New holiday, new goodies! And the seasons just keep getting better and better as the year furthers along. Next up is Easter and these homemade carrot sprinkles are the perfect companion to your cookies, cupcakes, cakes, you name it. Forget putting a Bird on it (thanks Portlandia), this is the year for putting a carrot on it!
Cupcakes? Carrot. Cookies with frosting on in it? Carrot. Smoothie? Carrot too. Even lonely salads need a carrot on it. Not just the real stuff that grows from the ground but the ones you pipe from a plastic bag.
Homemade sprinkles are actually easy to make, despite how they seem like a lot of work. The batter comes together in a cinch and the only difficult part is waiting for the darn things to dry out. And don’t think that just because you waited a couple of hours that they are ready to go either! Because they are smaller, they are also more fragile and need all the time they can get to dry out. Give them at least overnight or 8+ hours. By then they should just pop right off of the wax or parchment paper.
Watch my garden grow…
- ½ c. powdered sugar
- ½ tsp. arrowroot powder
- 2 tsp. brown rice syrup (or corn syrup)
- 1 tsp. nondairy milk
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- Natural food coloring (you will need red, yellow, and green)
- Whisk together the powdered sugar and arrowroot powder in a bowl. Add the brown rice syrup, nondairy milk and vanilla extract and mix until a thick paste is formed. Add more liquid or powdered to get the desired consistency (you need thick that doesn't run easily).
- Place about ⅓ of the mix into another small bowl and color with the green food coloring. For the remainder of the mix, use 2 drops red and 4 drops yellow to create orange and stir until uniform.
- Place both colors into their own plastic baggie and cut a small slit on one side.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper, pipe the carrot base by making a small outline of a question mark. Pipe 3 lines for the stems, making the middle stem the longest.
- Allow to set overnight or for at least 8+ hours.
These make approximately 1/3 c. of sprinkles and can be stored in an air-tight container for several weeks, though I have a feeling they don’t need to be stored once you use them as a garnish for whatever it is that you choose. Which by the way, keep your eyes peeled because these homemade carrot sprinkles are going to be making another appearance in the near future…