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Homemade Sprinkles Recipe

Learn how to make homemade sprinkles for all your baked goods with this tasty recipe and simple tutorial!
Prep Time5 mins
Drying Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking
Servings: 50 servings
Calories: 15kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • food coloring


  • Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl with corn syrup, vanilla, and 1.5 tbsp of water. Beat until smooth, adding more water as needed. Once smooth, add the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
    mixing frosting in a clear glass bowl
  • Divide the batch into separate bowls for each color you'll be using, then add your desired amount of food coloring to each bowl and mix well. I always add more food coloring than I think I need because the colors will fade a bit as they dry.
    mixing colors of royal icing
  • Transfer to piping bags or sandwich baggies. This royal icing is a little bit on the thicker side, so I put the sandwich baggies inside a cup to help keep the bag sturdy while trying to fill it with frosting.
    adding frosting to a piping bag
  • Pipe your desired shape of sprinkles onto a sheet of wax paper.
    piping lines on wax paper to make sprinkles
  • Let your icing dry overnight, or for 10-12 hours. If you're making confetti shapes, simply sweep them off the wax paper and they're ready to go. For rod shapes, gather them in bunches and get ready for the fun part!
    lines of frosting to make sprinkles
  • Starting at one end, squeeze the lines of dried icing so they break into tiny pieces. Make them short, long, whatever size you'd like!
    braking dried frosting to make homemade sprinkles
  • Add your sprinkles to frosted baked goods and you're good to go. You can store all the extras in an airtight container until ready to use, up to one year.
    decorated cupcakes with hearts and sprinkles


Calories: 15kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg