How to Make Quick and Easy Cinnamon Sugar

Cinnamon sugar in jar

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  • Total: 2 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1/2 Cup
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
8 Calories
0g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1/2
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.)

This is one of those situations in which once you see how easy it is to put cinnamon sugar together, you may wonder why you ever bought it in a little jar in the spice aisle? Plus, like lots of things in the kitchen, it's also more economical to do it yourself.

Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over a pie crust or cobbler before baking, or sprinkle it over a whipped cream garnish, your morning cereal, or add a dash to plain Greek yogurt. Where would you be without it when it's time to sweeten your French toast in the morning? Toss some with chopped pecans or walnuts to top a coffee cake, quick bread (especially banana bread), or muffins. And cinnamon sugar is amazing on buttered toast, or even bacon.

Cinnamon comes from the bark of plants from the genus Cinnamomum. It is usually labeled Sri Lanka or Ceylon and is considered "true cinnamon." It has a mild, sweet flavor. Cassia cinnamon, the most common and least expensive type, comes from a related species. It is the cinnamon usually found in the home cook's spice cabinet and the one most commonly used in cooking. Sometimes, it is labeled Saigon, Vietnamese, or Korintje; these are all types of cassia cinnamon. 

If you love cinnamon and use it a lot and therefore want to up your cinnamon game, you can buy it in bulk in some specialty grocery stores or online spice and herb purveyors. Often these types of retail options may indicate the type of cinnamon they have available, or offer a blend, so you can choose.

This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of cinnamon sugar. Once you've made it, store the cinnamon sugar in the pantry in a jar or sealed food storage bag. Or, if you anticipate using it regularly, you can repurpose a used plastic spice container (ideally from cinnamon, to avoid flavor mixing) and keep that handy. Store the jar in the pantry, refilling from it as needed. Cinnamon sugar will keep indefinitely but because of the cinnamon, it may lose its potency over time.

Ingredients

  • 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.

    Blend cinnamon and sugar
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  3. Pour it into a small canning jar with a screw top, another small lidded container, or zip-close food storage bag. Use as desired. Enjoy!

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Tips

  • To scale the recipe down to 1/4 cup, use 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
  • 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 for a streusel-like topping.

Recipe Variation

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

How to Use

Cinnamon sugar would be great on French toast, pumpkin bread pudding, and it's absolutely essential to Grandmother's Cinnamon-Sugar Kuchen. Try them on top of these copycat Auntie Anne's pretzels, too. The simplest way to use it, however, is sprinkled on top of sliced apples.