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Natural Decorating Sugar

November/December 2013

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This natural decorating sugar recipe replaces artificial food coloring with fruit juice or natural dyes to produce colorful sanding sugar perfect for creating beautiful cookies.


Natural Decorating Sugar Recipe

Makes: About 1/3 cup, to garnish 4 to 5 dozen medium cookies

Serving Size: 1 teaspoon

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup clear crystal sugar, white sparkling sugar or sanding sugar (see Tips), divided
  • 1 teaspoon frozen (thawed) cranberry, orange or Concord grape juice concentrate or natural liquid dye (see Tips)

Preparation

  1. Place sugar in a small bowl. Stir in juice concentrate (or dye) until evenly blended. Adjust color with more additions as desired.
  2. Spread the colored sugar in a thin layer on a small parchment-lined baking sheet. Turn on the oven to 350°F for 2 minutes, then immediately turn it off. (The warm oven dries the sugar, but too much heat will burn it.) Let the sugar stand in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate colored sugar airtight for up to 1 year.
  • Tips:
  • Find clear (or white) sanding sugar (aka sparkling or coarse sugar) in well-stocked baking stores, gourmet food shops or online at kingarthurflour.com.
  • Find a rainbow of natural liquid dyes plus a rainbow of already-dyed decorating sugars at chocolatecraftkits.com.

Nutrition

Per teaspoon: 7 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 1 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 0


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