Brighten Up Your Desserts with Homemade Sprinkles

Hand sprinkling sprinkles on cookies
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

In our humble opinion, there are few things in life that can’t be improved with the addition of sprinkles. For major celebrations and casual baking alike, the color and crunch that sprinkles provide can make any sweet treat feel more festive. That said, store-bought sprinkles are often made with weird preservatives and artificial ingredients that take much of the fun out of funfetti, so we prefer to make our own. Here’s how:


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Natural food coloring, store-bought or:
  • Beetroot powder for pink, turmeric for yellow, matcha for green, butterfly pea powder for blue
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, egg white, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt until it forms a thick, smooth icing.
  2. Divide the icing into separate bowls for each color you’d like. If using liquid store-bought food coloring, add 1 drop at a time and mix until you achieve the desired color intensity. For powders, powders, add ⅛ tsp at a time.
  3. Prepare piping bags with small round tips. If you don’t have tips, you can snip a small hole in the corner of each bag.
  4. Fill each piping bag with a different colored icing.
  5. Line a tray with parchment paper. Hold the piping bag above the tray and squeeze small lines or dots onto the paper. Repeat with other colors.
  6. Allow the sprinkles to dry at room temperature for several hours or until firm to the touch.
  7. Once dry, gently break up the lines into bite-sized pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  9. Enjoy on cupcakes, cookies, or any dessert that needs a colorful touch!