Want sprinkles without all of the chemicals? Then these are for you! Best of all, you can make them whatever color you want…and flavor them, too. (Adapted from this recipe.)
Yield 3/4 cup of sprinkles
1 egg white, at room temperature
8 ounces of organic confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of your favorite extract (I used almond, vanilla would also be good)
Natural food coloring, I recommend the India Tree brand
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the confectioner’s sugar with the egg white, salt, and extract. Mix with a spatula until the consistency of a thick paste.
Add approximately 6-10 drops of the natural food coloring to the bowl. You can also take the mixture and divide it between three bowls to make three different colors. More food coloring will yield a darker, richer color as a final result.
Scoop out one color of the mixture and place it in a pastry bag fitted with a very small tip. (You can also use a snack-sized Ziploc bag and snip off a tiny piece of one corner.) Applying firm pressure, squeeze long, thin lines of the paste onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Make sure each line doesn’t touch another!
Repeat with the remaining colors, if you’re doing more than one.
Let the lines dry overnight, or preferably for at least 24 hours. Once the time is elapsed, transfer the dried lines of paste to a cutting board and chop into sprinkle-sized pieces. Use immediately and store in a cool, dry place–these melt when exposed to warm temperatures.