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How to Make Cinnamon Sugar

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Want to know how to make cinnamon sugar? Homemade cinnamon sugar is so easy to make it almost doesn’t qualify as a recipe. But, there are so many ways to use this simple mix I wanted to share my favorite cinnamon-sugar ratio!

There are some things that are just handy to have around and if you ask me, cinnamon sugar is one of them. I keep a mason jar filled with homemade cinnamon sugar on the counter. This way, whenever I want some to add to my coffee or sprinkle on top of oatmeal all I have to do is grab a spoon.

What is the Best Cinnamon Sugar Ratio?

Cinnamon sugar should have a distinct cinnamon flavor, but not be so overpowering that all you taste is cinnamon. Therefore, my perfect ratio is 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar to 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon. If you want a stronger cinnamon flavor you could add up to 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon.

What You’ll Need

This post is going to be super quick because this recipe is so easy!

  • Granulated white sugar: You could also use light brown sugar if you prefer. In fact, I use a brown cinnamon sugar for my homemade cinnamon rolls! The brown sugar will give you a more caramelized flavor if you are using the cinnamon sugar for baking.
  • Ground cinnamon: Nothing fancy here, just grab your favorite ground cinnamon.

Make the Cinnamon Sugar

There are two ways to make cinnamon sugar. One is the “mason jar method,” which I also call the “lazy gal’s method” because you don’t even need a bowl or spoon! This is my preferred way to make cinnamon sugar.

Mason Jar Method

In a 16 oz mason jar add the sugar and cinnamon. Close with a lid, then shake vigorously until everything is combined. You can store your cinnamon sugar right in the mason jar. Just keep it on the counter in a cool place. I use plastic BPA-free lids, but you can also use a canning lid if that’s what you have available. No lid at all? Cover the jar with saran wrap then seal it tightly with a rubber band.

Bowl Method

In a medium bowl combine the sugar and ground cinnamon. Stir with a spoon until everything is well combined, then transfer to an airtight container and store on the counter in a cool place.

Cinnamon sugar toast slices on a counter

Ways to Use Cinnamon Sugar

So now you have a jar of cinnamon sugar on your counter. What can you do with it? Here are some ideas:

  • Cinnamon sugar toast: Toast slices of bread, then slather them with softened butter. Sprinkle your preferred amount of cinnamon sugar on top, then add a pinch of kosher salt. So good!
  • Cinnamon sugar tortillas: Warm your tortilla on the griddle, then spread softened butter on one side. Sprinkle as much cinnamon sugar as you want over the butter, then roll up the tortilla and take a bite.
  • Kaiserschmarrn: This is one of my favorite ways to use cinnamon sugar and leftover pancakes! It is basically scrambled pancakes with butter and cinnamon sugar. Here is my Kaiserschmarrn recipe.
  • Waffles and pancakes: Speaking of pancakes, cinnamon sugar is delightful dusted on top of fluffy pancakes or buttermilk waffles.
  • Add to coffee: I do this especially during the autumn months when I’m feeling all the cinnamon vibes. Just add to hot coffee same as you would regular sugar.
  • In Oatmeal: You can swirl cinnamon sugar into oatmeal along with other toppings, like fresh fruit. My kiddo loves to add cinnamon sugar to this creamy maple brown sugar oatmeal.
  • As a garnish: Sprinkle it onto yogurt, applesauce, on top of fresh fruit, or even sprinkle on top of muffins just before baking.
  • Make cinnamon rolls! I have two cinnamon rolls variations you can choose from: this overnight cinnamon buns recipe.
  • Pretzels: If you are making pretzels at home, top some with cinnamon sugar instead of pretzel salt.
  • Cookies. Cinnamon sugar is ideal for rolling onto cookie dough before baking, like with these gingersnap cookies.
  • Donuts. Roll freshly fried donuts in it, like I did with these French toast donuts.

I’m sure there are even more ways to use homemade cinnamon sugar, but those are the ones that spring to mind immediately. hope you enjoy this simple recipe!

Cinnamon Sugar

5 from 1 vote
Cinnamon Sugar is so easy to make it almost doesn’t qualify as a recipe. But, there are so many ways to use this simple mix I wanted to share my favorite cinnamon-sugar ratio!
Prep Time2 minutes
Total Time2 minutes
Yield: 1 batch of cinnamon sugar


  • ½ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • Mason jar method: In a 16 oz mason jar combine the sugar and cinnamon. Screw a lid onto the jar, then shake the mixture vigorously. Store on the counter in a cool place until you are ready to use.
  • Bowl method: In a medium bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon, stirring well with a spoon. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container and store on the counter in a cool place until you are ready to use.
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Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 100g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. You are right, this is the best ratio of cinnamon and sugar! I keep a jar of this on my counter now, it’s so good.5 stars