Lois, from Walking on Sunshine, creates festive colored sugar for cookie and cake decoration. I found her recipe and wondered if using a sugar substitute like Splenda® would work just as well. She couldn’t see why not and asked me to try it. I did and it turned out to be a great success!
Using Splenda® as a sugar substitute is a great way to cut calories and keep the sweet taste of sugar. If you have Splenda® granulated no calorie sweetener 1 cup = 1 cup of sugar. I didn’t have the granulated kind, so I used Splenda® packets 24 packets = 1 cup of sugar. I should also mention 1 cup of sugar has 774 calories per cup and 1 cup of Splenda® only has 96 calories.
1 cup of Splenda® granulated no calorie sweetener or 24 packets of Splenda®
GEL food coloring, not liquid
¼ teaspoon cornstarch
Ziploc bag sandwich bag
In the Ziploc bag add the Splenda® and GEL food coloring. I ended up using a lot of food coloring because I wanted a pretty blue, so use your own discretion when it comes to color intensity.
Seal the bag and start kneading the GEL into the Splenda®. When the desired color is distributed evenly add the ¼ teaspoon of cornstarch. Continue to knead until everything is incorporated. Keep in mind the cornstarch will have no effect on the taste of the Splenda®, it just keeps everything from clumping together.
When everything is incorporated evenly, spread the colored Splenda® onto a plate, and let it dry for 30 minutes.
After the Splenda® is dry I needed to sift out the clumps. I used a fork to help push it through.
Place in a bowl
It is now ready to spoon on to your cookies and cakes.