Can I substitute granulated sugar for sanding sugar? It's supposed to be sprinkled on my cookies on top of an egg wash.
Yes, you can. It'll just be slightly different, but perfectly fine.
Thank you - worked fine.
Turbinado or Maple sugar will work very well, but if you don’t have either of them, just use granulated sugar.
Snow storm here - used what I had and it worked - thank you.
You can also put your granulated sugar in a coffee or spice grinder and give it a whirl - it will come out much finer and be like the sanding sugar your recipe calls for.
I was under the impression that sanding sugar is coarser than granulated - maybe I'm wrong...
My sanding sugar is indeed coarser than regular granulated sugar.
Sanding sugar is also known as AA (double-A) sugar, so classified for the large size of its crystal. Because of that large size, it's perfect as a decorating sugar on cookies and scones for example. I also like to use it for the burned crust on top of crème brûlée because it fires up with a deeper crunch than a smaller-crystal sugar.
Sorry, I thought it was the superfine sugar used for sanding candied citrus peel, for example. I apologize for any confusion I introduced into the conversation!
I candied some orange peel the other day, and didn't have any superfine sugar, so used the plain-old-plain-old variety. It never crossed my (too-focused) mind to reach for the coffee grinder. Thanks for the reminder ;0)
No need to apologize! We all learn from these posts, especially when someone knowledgeable like boulangere weighs in!