Candy Buttons for Valentine’s Day

A delightful childhood candy, remade at home! Make them any color you want, for any holiday!
Author Dorothy Kern


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • Red food coloring or other color
  • Parchment paper


  • Cut parchment paper into twelve 2x11” strips. I suggest you use parchment paper sheets for this. If you use a roll, do it ahead of time and lay something heavy on top of them to flatten them out, so they don’t roll up on you.
  • Beat powdered sugar and egg white until thick and smooth, about 4-5 minutes. If you are making different colors, divide the icing into separate small bowls. If you are making pink and red, you can leave it all the same bowl. Make the pink first, then make the red from the pink.
  • Drop 2 drops of red food coloring into your mixture and stir. Add more if you want a darker pink.
  • Place half of pink mixture into a ziploc bag and seal. Add more red food coloring to make the light pink darker. (FYI - the food coloring will darken as it settles. You won’t get “red” at this point, but it will darken to red as the buttons dry.) Place in another ziploc bag.
  • Snip the corner off of one bag at a time, and pipe small dots of candy onto the prepared parchment paper. Repeat with the second bag. Let dry several hours or overnight. Cut strips into desired lengths and eat.