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6 delicious ways to use sparkling sugar

Pie

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Brush piecrust with milk, and sprinkle heavily with sparkling sugar.
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Summertime Peach Pie will have a lovely, sweet/crunchy top crust.

Scones

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Brush shaped scone dough with milk or cream.
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Sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
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Cut into wedges.
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Bake and enjoy Simple Scones!

Roll out cookies

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Sprinkle sparkling sugar on a clean work surface.
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Place rollout cookie dough on top, turning it over so both sides are coated.
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Roll thin, for extra-crunchy cookies.
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Voilà! Crystal Diamond Sugar Cookies.

Drop cookies

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Roll cookie dough into balls, and shake in a pan of sparkling sugar.
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Bake into delicious gingerbread cookies.

Muffins

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Scoop muffin batter into paper-lined muffin cups and sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
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Bake into tender, moist Blueberry Muffins.

Sweet focaccia

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And let’s not forget yeast breads. This delightful raisin focaccia is topped with sparkling sugar just before it goes into the oven. Serve it warm, for a special breakfast treat.

Prepare the focaccia dough as directed in Golden Focaccia. Spray a large baking sheet (about 18" x 13") with non-stick vegetable oil spray, but don’t drizzle it with olive oil. Shape the dough into a rough rectangle, and place it on a lightly greased work surface. Spread the dough with about 1 1/3 cups golden raisins, leaving about 1" bare all around the edges. Fold two opposite edges into the center, like you’re folding a letter; then fold the two ends into the center, again like a letter. You will have made a raisin-filled square. Gently press to flatten.

Place the raisin-filled focaccia onto the prepared pan, and gently flatten it some more. Wait 15 minutes, and flatten again, pressing it as flat as you can without exposing the raisins; you should be able to press this soft dough over much of the surface of the pan. Allow the focaccia to rise, covered, for 2 to 3 hours. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 400°F.

Just before baking, spritz the focaccia heavily with warm water, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup white sparkling sugar. Bake as directed.