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A glass bowl fillerd with colorful homemade sprinkles.

Homemade Sprinkles

Beautiful homemade sprinkles are beyond easy and can be made with just a few ingredients.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Drying time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16 people
Calories 48kcal


  • Piping bag and tip or plastic sandwich bag


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 2 tbsp water cool
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • Gel food coloring


  • Sift the a cup of the powdered sugar into a large bowl then add the corn syrup, vanilla if using, then add 1 1/2 tablespoons of water and beat until smooth. You can add more water a teaspoon at a time if needed.
  • Once smooth sift in the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and mix until combined. The final consistency should be thick but pipeable.
  • Divide the icing into batches if you're making different colored sprinkles then mix in food coloring until the desired color is reached.
  • Transfer to piping bags either fitted with 3, 4, or 5 tips, or with the tip snipped off then pipe lines onto a sheet of parchment paper and set aside to dry out overnight.
  • Once dry you can cut the sprinkles into pieces and store in an airtight container until ready to use.



  • To pipe straight lines keep the tip half an inch above the paper; squeeze and pull forward.
  • Add a bit more food coloring than you think you need. The sprinkles will fade a bit as they dry.
  • No piping tip? No Problem! Just snip the tip off of a plastic sandwich bag or roll a piece of parchment paper into a piping bag.
  • This is a great activity to do with kids. If little ones are helping you in the kitchen just have them break the sprinkles with their hands instead of using a knife. It's more fun and safer.
  • You can easily double this recipe for a larger batch. The sprinkles keep for quite a while so it's nice to have some on hand.
  • Pipe lots of small dots for confetti sprinkles. 


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 12g