Homemade Colored Sugar...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Who doesn't use colored sugar this time of year?

We all know those EXPENSIVE little bottles you can buy from the grocery store.
I found this recipe on line on a few different sites and
thought it looked so easy, why not try it?

We all use colored sugar all year round for different reasons,
but there never seems to be enough in the house during
the Christmas baking season.

AND those bottles from the grocery store are so little.
I mean really little.
This homemade recipe for colored sugar makes a good
amount of sugar and if stored properly, will last a long time.  

Red and Green Colored Sugar...

Homemade Colored Sugar is perfect for Christmas baking and so easy to put together!


Clear sparkling sugar or regular sugar (I used regular sugar)
Gel food coloring, not liquid
1/4 tsp. cornstarch

Place 1 cup of sugar in a ziplock plastic bag.
Add the GEL food coloring, beginning with 1 or 2 drops.
I ended up using around 6 drops for a nice red color.

Seal up the ziplock bag and start kneading the food GEL into the sugar.
After the color is even distributed, add the 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch
and continue to knead until everything is incorporated.

Cornstarch will NOT affect the taste, it will just keep the sugar from clumping together...

Now that everything is distributed evenly, spread the colored sugar onto a baking sheet
and let it dry for about 30 minutes...

I found after it dried that there were still small "clumps" of the gel.
I placed all the sugar into a sieve and pushed it through with a spoon...

Green Colored Sugar...

Place in jars...


Sugar Cookies coming soon!

Enjoy your day!

If you need some cookie inspiration, please head over to DAILY DISH 
HERE for Christmas Cookies #1...

AND Christmas Cookies #2 HERE...


  1. Very cost effective way of getting the pretty colored sugars. Thanks for the tips!

  2. I am going to make some today! sandie

  3. You're right, colored sugar is expensive, but for whatever reason, I never thought to make my own. I like to use colored sugar around the rim of the glasses for get togethers and the red and green is perfect for the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a great idea!!


  5. Thanks Lois , this is a super sweet tip, I will not be buying colored sugar anymore, yours looks so much better! I spoke with my mom this morning and asked what she did yesterday, her reply was "I baked over 500 cookies," she preceded to name the different kinds, I also asked her how many she ate while doing all this baking, her reply was "two"! my reply was " You have more self control than I, as I would have consumed at least ten of each."lol.
    Thanks for sharing.
    p.s her self control explains her tiny waist.

  6. Very pretty! I bet this would be a fun project for kids too! Great for any holiday. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks for sharing the sugar recipe on FFF this week. NOW you do it, after I already bought some! lol
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  8. The is a great idea! Do you think using a sugar substitute like Splenda will work? I want to make these for friends who can't have a lot of sugar.

  9. What a great idea! My daughter loves using colored sugar on cookies and they are definitely expensive so I will be trying this one soon!

  10. What a nice post. I have made and posted sprinkles that I made so I must try to make some colored sugars. Thank you The sprinkles taste so much better then the purchased ones but a little time consuming and arm breaking!!!! andi

  11. Is there a shelf life on the sugar? thanks!