Edible Glitter

I was one of those children whose mother had to keep an eye out on.  Yes, I did attempt to eat glitter (though glue was too yucky), and now that I’ve found this recipe I think my little mind must’ve been on to something.  This is something potentially fun to make for decorating for holidays (I’m thinking ornament cookies or sparkly Easter egg cookies), but it’s also much cheaper than the store-bought colored sugar.

Edible Glitter

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid food coloring

Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix the food coloring and sugar together until well combined and spread onto a baking sheet.  Bake the colored sugar for 10 minutes and then store in an airtight container.

Some notes to help:

  • Only use granulated white sugar or crystalline sugar (think Sugar in the Raw) for this.  Brown sugar is too moist and powdered sugar won’t sparkle.
  • Use only liquid food coloring as gel food coloring may burn and/or discolor the sugar.  Plus it’s really difficult to mix into the sugar.
  • Parchment paper will make cleanup much easier.
  • You can mix colors together to make multicolored glitter or keep the colors separate.
  • I would suggest saving used, clean shake top spice jars to help you dispense your glitter and keep it safe from moisture.

If children eat this you won’t have to worry as much about hard metals or if they lick their fingers while helping mommy and daddy bake.  Have fun making your baked good sparkle!  🙂

— Sarah

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