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Homemade Sprinkles

Make Homemade Sprinkles with only a few ingredients. Customize the color combinations, shapes and lengths. Make big batches and give them as gifts!
Prep Time30 mins
Drying Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: custom sprinkles, sprinkles
Servings: 24 (Makes 2 1/2 cups of sprinkles)
Calories: 78kcal
Cost: $6


To Make the Sprinkle Base:

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 6 tablespoons water divided

The Pale Peach Color:

  • 1 teeny tiny drop of brown

The Mauve Color:

  • 2 teeny drops brown
  • 2 teeny drops pink
  • 1 teeny tiny drop blue
  • 1 teeny tiny drop red
  • 1 teeny tiny drop black



  • Line 3 to 4 baking sheets with parchment paper. Figure out how many colors you would like to make and fit the piping tips to the piping bags. If you’re like me and only have one #2 piping tip, then you might have to do one colored-batch at a time.
  • I found the best piping tips to use were #2 from Wilton—it’s small and round. (There are other brands that have sizes are similar to their #2.)

To Make the Sprinkle Base:

  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the whisk attachment, add the meringue powder, powdered sugar and 5-6 tablespoons of water. Beat for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary. It should be pretty thick but if it’s super dry, then add a teaspoon or two of water and beat once more until smooth. This will depend on the moisture in the air. Most days I have to add an additional one to two tablespoons of water. You want the consistency to be like toothpaste.
  • Divide the sprinkle base into three bowls (or however many colors you’re making).

To Make the Pale Peach Color:

  • Since I use food coloring gels, I like to use a toothpick to help me take out a small drop/swipe of food coloring and adding it to the bases. And then obviously used spoons to mix them in.
  • Add a swipe of brown and mix until smooth. If it isn’t dark enough, you can add an additional swipe or two of brown. The color should be peach/baby orange.

To Make the Mauve Color:

  • Add all of those colors to one of the bowls to make the mauve color. Mix until smooth.

To Pipe Out the Sprinkles:

  • Add the first color to the piping bag that’s fitted with the piping tip. Pipe out long lines, doing the best you can with making them straight. Even if they’re a little crooked, it doesn’t matter since we’re gonna chop them up.
  • Repeat with the other colors: white and mauve. Allow to dry for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Chop the lines of meringue mixture in 1/4th of an inch sprinkle pieces. Mix all the colors together and use as you like. I divided them into little bottles and put them on everything from these ice cream cones to cakes!


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 20g | Iron: 1mg