored Sugar

I have been seeing on Pinterest a lot about edible glitter lately and so I decided to give it a try. I really never found a complete step-by-step tutorial so I had to do one myself. It was easy to do. I must say it didn’t turn out completely “sparkly” like I originally thought. But after doing some Google searches, I found that everyone else’s turned out like mine. So I’m happy I didn’t mess it up completely. It’s more of colored sugar than glitter. My daughter helped me a lot with this one. I think this would look super cute with margaritas and daiquiris around the rim of the glass.

Here is what you need to get started:

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Measure out 1/3 cup of sugar and dump it into a bowl or container. Add fifteen drops of food coloring into the sugar

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Stir the food coloring and sugar together really well. The food coloring clumps so you have to make sure you mix it thoroughly. I found smashing it while stirring helped a lot to make the sugar fully covered.

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Next, spread the sugar out onto the cookie sheet. Once you have completed all the colors you want to mix, you can arrange them on the sheet like I did so that it’s still spread out but they are not touching.

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Place the cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for ten minutes.

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Once the timer goes off, take the cookie sheet out and use a spoon to scrap off the sugar. The sugar is hard and it will break off in chunks. Place the chunks of sugar into a container.

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Using the spoon, mash up the clumps of sugar until it is fine and grainy like sugar granules again. The pour the sugar into a container you want to use as storage. I chose a cupcake baking cup {just for aesthetics}.


Do that for each color you would like to use. I used the four colors that came in the box to start with.


Now, sprinkle on the sugar {glitter} onto cookies and decorate as you please. My daughter took this part over and started going a bit overboard. But she had lots of fun. And it was delicious as well!

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  1. Very Cute! Who doesn't love colored stuff! Thanks for linking up at Frugal Fit Family Friday Linky Party www.leahinspired.com

  2. This is Too awesome!!!! I am making this TONIGHT! It is a great way to decorate and that stuff is so expensive at the store!! L-O-V-E it!!! Thanks for sharing at Frugalfitfamily!!! My kids are more excited to make this than to eat it I think!

  3. Wow what a cool idea! And so simple, thanks for sharing!

  4. What an absolute genius idea. Thanks for sharing.

  5. That's awesome. I've seen this all over the internet, but this is the first tutorial I've seen. Well done!

  6. Wow this looks just like the sanding sugar you buy. Great tutorial!

    I'd love for you to share this at my linky party, Manic Monday. It runs Sunday through Thursday.

    Renea - http://cupcake-n-bake.blogspot.com