Make Your Own Sprinkles

Have you ever wanted to make your own sprinkles?  This easy recipe shows you how to make homemade sprinkles in a matter of minutes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword jimmies, make your own sprinkles, sprinkles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 20 servings (recipe yields about 1 1/2 cups sprinkles)
Calories 40kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp water not hot water
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or any flavor you prefer -- vanilla goes with pretty much anything, though)
  • Gel food coloring


  • In medium-sized bowl, stir together 1 cup powdered sugar, cornstarch, water, corn syrup and vanilla extract until well-combined.
  • Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  • Add food coloring and stir until well-combined and desired color is reached (remember, the more coloring you add the more you will be able to taste it in the final product).
  • Transfer mixture into a piping bag fitted with a #4 Wilton tip*.
  • Line two cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper and, using your piping bag, draw long, sprinkle-width horizontal lines across the paper. If desired, also make small dots (about the size of a pencil eraser) along the sides of the wax paper for some variety in shape.
  • Allow to set undisturbed for at least 12 hours to dry.
  • Once dried, peel off any dots or shapes you have made and then use a knife to cut down your horizontal lines to make sprinkles.
  • That's it! Sprinkle over your favorite treats! These keep well in an airtight container.


*If you don't have this specific tip, you could also get away with using a similar size, or with cutting a small (sprinkle's-width) hole in the tip of a ziploc bag and using that. Just be careful using a Ziploc bag, as the sprinkle mixture is thick and may cause the Ziploc bag to burst if squeezed too hard.  
This recipe will be a hand workout as it can be tough to squeeze.  


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 10g