Sanding Sugar You Can Make at Home

If you like to keep sanding sugar in your pantry, making your own is the way to go. This Colored sanding sugar recipe is only two ingredients and stays fresh practically forever!

Sanding Sugar 

Yellow, green, pink, and red colored sanding sugar in glass bowls.

In my opinion you can never have too many colors of sanding sugar in your pantry! And with this homemade recipe, the options are endless!

Even better, it only takes 15 minutes to make and lasts just about forever. I always make a big batch in a few colors and then separate it out into some air-tight jars.

My rainbow of sugar just keeps growing and it’s so fun every time I make cupcakes, cookies, cakes and more to add this fun topping.

All you need is sugar and gel food coloring and your colored sanding sugar is ready to go!

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Colored Sanding Sugar

Sanding sugar is so easy to make you won’t believe it! I love that I can make my own perfect colored sprinkles in 15 minutes or less. 

Ingredients

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How to Make Sanding Sugar

Don’t forget to download the full printable recipe below so you can print it out and use it whenever you feel like making this delicious recipe!

  • To make this super simple sanding sugar, start by preheating the oven to 250 degrees. 
  • Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and set it aside.
  • Next, add the sugar and one drop of gel food coloring to the base of your food processor. 
  • Mix the sugar and coloring on high for about 30-45 seconds
  • Pour the sugar mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it out to a thin even layer. 
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the tray from the oven and allow the mixture to cool for at least 15 minutes before using. 

Tips Tricks and FAQs 

  • You’ll really want to use gel food coloring instead of liquid food coloring for colored sanding sugar. Liquid food coloring just has too much moisture and doesn’t work the same when you mix it with the sugar. Gel coloring will coat the outside of the sugar granules without letting any of them dissolve.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can do this same process in a plastic storage bag. Place the sugar and the food coloring into the bag and squish and shake it until the color is completely mixed into the sugar. This is a great job for a little helper if you have one handy! You may need to use a sifter to sift the sugar to make sure that it is free of clumps before baking.
  • Get creative with your colors! You can mix together several gel colors to try and get your perfect shade. You can also experiment with how much coloring you add to make it more or less vibrant. 

Storage

The great thing about this recipe is that storage is so easy and will last forever! Just follow the use-by date on your sugar.

I like to store my colored sanding sugar in glass jars with an extra tight lid to avoid any clumping! But you can store it in any airtight container or bag.

How to Use Colored Sanding Sugar

Sanding sugar is so great! It can be used as a simple sprinkle to top off cakes or cupcakes. Or you can press it into sugar cookies and other pastries before baking to add a sweet colorful crunch!

More Easy Recipe

Be sure to pin this sanding sugar recipe so you can make later!

Yield: 1 cup

Sanding Sugar

If you like having sanding sugar in your pantry, this recipe is the way to go. This Colored sanding sugar recipe is only two ingredients and stays fresh practically forever!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Gel food colors
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. To make this super simple sanding sugar, start by preheating the oven to 250 degrees. 
  2. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and set it aside.
  3. Next, add the sugar and one drop of gel food coloring to the base of your food processor. 
  4. Mix the sugar and coloring on high for about 30-45 seconds
  5. Pour the sugar mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it out to a thin even layer. 
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the mixture to cool for at least 15 minutes before using. 

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