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Several years ago, my family started eating more whole foods, and my daughter started a gluten and dairy free diet. One of the hardest things to find were festive sprinkles for our Christmas cookies that didn’t have dyes in them.
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; the colors will be more vibrant against white sugar than brown, organic sugar.
I use India Tree food coloring
The colors are a bit more muted than food dye, but I think they look great on our cut out cookies, and the kids love them.
India Tree Food Coloring
Place 3 to 4 TBSP of (granulated) sugar into a bowl. Add food coloring, 2 drops at a time and mix until desired color/shade. Can be stored in an air-tight container.