Make your own sprinkles!

Make Your Own Sprinkles

Make your own sprinkles and make a little happiness.Then bottle it up into little jars of joy up to share with someone sweet.

I’ve wanted to try making my own sprinkles for like ever. Well, I finally got around to it – inspired by my baking buddy Rosie of Sweetapolita and her amazing sprinkle shop. If you’re looking for whimsical color combos and magical medleys, then check out her site asap.

But if you’re curious about creating your own like me, then give them a go one day. It’ll make you feel good.

Royal Icing

You’ll need a batch of royal icing to get started. I used Rosie’s recipe from her Sweetapolita Bakebook which was perfecto!

Tinting Icing

I divided the icing into four equal parts…

Icing Colors

… and then tinted three of the parts with icing color.

Royal Icing Lines

Use a No. 2 decorating tip to pipe lines of royal icing close together onto wax paper.

Piping Royal Icing

Repeat with each color.

Piped Lines

That’s a whole lot of lines.

Let the piped royal icing dry for several hours or overnight.

Sidenote: Right about here, with my hand cramping from piping so long, I was like I am never doing this again.

Making JimmiesHomemade Jimmies

But, by the next day I was over that because breaking the lines of royal icing up into little pieces is pretty satisfying when you see them turn into sprinkles. Or as some call them … jimmies … when they’re shaped like this.

I have to say I had a big smile on my face.

Making Sprinkles

I mean look at those colors!

That’s the best part. You can customize them into any color you need.

So super satisfying!!!!

DIY Sprinkles

At least once, anyway. Ha! So glad I gave these a try, though!

Homemade Sprinkles

Make Your Own Sprinkles
Yield: About 3 cups

Make Your Own Sprinkles

Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 lb. (16 oz) box confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup meringue powder
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • gel paste food color


  1. Combine sugar, meringue powder, water, lemon juice and extract in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  2. Beat on low speed until incorporated. If too dry, add a teaspoon more of water. Continue beating until very thick, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of water and mix again until it reaches a glossy, medium-peak consistency.
  4. Divide icing into separate bowls and tint with gel icing color. Fit pastry bags with #2 round tips and fill with icing, no more than half full. You can use a rubber band to tie off the ends of the bags and a toothpick inserted into the decorating tip to keep the other icings from drying out while you work with first color.
  5. Pipe long lines of royal icing on wax paper and let dry for at least three hours or overnight.
  6. Gently roll the wax paper up and breaking the piped lines into small sprinkles. Store in jars or sealed in zip-top bags until ready to use.
Yay for Sprinkles

YAY for sprinkles! And check out Rosies’ Sweetapolita book and shop for more fun.


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52 comments on “Make your own sprinkles!”

  1. What size jar did you use?

  2. Great! I love to decorate desserts with sprinkles, but I always use the one available in the market. I have never made them at home. But now, I am definitely going to make them. Feeling so excited to try this. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

  3. Can I sell sprinkles which made according to this recipe?? Then how long can I use those sprinkles without expire? How to store them in tropical weather? Plz respond ?

  4. That is such a great idea! They look gorgeous! Have you tried to put them in a sponge and bake them? I was wondering how stabile the color stays with heat. However I think I’ll give it a go :)

  5. Great! I love to decorate desserts with sprinkles, but I always use the one available in the market. I have never made them at home. But now, I am definitely going to make them. Feeling so excited to try this. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

  6. Wow , that looks great ?? I am 10 and I make pancakes from scratch and I like sprinkles in them ! I can’t wait to try and make them 

  7. What is the purpose of the lemon juice?

  8. Thank you very much for sharing. Hiw long do these sprinkles last when kept in air tight containers at home

  9. Do you think these would turn out well if used in a confetti cake?

  10. Eu também acho.

  11. Hi Angie!
    I leave in Israel, and I don’t have meringue powder.
    what can I put instead? Thank you!

  12. ???
    can you help me, please?

  13. What can I use instead of meringue powder? Can I make meringue from egg whites and use that instead? If so how many egg whites are needed?

    • You can. Google royal icing recipes. There are different versions. Some with egg whites, dried egg whites and also meringue powder. You can also buy royal icing mix where you just add water.

  14. Exatamente é maravilha de mais.

  15. Desejo todo sucesso parabéns.

  16. é realmente muito interessante

  17. This is awesome! I love their colors, they look great and don’t forget to thank your detailed guide

  18. :) They are beautiful. Great job!

  19. Delicious I’m going to do it here

  20. Very Well! I like of the your work

  21. Very Well, congratulation! Thanks

  22. Hi! Where did you purchase the bottles from? They are adorable with the colored tops!

  23. I hope you will see this, since this post was written a bit ago. Where did you find that amazing clear bottle with pink lid? It’s so darn cute.!.

  24. How hard are they? If they are not that hard, how do I make them harder?

  25. Uau…They are beautiful. Great job!

  26. These are super cool but my hand was dying after piping all those lines ?

  27. I have never ever considered making my own sprinkles, but this is amazing! looks like lots of fun too! I will have to try it out one day :)

  28. My husband and I made these today with our two sons ages 5 1/2 and almost 4. They had a blast adding ingredients, watching the mixer, mixing in their color, “helping” to draw the lines , breaking up their lines into pieces and OF COURSE _ EATING THEM!! It is National Ice Cream Day after all! Such a fun family project, thanks for sharing the idea!! We used banana extract and it turned out really tasty!

  29. As amazing as those look, I do not think I would have the patience to do that much piping :O

  30. Great! I like it! Amazing pictures!
    Thank you for sharing. Like!
    Thank you so much. Good!

  31. These aren’t jimmies! They’re sprinkles. Jimmies are chocolate!

  32. Hi, it really is amazing and easy.
    Very Great job! Thank you for the tips.

  33. I never knew it was that easy! Totally trying this!


  34. Hi, Angie! Where did you get the awesome pink and blue bowls pictured with the royal icing? Thanks in advance!!

  35. They are beautiful.  Great job!  You have lots of patience. 

  36. Wow you are the Diva! Is there anything you can’t do?! I had never thought about making my own sprinkles, but if you have a color to match a party theme, well there you go! Thanks for sharing!

  37. I’m surprised how “easy” it is – I know it’s not easy cause it’s super time consuming – and the hand cramps! But I just never thought about how you’d make them, I’m kind of intrigued and want to try it out…although I fully expect to have a melt down when my hand feels like it’s falling off!!


  38. Do these store well at (warm) room temperature or do they need to be used at once? Thanks for sharing!

    • royal icing tends to hold well when hardened. i think that it should hold well at room or slightly warmer than room temperature but definitely won’t fair well in moist and warm environments.

    • They keep well at room temp. Just store in a ziploc bag or sealed container.

  39. Hi,
    They look amazing.
    I have small question, during how long can I use It? In other words the expiration date. Do I need to preserve it in the fridge?
    Thank you

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