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DIY Sprinkles in a Funfetti Sugar Cookie

Have you ever wanted to make sprinkles at home? I know, me too!

Homemade sprinkles taste so much better than store bought. Who knew?

I stumbled on a great tutorial which reminded me of another brave post on how to make rainbow sprinkles.

Someone should open a sprinkles store called Jimmies.

Seeing this novel egg substitute idea last week left me looking for an excuse to try it out.  For the sprinkles, I used Brave Tart’s recipe, but replaced the egg white with tapioca gel and added lemon extract for fun.

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons tapioca gel*

2 teaspoons water

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

Pinch of salt

Food coloring as needed

It’ll look like a thick royal icing. After blending well, place mixture in a plastic bag. Snip a tiny corner from bag to pipe onto parchment paper.  After the sprinkles have dried completely (about a day), peel or scrape off parchment.  Store airtight or use right away in your favorite cookie recipe.

*Tapioca Gel adapted from Cake and Commerce

3/4 teaspoon tapioca starch

1/3 cup water

Combine and heat in a microwave safe cup for 30 seconds at full power. Stir. Heat another 15 seconds. Let gel cool completely before using. Touch it, feels just like an egg.  Mind = scrambled.

Homemade sprinkles in gluten free sugar cookies

For the dough, I used a favorite gluten free sugar cookie recipe, but made a few changes.  Using two tablespoons of the tapioca gel to replace the egg also eliminated the need for xanthan gum. Interesting, huh?

Is funfettified a word? Because it really should be.

Have you used tapioca gel to replace eggs or gums in recipes? Let’s hear about it, because this concept is totally new to me.

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  1. I’ve never heard of tapioca gel to be honest with you. But it sounds interesting. Very interesting! Now I’m thinking of all those recipes that called for egg whites and if this would be a suitable replacement. Hmmm…

    Those cookies and sprinkles look amazing!

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