Pink Piccadilly Pastries · Dec 5, 2014


Today I am going to show you how to give your Holiday Baking some sparkle!! I'll show you 4 ways to color powdered sugar, and with this trick you can color your Mexican Wedding Cookies, Crinkle Cookies, Date Balls, Powdered Doughnuts or any other baked confection that you roll in or sprinkle with powdered sugar!!

The first way to color powdered sugar is by sifting together one teaspoon Petal Dust with one cup powdered sugar. Petal Dusts were developed for the Cake Decorating Industry, are Non-Toxic and come in lots of pretty colors!!
I made 2 colors of powdered sugar for examples - Cosmos (above) & Lilac (below.)
Below are 3 colors of Petal Dust: Lime, Cosmos & Lilac.

The second way to color powdered sugar is to sift together one teaspoon powdered food coloring with one cup powdered sugar. For both Petal Dusts and Powdered Food Coloring, you can add more or less color, depending on the shade you're trying to get. You'll have to sift together several times until the color is evenly distributed.

In the picture below I sifted one teaspoon Emerald Green powdered food coloring with one cup powdered sugar.
This is the lovely shade I got!

The third way to color powdered sugar is to mix one packet Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Flavor Mix with one cup powdered sugar. These are fun! You not only get pretty colors, but yummy flavors as well!! Here I made Pink Lemonade and Mint Chocolate Powdered Sugars!
Just look at all the different flavors below - they give me endless recipe ideas!!

Finally, since powdered sugar is made from processing granulated sugar, I thought I'd try it using colored sugar! So I took some pretty pink and aqua colored sugar that I had on hand, whizzed it in my food processor for one minute, and got the beautiful powdered sugar colors below!!
Most purchased powdered sugar has a bit of cornstarch added in, but that's not really necessary here unless you're going to store yours for a while and not use it right away. This link has more helpful information on how to make your own powdered sugar.

1 cup (sifted) Powdered Sugar 1 tsp Petal Dust or 1 tsp Powdered Food Coloring or 1 packet Frostings Creations Flavor Mix
Into a medium sized bowl, sift the ingredients together several times until color is evenly distributed. Use immediately or place into a jar with a tight fitting lid.
To make colored powdered sugar using COLORED SUGAR SPRINKLES, simply place desired amount of colored sugar sprinkles into a food processor or blender and blend at full speed for one minute. If it's not powdery yet, blend another 30 seconds or until it reaches the texture you want.
(1 cup colored sugar will yield 1 cup powdered sugar)
I've already used these ideas with some of my recipes and will be sharing them soon, including my Pink & Teal Crackles!
I hope this post inspires you to get creative with your Holiday baking! I can't wait to get started! So many ideas, so little time! Happy Baking!!

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