Dye-free sugar sprinkles

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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.

Dye free sprinkles
Using granulated organic 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; the colors will be more vibrant against white sugar than brown, organic sugar.

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Using larger crystals – turbinado sugar

I use India Tree food coloring
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.


Granulated sugar
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.


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