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Pink Beet Icing and Sugar Sprinkles

February 9, 2017

There’s not a bit of anything artificial in my pink beet icing and sugar sprinkles. All that’s needed for a pink tint is a bit of fresh, peeled red beet!

Use chunks of beet to tint icing and sparkling sugar. Nothing artificial here! All natural food coloring.

Pink Beet Icing and Sugar Sprinkles

Cookie lovers, I am tickled pink to share with you a trick for tinting icing and sparkling sugar a non-artificial pink. All you need are couple of chunks of peeled red beet and a bowl icing and/or sparkling sugar to make pink beet icing and sugar sprinkles.

These Vegan Gluten Free Sugar Cookies were decorated with the pink beet icing and sugar sprinkles I made from fresh beets, a basic royal icing recipe and decorator’s sugar.

Use chunks of beet to tint icing and sparkling sugar. Nothing artificial here! All natural food coloring.

Pink Beet Icing

Royal icing is one of my favorite icings and is a breeze to make. Royal icing is the kind of icing that air dries and hardens and is used to decorate sugar cookies like the ones you see here. If you are new to royal icing and piping techniques, here’s a great How to Make Royal Icing tutorial. Want to learn how to make your own piping bags that eliminate the need frosting tips? Check out this How to Make Parchment Cones tutorial. In my book, Julia Usher is the Martha Stewart of cookie and cake decorating.

Pink Beet Sugar Sprinkles

Sugar sprinkles are a classic sugar cookie embellishment that I stopped buying because of all the artificial red dye in them. Well pink sugar sprinkles are back and my kids are thrilled. Using fresh beet chunks to tint a large granular sugar like Bob’s Red Mill Sparkling Sugar yields a blush of pink—soft and sweet.

 

Pink Beet Icing and Sugar Sprinkles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Pink Beet Icing and Sugar Sprinkles

The recipe plugin I use does not allow me to enter two recipes separately, so please pardon how this recipe is written out. If you are making icing, follow steps 1-6 in the Instructions. If you are making sugar sprinkles, follow steps 7 and on.

Ingredients

    For Pink Beet Royal Icing
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pasteurized egg white
  • Natural flavor extract to taste (like almond or lemon extract—1/2 to 1 teaspoon)
  • 2-4 teaspoons water
  • 3-inch piece of peeled red beet, cut into 8 chunks
  • For Pink Beet Sugar Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup decorator's sugar
  • 3-inch piece of peeled red beet, cut into 8 chunks

Instructions

    For Pink Beet Royal Icing
  1. Add to mixing bowl and combine powdered sugar and cream of tartar.
  2. Add egg white and beat until a thick icing forms.
  3. Add flavoring to taste
  4. Add water, one teaspoon at a time just until icing falls falls from beater when lifted out of bowl. You do not want it too runny or too thick. If too runny, add a bit more sugar.
  5. Stir in beet chunks. Stir until desired pink is achieved. Letting the mixture sit for a bit will allow more pink to bleed into the frosting.
  6. Remove beet chunks and discard.
  7. For Pink Beet Sugar Sprinkles
  8. Combine decorator's sugar and beet chunks in a bowl
  9. Stir until desired pink is achieved.
  10. Remove beet chunks and discard.
  11. Spread sugar in baking dish and place in slightly warm oven 10-25 minutes. This will ensure moisture from the beet juice is completely evaporated.
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Use chunks of beet to tint icing and sparkling sugar. Nothing artificial here! All natural food coloring.

Tint your favorite white icing with beet. Here's the way to do it with fresh beets.

 

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 13, 2017 at 9:39 am

How cute! A perfect Valentine decoration for treats!

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Elizabeth DiBurro February 13, 2017 at 10:44 am

I love the idea of natural food coloring! Pink is perfect for Valentine’s Day! I’ll be trying the beet idea, but I’ll have to substitute the egg white. Thanks for the recipe.

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Alexa February 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

Yes, go for a basic powdered sugar glaze or vegan buttercream! 🙂

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Sarah @ Accidentally Crunchy February 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

You could sub aquafaba instead Elizabeth! I have yet to try it but have heard great things about aquafaba royal icing 🙂

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Alexa February 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm

ooo, yes, great thought!

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Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate February 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Such a pretty color. I love that these sprinkles don’t have artificial dyes and use beets to give the lovely color.

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Sarah @ Accidentally Crunchy February 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Such a pretty shade of pink! Will definitely be making a vegan version of this!

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Kelly @ TastingPage February 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Love the all natural icing that also leaves such a pretty color. Hooray for beets!

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Chandice Probst February 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm

The photos are great and the recipe looks fantastic!

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Laura | Petite Allergy Treats February 13, 2017 at 7:53 pm

I absolutely LOVE everything about these cookies and naturally colored sprinkles! So festive and still natural.

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Amanda February 13, 2017 at 8:05 pm

I had no idea naturally dying your sprinkles and icing was so easy!

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Lauren February 14, 2017 at 7:03 am

I love using beets as natural food coloring! These cookies are too cute!

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Alexa February 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm

Thank you Lauren!

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Megan February 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

I’ve never tried dying my own sprinkles. What a great idea–this opens up a whole new world!

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Alexa February 14, 2017 at 9:41 pm

Doesn’t it? My mind is turning with other possibilities. 🙂

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Nicole Dawson February 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm

Such a pretty shade of pink! Even though I say I’m not “girlie”, I do actually love all things pink and sparkly too.

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Alisa Fleming February 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

This is the easiest and most divine way I’ve ever seen to use beets for coloring frosting and the first time I’ve seen it for sugar sprinkles! I bet those beets would taste sweet all roastied up after this, too.

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