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!
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.
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.
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