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Get gourmet and fancy at home with this easy flavored sugar recipe! I'll show you 4 different flavors and a variety of ways to use them, too! 
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon sugar, citrus sugar, flavored sugar, lemon sugar, orange sugar, vanilla sugar


For the Vanilla Sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground vanilla bean powder
  • 1 cup sugar

For the Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar

For the Lemon/Orange Sugar

  • 1 orange/lemon peel with pith (white membrane) removed
  • 1 cup sugar


Make the Vanilla Sugar

  • Mix the ground vanilla powder together with the sugar and store in an airtight container (preferably glass).

Make the Cinnamon Sugar

  • Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and store in an airtight container (preferably glass).

Make the Lemon/Orange Sugar

  • Peel the fruit and remove the zest. Discard the pith (the white part). Transfer it to a food processor together with the sugar.
  • Pulse it for a few minutes until the zest is finely ground. It should be a light, pale yellow/orange and very moist.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper, making sure there’s overlapping paper on each side of the pan. This will make it easier to use as handles to lift it off the pan.
  • Evenly spread the mixture on the parchment paper and let it dry at room temperature for about 1 hour.
  • Break up any clumps by rubbing them between your fingers.
  • Lift the parchment paper and pour the citrus sugar in an airtight container (preferably glass).
  • Enjoy!


If you don't have a food processor, you could use a zester or microplane grater to zest the fruit. Then, rub the zest into the sugar with your fingers.
For best results, use the citrus sugar immediately, otherwise store it in the refrigerator and use it within 2 weeks.
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