How to make cinnamon sugar using the perfect cinnamon sugar ratio. Great for making cinnamon sugar toast and dusting over drinks and all your baked goods. It’s sweet, flavorful, and ready in seconds.
Yes, it takes practically seconds to mix up some cinnamon sugar when needed. BUT (and it’s a big but), once you realize just how many uses there are for this addictive cinnamon sugar recipe, you’ll thank me for suggesting you mix up a large batch.
Along with cinnamon sugar toast, you can use this cinnamon and sugar mixture to sprinkle over pancakes, French toast, muffins, donuts, hot chocolate, and plenty more dishes. Keep reading for all my favorite ways to use this homemade cinnamon sugar mix.
You might wonder why you even need a recipe for something so simple. However, after struggling with finding the perfect sugar cinnamon ratio in the past. I thought I’d pass on what I know, so no one has to choke on an overly cinnamon-y mixture in the future.
Did I mention that making this at home is also cheaper than buying it pre-made? So, keep reading to learn how to make cinnamon sugar with just two ingredients in seconds. I also share the perfect ingredient ratio along with how to use it and other top tips and FAQs!
What Is Cinnamon Sugar
Unsurprisingly, this “ingredient” is simply a combination of cinnamon and sugar. They are combined and used in baking or to sprinkle and roll over all types of food.
As you’ve probably already realized, you only need two ingredients for this cinnamon sugar recipe.
- Cinnamon: Use ground cinnamon. Any type of cinnamon will work well (Ceylon, Cassia), but make sure it’s not old.
To grind cinnamon sticks into powder, you can use a coffee/spice grinder or a high-speed blender (with a tiny jug).
- Sugar: Typically, white granulated sugar is used. But you can make cinnamon brown sugar or even use a sugar alternative like erythritol, monk fruit, or stevia (whichever your favorite is).
What Is The Perfect Cinnamon Sugar Ratio?
Having experimented with several over the years, I have discovered my perfect cinnamon and sugar ratio:
1:4 ratio = mix 1 part Cinnamon + 4 parts Sugar
For example 1/4 cup of cinnamon to 1 cup of sugar OR 3 teaspoons to 1/4 cup, etc.
Obviously, you can adjust this to taste. But I’ve found this is the perfect ratio to taste the cinnamon well without the mixture becoming overly powdery or unpleasant. (Anyone tried the cinnamon challenge? Too much cinnamon IS a bad thing.)
Start with a 1:8 ratio if you want a mild cinnamon flavor or a 1:3 ratio for a very strong flavor.
All you need to do to prepare this cinnamon sugar recipe is combine the two ingredients in a bowl or jar. Then mix/whisk them well with a small whisk or a spoon.
How to Store Cinnamon Sugar
Once you’ve mixed the ingredients, transfer it to an airtight glass jar like spice jars (a funnel will help). Label it with the date, and store it in a cool, dark location (like your pantry) for up to 6 months.
It will technically last longer than that (2 years +). But the spice will lose flavor after 6 months, so for the best flavor, consume it within that time.
Give the jar a good shake each time you use it in case the cinnamon has started settling at the bottom of the jar.
Uses for Cinnamon Sugar
- Make cinnamon sugar buttered toast.
- Sprinkle over pretzels.
- Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mix into oatmeal and overnight oats.
- Use to sweeten your breakfast grapefruit or breakfast greek yogurt bowl.
- Sprinkle over cookies (including Snickerdoodled) and muffins before baking.
- Roll over donuts or churros.
- To flavor baked nuts and seeds/ candied nuts.
- Use to make homemade sweet cinnamon tortilla chips.
- Mix it into butter to spread over things.
- Use to make homemade cinnamon rolls.
- Add to tea, coffee, and hot chocolate for more flavor.
- To top pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
- Mix into whipped cream for a sweet dessert topping.
- Sprinkle over sweet potato, pumpkin, and other winter squash.
I told you there were plenty of uses for sinamon sugar! These are just the ideas off the top of my head… Is there a way you enjoy it that I haven’t already mentioned? Let me know in the comments below.
The finer the sugar, the easier it will mix with the cinnamon powder, though any will work. When combining it with powdered sugar, you can easily add liquid for a simple cinnamon frosting to spread over cinnamon buns and other baked goods.
Cinnamon has several health benefits that can be beneficial for weight loss. However, this cinnamon and sugar recipe is still heavily sugar predominant, so I would eat it in moderation.
Absolutely, just choose your favorite granulated or powdered sugar alternative like erythritol, monk fruit sugar, Stevia, etc. The flavor will vary depending on what you use.
More Sugar DIYs
- How to make brown sugar
- Homemade unrefined cane sugar and jaggery
- How to make powdered sugar
- An introduction to sugar and sugar substitutes
- How to make sugar-glazed fruit
If you try this easy cinnamon sugar recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions below. Also, I’d appreciate a recipe card rating below, and feel free to tag me in your recipe recreations on Instagram @Alphafoodie!
How to Make Cinnamon Sugar
- 8 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup; granulated white, brown, or a sugar alternative like erythritol, Swerve, monk fruit sugar, etc.
- 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon powder ground
- All you need to do to prepare this cinnamon sugar recipe is combine the two ingredients in a bowl or jar and mix/whisk them well.My perfect ratio is 1:4 but start with 1:8 if you want a milk cinnamon flavor or for a strong flavor, use a 1:3 ratio.
- Transfer it to an airtight glass jar (a funnel will help), label it with the date, and store it in a cool, dark location (like your pantry) for up to 6 months. It will technically last longer than that (2 years +), but the spice will lose flavor after 6 months, so for the best flavor, consume it within that time. Give the jar a good shake each time you use it in case the cinnamon has started settling at the bottom of the jar.