SMiLes by Meg


This week in life-changing recipes, I learned how to make sprinkles. And I think I’ve found a new favorite thing to make. What’s better than a recipe that eats up 15 total minutes of your day and gives you a product that is infinitely customizable?

I found this recipe in Weeknight Baking, which every person needs in their life. The book calls them overnight sprinkles, but I’ve found that most overnight recipes actually work great as over-workday recipes, if you’ve got a bit of time in the morning.

For these, I did them on a Thursday morning, and when I got home I had sprinkles!

Start by putting the egg white, sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl and mixing with a rubber spatula until a thick paste forms.

Dive e the paste into three bowls, and add your food coloring of choice to each of the bowls. I used paste food coloring here, but I think liquid would be fine. I also left one batch white, which I thought made a good mix in for pink and yellow.

Scoop the paste into three different piping bags. I tried a bunch of tip[ sizes so you wouldn’t have to, but ended up deciding 3 and 5 worked the best. I used 3 for the pink and white and 5 for the yellow.

Pipe lines of paste onto parchment paper until you’ve used all the paste. You can go as close together as you dare on these.- they don’t spread or anything.

Now leave them all around the kitchen and go to work for the day.

(Or, if you’re doing the overnight version, go to sleep.)

When they’re dry, chop them up into sprinkle-sized pieces with a butter knife (or a bench scraper).

Throw them all in an airtight container, and you’r ready to go for your next cake/cupcakes/cookies/whatever.

I think there’s about to be a lot more sprinkles in my life.




  • 2 cups (8 ounces) confectioners sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • food coloring


  1. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, egg white, vanilla extract and salt with a rubber spatula to form a paste.
  2. Divide paste between 3 bowls. Add food coloring to each and stir to combine.
  3. Transfer each color to a piping bag fitted with a #3 or #5 tip. Pipe lines of paste onto parchment paper.
  4. Allow to dry overnight or over the course of a day. Once dry, chop into sprinkle-sized pieces with a butter knife.

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