Sanding sugar is a large crystal sugar used as an edible decoration that will not dissolve when subjected to heat. Also called pearl sugar or decorating sugar, sanding sugar adds "sparkle" to cookies, baked goods and candies. The sparkling affect is achieved because the sugar crystal grains are large and reflect light.
Sanding sugar can be used prior to baking or used as a finishing sugar.
Here are some suggested uses:
Sprinkle all over atop cookies prior to baking. The sugar can be used in small amounts or used heavily for a solid color affect.
Ice cookies or cup cakes and allow icing to dry. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a small tip with icing. Pipe on little raised accents. Sprinkle sanding sugar over the wet piping. Tilt the cookie or cupcake and tap lightly to remove excess sugar.