I’m excited to share with you an unbelievably easy way to make sprinkles at home. Not only is this a fun do-it-yourself kitchen project, but it’s a great way to save a trip to the store when you don’t have sprinkles on hand (or when you don’t feel like getting our of your pajamas).
To make sprinkles at home, you will need:
Royal icing made from your favorite royal icing recipe
Gel food coloring
Piping bags, couplers, and #2 piping tips
A sharp knife
Add water to your royal icing (a tiny bit at a time) until your icing reaches a 30-count consistency. To test the consistency of your icing, slice a knife into the surface of the icing and count how long it takes the icing to fill back in and create a smooth surface. For 30-count consistency icing, you should be able to count “one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand…” to 30.
Separate the icing into smaller bowls, one bowl for each color of sprinkles you are making. Tint the icing with gel food coloring and load each color into a piping bag with a small tip.
Use your royal icing to draw lines on wax paper. If you want to separate your sprinkles by color, draw only lines of the same color next to each other. The lines should run parallel to each other and can be as long as you like. Set the royal icing lines aside to dry completely.
Peel the wax paper away from the icing and stack the royal icing lines together. Using a sharp nice, hack away at the icing until you have a pretty pile of sprinkles. Your homemade sprinkles will resemble jimmies, except the edges will be straight instead of rounded.