The boys were both home from school today so we took the opportunity to make some candy buttons, sometimes referred to as candy dots. With the boys help they took a little over half an hour to make.
Here’s the recipe we used from the Rachel Ray Magazine:
- 1 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
- 1 egg white
- 3 drops yellow food coloring
- 3 drops blue food coloring
- Cut white paper (I used card stock) into 2″ x 11″ strips.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and egg white until thick and smooth, about 5 minutes.
- Divide the icing into 2 small bowls.
- Stir yellow food coloring into one batch and blue food coloring into the other. Cover one bowl of icing with plastic wrap.
- Arrange paper strips side by side on a flat work surface.
- Scrape one bowl of icing into a small plastic food storage bag and snip off one tiny corner.
- Pipe out the icing into small dots on the paper strips.
- When about a quarter of the bag of icing is left add approximately the same amount of the other color icing to the bag and mix to create green. Continue piping dots onto the paper strips.
- Transfer the remaining icing into another small plastic bag and continue piping.
- Let the dots sit at room temperature 12 hours, or overnight, to harden.
The boys enjoyed stirring in the food coloring and piping out the icing. The hard part is having to wait to try them. A good lesson in patience.