How to Make Quick and Easy Cinnamon Sugar

Cinnamon sugar in jar

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 48 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
8 Calories
0g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 48 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cinnamon comes from the bark of plants from the genus Cinnamomum. It is usually labeled Sri Lanka or Ceylon and is considered "true cinnamon." The most common–and least expensive–cassia cinnamon comes from related species. This is the cinnamon most commonly used in cooking. It's usually labeled Saigon, Vietnamese, or Korintje. 

Cinnamon sugar is available commercially, but it is super easy to make at home, and much cheaper. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over a pie crust or cobbler before baking, or sprinkle it over a whipped cream garnish, your morning cereal, or yogurt. Toss some with chopped pecans or walnuts to top a coffee cake, quick bread, or muffins. And cinnamon sugar is amazing on buttered toast or even bacon!

This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of cinnamon sugar. Store cinnamon sugar in the pantry in a jar or sealed food storage bag. 


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    Cinnamon sugar ingredients
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  2. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and blend thoroughly.

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  3. Pour it into a small canning jar with a screw top or another small container or zip-close food storage bag.

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  4. Enjoy when ready to use for baking.


  • To scale the recipe down to 1/4 cup, use 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on whipped cream garnishes, on yogurt, on muffins and quick breads, and over pie crust or cobblers before baking.
  • Toss 1 or 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar with 1/4 cup of chopped pecans, and sprinkle over the top of a loaf of quick bread before baking.

Recipe Variation

  • Double the cinnamon to 2 tablespoons if you prefer a higher ratio of cinnamon to sugar.