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To make the sprinkle batter, sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch until there are no lumps. Slowly add the milk until you reach a thick enough consistency to pipe (similar to frosting). This will give you about ½ cup batter. At this point, separate the batter into small bowls if different colors are prefered, and color each differently with the food coloring.

To make jimmies: Using a 1/16-inch pastry tip for your pastry bag, pipe out long lines (in various colors) of the batter onto a parchment lined-baking sheet. Let the batter harden completely (about 24 hours), and then cut into jimmy-sized sprinkles, about ¼-inch thick.

To make circles: Using the same pastry tip, pipe out rows of dots (in various colors) and let dry.

To make hearts: Using the same pastry tip, draw tiny hearts onto the parchment.

Homemade Sprinkles - Recipes

Sprinkles are rarely an option. Those colorful little bits of sugar and crunch can make just about any dessert as vibrant and fun as it should be. Today, I’m going to teach you how to make homemade sprinkles. True, there’s tons of varieties at the stores, but sometimes you need an extra-special color. You may be looking for a specific size or color combination, and making them from scratch is shockingly simple. If you’re up for the challenge, let’s dive in!

You maybe asking yourself why would anyone need to make homemade sprinkles? Well, there are couple of reasons :

  • You ran out of sprinkles.
  • Maybe you need specific colors to match your project.
  • A food allergy? You can make your own vegan sprinkles using Vegan Royal Icing.
  • Or you’d like to use sprinkles colored with natural food colors? Make your own with natural food dyes.


To make confetti sprinkles I used royal icing, small polka dot stencil and a parchment sheet. To spread icing over a stencil you can use a spatula or an icing spreader. Spread icing evenly over the stencil.

Place a stencil on a parchment paper, (step 1). Pipe medium thick royal icing onto a spatula or a spreader, (step 2). Spread icing over the stencil, while you hold stencil in place with your other hand. Then carefully lift up the stencil, hold the edge of the parchment down. And repeat. No need to wash down the stencil.

TIP : Trick to make stenciled sprinkles is to not spread icing too thin nor too thick. Spread it took thick and stenciled shapes will have rough, raised edges. If you spread it too thin sprinkles bread easily. Try to spread it so icing layer is just thick enough that you can’t see stencil cutouts underneath.


It’s important to let icing dry thoroughly before removing sprinkles from the parchment. Allow to dry for 6-8 hours.


To remove dry royal icing rounds from the parchment use a spatula or simple remove sprinkles with fingers. Collect them into a bowl.


Store homemade sprinkles in small containers or jars, away from direct sunlight and moisture.


Use homemade sprinkles to decorate cookies, cakes, cupcakes. Or use them to fill Donut Pinata Cookies. Possibilities are endless.

Create your own, mermaid, Christmas or rainbow sprinkles by mixing sprinkles of different colors together.


Absolutely. Get creative and make star sprinkles, hearts, leaves, etc.


Royal icing sprinkles just basically Royal Icing Transfers. And these can keep for a very long time. They will keep for years when stored properly. However, I find that color tends to fade overtime (over 1-2 years).


  • Find all the tools you need in my Amazon Shop
  • Small Polka Dot Stencil (look in stencils section in my amazon shop)
  • Spatula or Spreader
  • Food Gel Colors – to color royal icing
  • Natural Food Colors
  • Parchment or Wax Paper
  • Online Stencil Shops : Stencibelle, Cookie Countess

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Vegan or Gluten-free Homemade Sprinkles

Sure you can! Vegan is easy. Just use a vegan sugar and substitute almond or coconut milk for the milk in the recipe. This recipe is already gluten-free, so no adjustments are necessary. If you want to go sugar-free, you can use a sugar substitute like stevia or monk fruit. Use a very light hand with the spray for the first recipe. Spray lightly, allow to dry, then spray some more to get more color. For the second recipe, you can use stevia or monk fruit, but you’ll need to add some arrowroot powder to add body. You’ll need to experiment to see what works best for you.

Bonus: Colored Coconut!

One of my favorite cookies is these coconut balls that my aunt Val used to make every year around the holidays. They had dates and sugar and rum and were coated with coconut. My sister started making them last year and they are still just as good. Making them with colored coconut is just a fun bonus!

  • Make your dye water as above and place it in the spray bottle. Lay your coconut out on a cookie sheet, making the layer even. Spray lightly with the colored spray. Toss to coat and spray again. Let dry, then spray again if necessary. Let dry really well, then store in an airtight container.
  • Use this coconut as you would any other coconut, like in the cookies above.

Ready to make some cookies? Get out your naturally colored homemade sprinkles!

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Homemade Sprinkles Are Exclamation-Worthy!

Sprinkles may seem like an elusive confection that can only be bought at a grocery store, but what if you could learn the secret of creating your own at home? Enter in a recipe for homemade sprinkles in the new cookbook Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts by Jackie Alpers. Her method of sprinkle-making is fascinating and fairly easy.

These jimmies, as they're affectionately called, use a royal icing base. The icing dries to create the sheen and crunch factor that we love in sprinkles. I divided the batch into a few bowls and generously dyed them an assortment of colors. When adding food coloring, keep in mind that when the sprinkles dry, they will be lighter in color than the icing itself.

Transfer the icing to piping bags, fitted with a round No. 1 or No. 2 tip, or for faster piping, try this handy multiopening tip. I recommend using parchment paper or wax paper, as nonstick silicone mats will leave a hatch-mark pattern on the bottom of the sprinkles once they have dried. Take a closer look at the yellow sprinkles to see what I mean. Once the sprinkles have dried, cut them using a knife or simply break them up using your hands. You will have several cups' worth of sprinkles . . . quite possibly enough to last you three or four sprinkle-packed cupcake batches.

In addition to this recipe, the cookbook also features pages of other flawless sprinkle-studded recipes, including a recipe for "confetti layer cake," a spongy white cake with rainbow sprinkles swirled into the batter, as well as an atypical buttercream frosting that calls for the addition of whipping cream, resulting in a lighter texture.

"Happiness is rainbow sprinkles," the introduction of the book declares, and I quite agree. Sprinkles make life much more radiant.

Prepare to enter sprinkle heaven.

Homemade Sprinkles

My husband is obsessed with sprinkles. His favorite cake is actually funfetti because he loves sprinkles so much (a little surprising for a foodie, but it&rsquos true). Have you ever eaten store-bought sprinkles though? They taste disgusting! My &ldquochildhood self&rdquo remembers them tasting ok, but my &ldquoadult self&rdquo hates them. To have some sprinkles in the house that I could actually eat, I decided to make my own homemade sprinkles.

Benefits for making your own sprinkles:
  1. You can make them any color your heart desires. Do you need a certain shade of blue to go with your theme, but the store doesn&rsquot sell that color? No problem&hellipmake your own!
  2. You can use any kind of coloring you want. Do you like vibrant colors? You can use gel food coloring to get deep sprinkle colors. Do you prefer to use natural food coloring because you want to avoid dyes? Then this recipe is perfect because you can use natural food coloring.
  3. You can customize the shape of your sprinkles. Do you have jimmies but you wanted circles? Would a heart sprinkle be perfect for a Valentine&rsquos Day cookie? This recipe can be piped into as many shapes and designs as you can imagine.
  4. You can add flavoring to the sprinkles. Would mint flavored sprinkles be the perfect addition to your chocolate cupcake? Maybe you want each color to have its own flavor? It&rsquos easy to customize the flavor of sprinkles with different flavored extracts. Just a reminder, a little goes a long way.
  5. You get some bragging rights. Who wouldn&rsquot be impressed by homemade sprinkles?

Whatever your reason, you can follow the tutorial below for your own homemade sprinkles!

When making sprinkle chips, you need to dollop your mixture onto your silicone mat - I do not recommend parchment paper for making the chips.

Use a bench scraper to spread the mixture evenly across the mat into a thin layer. Work quickly because the sprinkle base dries quickly when spread out like this and you will get a grainy texture instead of something smooth and inviting.

If your mixture does dry before you can get a nice layer, heating it briefly with a blow dryer should help, but only in an emergency.

For best results, cover your bowls of sprinkle base as you work to prevent the tops from drying out.

These recipes make approximately 2 baking mat's worth of sprinkle chips

The Naughty or Nice Cookbook is officially PUBLISHED!

The Naughty or Nice Cookbook is a collection of 70 healthy dessert recipes — from cookies to cake to pie to ice cream, and more! One bite and you’ll be asking, “Is this naughty or is this nice?”

I know I should probably say I love ALL the recipes in the book the same, but there’s just something about s p r i n k l e s that make me so happy. Like, so, so happy.

Homemade Sprinkles

You’d be surprised how easy it is to make your own homemade sprinkles! Customize your own colors, shapes, and lengths.

  • Author: Karlee Flores
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1 x


1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Wilton tip or ateco 2 tip


Mix all ingredients together with a fork until you get a thick consistency. The mixture should not break easily when lifting with a fork. It should resemble a thick glue.

Add drops of food coloring until desired color is reached.

Place in a piping bag with tip and pipe long lines of the sugar mixture. Set aside to set for at least 12 hours then cut with a knife to the desired lengths.

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Sprinkles Uses

Sprinkles are used to top all sorts of desserts, including ice cream, cookies, cakes, and doughnuts. The only requirement is that the dessert has a somewhat sticky surface—like frosting𠅏or the sprinkles to adhere to.

They’re typically added right before serving as a decorative touch, but they are sometimes included in the baking process. For example, you mix sprinkles into the batter for confetti cake. As the cake bakes, the sprinkles dissolve and create colorful dots that look like confetti.

Sprinkles also have different uses around the world: In the Netherlands and Belgium, chocolate sprinkles are often used as a sandwich topping.

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