Homemade Candy Buttons | Free printable template

i have a thing for old fashioned candy…..especially colorful candy like swirly lollipops, gumballs, and these cute candy buttons. and guess what…i didn’t buy these…..i made them!

candy buttons are sooooo simple and addicting to make. i love that you can make them any color scheme you’d like. since it’s spring, i thought these pastel color were perfect. i just love how they turned out….and even more how they taste. much better than store bought.
and you don’t have to make just dots, you can make little hearts, little eggs, little stars….anything. and don’t keep the fun all to yourself….my kiddies love to make them too. of course, their dots weren’t as perfect, but still were very tasty!

how to make your own
candy buttons
2 tablespoons meringue powder OR 2 egg whites
6 tablespoons water (if needed)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or lemon juice
1 box (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar
ziploc sandwich baggies
food coloring
artificial flavoring (optional)

1) Cut non-toxic computer paper into 2 3/4″ x 10” strips.

2) Whip together confectioners sugar, meringue powder OR egg whites and lemon juice on low speed using a stand mixer for 1 minute.  (you may need to add water)  continue to whip for 10 minutes on high speed.

3) Divide “icing” into small bowls. Color each bowl different colors. If desired, add different flavorings to each.

4) If icing is too thick, thin out with drops of water, until it is the consistency of sour cream. A drop should hold its shape and slowly smooth out to create smooth button.

5) Pour each color into a sandwich bag and seal. (Placing the open baggie in a small cup and then pouring the icing in, is a great trick to keep things nice and clean). Then cut a VERY small corner off of each bag.

6) Squeeze a drop of icing at a time onto the paper. You can place the strip of paper on top of the template, you
will then see where to place each drop evenly.

7) Place on baking sheets in a cool dry place uncovered to dry overnight.

8) Candy will harden overnight. Store in a zipper bag or
airtight container.

here is a printable template to help you make your buttons line-up straight. the directions are also included.


  1. jessica conley says

    Very cool!

  2. Irene says

    The recipe using egg whites, are these candies safe to eat if not cooked ?

  3. Julie says

    We had a bakery in our neighborhood that had the best thumbprint cookies with candy filling. I have tried to make them for years! I got the cookie down but could never get te candy right, I used an iceing base and it never hardened enough. I just made a batch using the dots recipee so I hope I have finally solved that mystery!

  4. Jennifer says

    This spring will be the 4th school year and tradition that I make them for my kids class. I make them on the 100th day of school and each student in my kids classes get a sheet with 100 buttons. The kids love it and the teachers use it as a math game. Super fun! Thanks for posting.

  5. Brilliant recipe, thank you for sharing! I tried this out yesterday and the dots I piped onto paper have set perfectly. I also piped some into a silicone mold but these haven’t set yet. Is there anything I can do to speed up the drying process? Has anyone else tried to pipe them into molds? Thanks in advance!

  6. Anonymous says

    The recipe says you can use 2 egg whites.. I hope this is safe as you are not cooking them…

  7. I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one with an obsession for old fashioned candy. Even the items you named are my favs too. Thanks for posting this! I can’t wait to try this out!

  8. I made these with ener g egg replacer and it has been over two days and they are still not completely hard… they are more firm than icing but still won’t peal up without falling apart… did I maybe put too much water? are you supposed to put them in fridge? I will admit I used twice as much as the recipe called for on the egg replacer bc I didn’t realize I didn’t have enough of the sugar… could that be it or just possibly the egg replacer all together? someone HELP!!! I need these for a birthday party next week for a child who is allergic to egg

  9. Anonymous says

    Look yummy, might try to use as the icing on gingerbread men for Xmas

  10. Curious says

    Are these sweets chewy once ready or hard?

  11. What kind of paper do you use? Like just normal printer paper?

  12. Hey, Question, If i were to write letters with this… would they harden up enough to handle and put on a cake?

  13. I wonder, would parchment paper work? It’s food safe.

  14. Anonymous says

    how advance can you make these? I want to make them for my daughters party and it is a month away. please advise

  15. I made these for my daughter’s birthday, except I did them on Wax paper about 8 feet long. I did 2 strips and made 4″ circles, her party was Hello Kitty, so one of the circles I made look like Hello Kitty. I hung them up in her cake table corner and decorated the tops and bottoms with crepe paper bows and other decals around the wall. They were super easy to make and the kids all loved when it was time to “eat the wall.”

  16. I made these for my daughter’s birthday, except I did them on Wax paper about 8 feet long. I did 2 strips and made 4″ circles, her party was Hello Kitty, so one of the circles I made look like Hello Kitty. I hung them up in her cake table corner and decorated the tops and bottoms with crepe paper bows and other decals around the wall. They were super easy to make and the kids all loved when it was time to “eat the wall.”

  17. Andrea says

    How long should these keep in an airtight container? I am hoping to make these for my daughters’ birthday party but with 4 kids, some things have to be done in advance. Can this be one of the things made early and if so, how early? Their party is Sept 15 and today is July 31. Thanks!

  18. Anonymous says

    You Can Also Use Colored Icing, Then Put in The Fridge over Night

  19. I like to use meringue powder. I also like to use almond extract. It doesn’t change the texture, just add it before the water to make sure it doesn’t get to runny. You can add any type of extract that you think would taste good.

  20. Anonymous says

    So what can you add if you want to add a flavor to it?

  21. You said you can use eggs or meringue powder, but is there a preference? Because I know egg whites can be tricky to work with. Also, does the almond extract/lemon juice contribute to the texture or flavoring?

    Thanks! I will definitely try it regardless.

  22. Lorie Shuck says

    Would cash register tape work? You can buy it at an office supply store. Perfect width.

  23. Fun! I’ll make these and use them to decorate a cake or cupcakes!

  24. I LOVED these growing up! Absolutely one of my very favorites candies. Thanks so much posting this now I have to make some and enjoy the memories they bring back.

    Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

  25. We made these on Easter for the kiddos. They loved them!!

  26. I just wanted to share that I used your print out and idea with my girl scout troops and they loved it! Thank you for sharing! I also talked about it on my blog and linked back this page.

  27. I just found this via Pinterest! I had seen another Valentine idea of CUTTING these candies (store bought) into the shape of hearts….NOW I’ll just drop them myself into heart shaped pieces of paper.
    My question is this: Will they stick to regular printing/typing paper? Or should I have some sort of coated slick paper? I don’t read where you’ve mentioned that.

  28. I love this! As a child I used to love candy buttons, but I don’t think my kids have ever had them. Ill have to give this a try.

  29. Anonymous says

    I used to love candy buttons growing up. I think I may make these and use them to decorate some cake pops for my daughter’s birthday party. Thanks for the recipe!

  30. Thanks so much for this recipe. I just made them with my nieces and they think I’m the coolest aunt ever! I should have had a little more patience and added some more water to get perfect round dots, but I don’t think my audience will mind. We will definitely be trying this again.

    My 4 yr old loved playing with the leftovers and making designs on paper!

    Thanks again. I pinned this too.

  31. This is so neat! What a great idea, recipe and tutorial. Thank you so much! Shared on our Facebook wall today. 🙂

  32. VERY cool. Thanks for the tutorial. I pinned it on Pinterest, but wanted to leave a comment <3 THANK YOU! : )

  33. Too darn cute and great for a vintage shower I’m planning. Thanks!
    Do you think the recipe can be used in candy molds?

  34. Leiza, just add a few more drops of water to your icing. It is the right consistency when the icing smooths out to form a round dot.

  35. How do you get the dots so round? I think my icing is too thick I get peaks on my dots…please help

  36. Jill. I just love these!! I used your recipe and made these with my nieces and they were a hit (BTW, don’t use parchment paper or wax paper. They slide right off. I think you knew this already, but some of the other commenters might benefit from my mistake).

    I would like to feature this recipe in my blog, but want to be sure you are okay with it. I will be sure to credit you (and also intend to put you in my blogroll.) but wanted to run it by you first. I will use my own pictures and have adapted the recipe a bit to reflect my experience, but just want to be sure you are okay with it.

    My blog is http://www.whatwillwedotoday.wordpress.com or you can reach me via the gmail acct listed on this comment. Thanks. Jill (my name, too)

    • Dear Jill,
      I would have been okay with you featuring this content on your blog, however, you have since taken down my credits and have taken the template idea on as your own. In all fairness, you should have not done that.

    • Dear Jill. Oh my goodness, you are absolutely right to be unhappy with me. I just got spanked (appropriately) from one of your fans about using your recipe and not crediting you!! As I know I had given you credit for this inspiration, I wasn’t sure what she was talking about. Then I took a look at my entry. It was gone!! I had been doing a lot of cleanup when I got a new recipe widget. I am guessing I replaced that very important paragraph with the widget. I can’t tell you how sorry I am. I have since re-inserted a credit that links to your site (I know a lot of people did jump over to see you at one time).

      Again, my sincere apologies.

  37. I just used regular computer paper…..you just peel the buttons off!

  38. Sarah O says

    is this just regular computer paper or does it have a waxy side to it so the candy doesn’t stick?

  39. Aren’t these SO fun? My daughter had SO much fun making them to hand out for Halloween this last year. But they are SO much prettier (and more appetizing) in Easter colors than Halloween colors, LOL.

  40. Thanks Jill! I will try these later!

  41. Yes, you can use wax paper.

  42. This is fabulous! I might try this for Easter!

  43. would piping these onto wax paper work?

    • That was actually suggested on another site. They said to apply the dots to the “dull” side. They also warned that regular food safe paper should be used instead if you plan to ship them.

    • BTW…this was this first place I saw this idea! Super smart and super cute. This recipe is the best I have seen and the color and form of your dots is strictly professional looking. I, of coarse, pinned it on Pinterest right away! I am a children’s pastor and mom of 6 and Nana of 7, so this cute idea will sure get a work out from me! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the world!! God only blesses through us when we share!

  44. These were my mom’s favorite candy when she was little and we can never find them anymore. I can’t wait to make a homemade version for her.

  45. I am so excited that everyone loves these as much as I do! already made two batches this month!

    • Vivian says

      I was wondering how thin/thick the consistency of your icing was and what do you need the almond extract for? I’ve been meaning to make these for a Valentine’s Day gift for a party but I’m worried I’ll get the recipe wrong.

      • I would start of thicker and try it. if the buttons aren’t coming out smooth, then add a drop of water to this a bit. You don’t need the almond extract….I just like the flavor.

  46. My favorite candy growing up in PA!

  47. I love this idea! I was in a gift shop this weekend and saw packages of candy buttons, and almost bought them for the kids. Now I am glad that I didn’t- I would rather make them myself to put into the kids Easter baskets! Thanks for this great idea, and please let me say that your blog is beautiful, and your photography is gorgeous!
    I plan to link to this post in my weekly “Links to Love” post on Sunday 4/10 at http://www.momof6.com!

  48. You’ve just made my day with this post! These were one of my favorite candies growing up. Thanks SO much for sharing!!

  49. Those are sooo cute! Love them. thanks for sharing!

  50. awesome!!!

  51. very cute. I want to try with hearts.


  52. Cool! Who knew?! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  53. Really cute Idea!

  54. Oh my gosh! These are adorable!!! Thanks so much for sharing- I’m going to try making them with my daughter 🙂

  55. I LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll be trying these for sure, they look adorable. Found you through Funky Polkadot Giraffe and am your newest follower also. Feel free to follow back. 🙂


  56. So cute!!

  57. that is pretty darn cool!!

  58. how cool! those look better than the real deal! I can’t wait to try these out, my kids are going to love them!


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