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What is Cinnamon Sugar and What is it made of?
Cinnamon sugar is flavored sugar made of ground cinnamon and (usually) granulated white sugar. It is very easy to make and can be used in many different ways!
Cinnamon Sugar Recipe
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- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (read recipe notes to adjust)
- 1/8 teaspoon fine salt (for flavor), optional
- To a small bowl, add all of the ingredients.
- Mix well to combine.
- Store in an airtight container or shaker.
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon = a mild and subtle flavor
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon = a pleasantly mellow flavor
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon = a spicy flavor with a little zing
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How to make Cinnamon Sugar and How to Store it
Cinnamon sugar recipe: In a small bowl, combine ½ cup (100 grams) of granulated sugar with 1 ½ tablespoons of ground cinnamon. Store it in an airtight container or shaker. Your cinnamon sugar mix should last for at least 1 year.
What is The Best Cinnamon Sugar Ratio?
There is no perfect ratio. Some like a stronger cinnamon flavor and others prefer it to be more subtle, but generally, it’s best to use at least 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon per ½ cup (100 grams) of sugar.
Ways to use Cinnamon Sugar
You can use cinnamon sugar as a topping for many baked goods like:
- muffins and quick breads
- puff pastry desserts
- baked churros
- leftover pie crust
- oatmeal cookies
- sugar cookies
- and snickerdoodles, of course
But you can also use it for non-baked breakfast food such as:
- store-bought English muffins.
Just slather them with butter, margarine, or oil, then give them a good dusting. You can do this with oatmeal and overnight oats too but no slathering needed.
Some out of the box but popular ways to use cinnamon sugar is to put it on tortillas and bake them, sprinkle it onto apple or banana slices, or onto plantain slices and bake them. All of these are great for snacking.
You can use it for coffee too, however I recommend adding it to your cup first, then pouring in a small amount of coffee, mixing until dissolved, then filling your cup to the top. If you add the cinnamon sugar last, you may end up with pockets of ground cinnamon floating at the top.
Why is Cinnamon Sugar so good?
Cinnamon’s warm, comforting, and spicy flavor combined with the sweet and distinct taste of sugar is an addictive combination. Just the smell alone can stimulate your brain and make you happier.
What is a Substitute for Cinnamon Sugar?
If you don’t have any cinnamon on hand, you can use other spices such as nutmeg, all spice, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spice.
You can use other Types of Sugar!
Your cinnamon sugar mix does not have to contain granulated sugar. You can use brown sugar, stevia, or splenda, or a mix of sugars.
Is Cinnamon Sugar the same as Cinnamon? What’s the Difference?
Ground cinnamon is a spice that is made by grinding cinnamon sticks, the curled and dried inner bark of cinnamomum vera trees, into a fine powder. Cinnamon sugar is a blend of ground cinnamon and sugar. It is not the same as cinnamon alone or sugar alone.
Is Cinnamon Sugar Healthy?
Ground cinnamon is a spice that has many health benefits, is very low in calories, fat, and natural sugars. However, when it is combined with refined or processed sugar, the calories skyrocket and so do the negative health effects.