Awwww SuGaR SuGar!

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Ready to make some sugars that glisten and pop without spending a ton of money on little bottles of joy?  Me too!  The recipe is really simple and this can make a little or a bunch.  You just adjust your amounts accordingly.  No little baggies and no stained fingers to boot because you won’t have a ton of condensed dye in your sugar!

Ready?

1 tsp. water with coloring to 1 Cup of sugar

Yes, that is IT!

I got up early this morning and whipped up a new batch while taking pictures for you.  It proved to take longer to fight through the media and posting than to create the sugar itself.  I have TONS of pictures for you so that you can understand why I veered away from using baggies and kneading and went right to the mixing bowl.

For the project of the Light Up Sugar Cookies, I started with 4 cups of sugar so that I didn’t have to go back and create more later.  I had a lot left over to say the least.

Here I am using two cups of sugar:1b

& two tsps. water in a cup:
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Dip the edge of a knife into some gel food coloring:
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And mix it in with the water:
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The final color will be MUCH lighter than what you see in your cup so don’t be afraid to use plenty of color!

Add your colored water to the sugar:
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Whip it Baby!
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Zoom!

Keep the cup handy to hold your utensils so that you do not get dye everywhere.  It just saves cleaning up an unnecessary mess:
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Turn off the machine and mix with a spatula.
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You will see chunks of uneven coloring.  Pet those into the sugar with the spatula.
Yes, pet…like you would your pup. Lightly spreading the color into the mixture.
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Looking better.  The color is a little dull because of the moisture.  No worries.  It will glisten up when it is dry.

And, whip again:
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The hardest part is over, now you just have to dry the sugar.  Simple right?  Wondering why we spend so much on little jars?  Me too!

Transfer out onto a cookie sheet:
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If you leave it like this, it will dry like this.  So, you are going to have to spend a little time fluffing it.
If yours gets away from you and dries, roll it with a rolling-pin.

Spread it out and then chop it to break up large chunks:

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Create airflow by whisking it around a bit:

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It is starting to dry and you can see the sparkle returning.
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Place into oven at 175 for 5 minutes and stir, then again five minutes and stir.
You are just moving it around a bit to allow the air to dry the water out of the sugar.
At some point it will be a bit…uh…crunchy and that is when you will remove it from the warm oven.
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We are just going to fluff it up by shaking it through a wire sieve:
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The mixture may be a bit moist still so cajole it with your fingers along the edges.
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Toss these last few leftover chunks.
They are hardened on the outside and filled with moisture.
Not worth the effort.19

Repeat the process again to add more air:

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It is done!
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So. So. Pretty!
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Don’t you think?!
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