I love baking and decorating cookies–especially if I have somewhere or someone to bring them to. What I don’t like, however, is buying lots of dyes, colored sugars, and sprinkles to decorate said cookies with. I’m a very frugal grocery shopper and, at $2-5 a pop, that stuff will really kill your grocery budget.

I know they exist, but I have yet to give natural, homemade food dyes a try. Though I’m still buying that stuff, I have managed to cut the colored sugars out. It’s way too easy to make my own! And now I’m going to tell you how to color sugar. Ready?

How to Color Sugar
Just mix plain granulated sugar with liquid food coloring, one drop at a time, until you reach the desired color (for this pink I used 1/2 cup of sugar and 10 drops of this food coloring).

That’s it!

It’s hard to believe I’ve gone nearly 27 years without learning and using this trick. Some of you likely know how to do this already but, if I had no idea, there must be some others who didn’t either.

Use the colored sugar to decorate sugar cookies or give swirl cookies an extra somethin’ somethin’ by rolling the log of dough in your colored sugar before slicing and baking.

Save and store any leftover colored sugar in an airtight container for the next time you get the urge to bake.

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