How to Make Dye-free Sugar Sprinkles

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It’s easy to do!

Making dye-free sugar sprinkles is super easy!  Perhaps you have kids who are sensitive to dyes like Red #40, or maybe you just want to eat less highly processed foods. Either way, this recipe is for YOU!

Several years ago, my family started eating more whole foods, and my daughter started a gluten and dairy free diet.  In our house, we love to bake – especially during the holidays. We couldn’t find festive sprinkles for our Christmas cookies that didn’t have dyes in them, so I decided to make them. We make these sprinkles for every holiday and my kids help out – they like to experiment with making different colors.

Dye free sugar sprinkles
Using organic, granulated sugar

I learned that the larger crystals of turbinado sugar work best, but I’ve also used granulated organic sugar.  We don’t use refined, white sugar.

Cookie with dye free sprinkles
Using turbinado sugar

I use India Tree food coloring which makes more natural looking dye-free sprinkles. We found this at our local grocery store, but it’s also available online.  McCormick also offers their “Colors of nature” food coloring that is readily available in grocery stores. I’ve used both, and like them equally.

Dye free food coloring

As you can see, the India Tree colors are a bit more muted than typical food dye, but I think they look great on our cut out cookies, and the kids love them. (I love that there’s no Red #40)

dye free sprinkles

I use organic sugar which sometimes will make the colors a bit more earthy too, as organic sugar tends to be more brown than bright white refined sugar. Personally, I love the earthy tones!

Sugar Sprinkles, Dye Free

How to make Dye-Free sugar sprinkles
Prep Time10 minutes
Author: Tumble into Love


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • India Tree Food Coloring Or other non-dye, organic food coloring


  • Place 1/4 cup of (granulated) sugar into a bowl.
  • Add food coloring, 2 drops at a time and mix until desired color/shade.
  • Use immediately or store in an air-tight container.

See?  Super quick and easy to make.  Best of all, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your treats are dye free!  Add these dye free sugar sprinkles to gluten free, dairy free cut out cookies

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