Cinnamon Sugar

Cinnamon sugar is a necessary ingredient for fall and holiday baking and cocktails. Try it sprinkled on buttered toast, on the rim of your favorite pumpkin ale or as a coating for donuts.

cinnamon sugar on the rim of a pumpkin beer

There’s not much that cinnamon sugar can’t make better.

Toast.

Donuts.

Cocktails.

Pumpkin ale.

Yes, even beer! I remember the first time I tried cinnamon sugar on the rim of the Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing. Life-changing!

I’ve come to love it on pumpkin beer as well this time of year.

a bowl of cinnamon sugar next to a bowl of homemade cinnamon sugar

Homemade cinnamon sugar recipe

Cinnamon sugar is a versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed in dishes served all day long, from breakfast to dessert to that after-dinner drink.

I love pumpkin spice donuts that have been rolled or shaken in cinnamon sugar especially. Snickerdoodles are another favorite. And then there are cinnamon rolls which are stuffed with cinnamon sugar. Mmm!

You can also stir it right into your morning coffee, or sprinkle it on top of pumpkin bread before baking for a caramelized topping.

And then there’s putting it on the rim of drinks. A cinnamon sugar rim really makes a statement, especially if you serve it during the holidays.

I used it on this cinnamon White Russian, and it just wouldn’t be the same without it. (It calls for cinnamon simple syrup too, which is just divine.)

a bowl of cinnamon and sugar that is ready to be combined to make homemade cinnamon sugar

What is cinnamon sugar?

Cinnamon sugar is a blend of ground cinnamon and granulated sugar that is most-often used for baking.

It’s used around the world on so many dishes, from Mexican churros to Belgian waffles to South African pannekoek.

This magical combination is “sugar and spice and everything nice” personified.

Ingredients

You can buy it already mixed up at the store, but why spend the $5 on a tiny bottle when, if you have sugar and cinnamon already on hand, you can make as much as you want for free?

The name says it all — all you need to make homemade cinnamon sugar is really good ground cinnamon and some sugar.

Whenever I can, I use high-quality spices that are single-origin and ethically sourced. That’s why I love this ground Royal cinnamon from iGourmet.

Spices do go bad and lose flavor over time, so it’s a good idea to replenish your stock from time to time.

For sugar, I use white granulated sugar because it is finer. You can also use cane sugar or brown sugar in a pinch, but the finer type of white sugar will do a better job of mixing with the tiny grains of ground cinnamon.

a measuring spoon adding cinnamon to a bowl of sugar

How to make cinnamon sugar

This is really the easiest recipe you might ever make!

  1. Put the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. Stir!

You’re done. I keep mine in an empty spice jar, but you can use a mason jar or even a zip-top bag.

a glass being rimmed in cinnamon sugar on an orange plate

How to make a cinnamon sugar rim

Cinnamon sugar is so good on the rim of a glass for cocktails and for seasonal beers.

To coat the rim of a glass in cinnamon sugar, first pour some cinnamon sugar onto a plate. A couple of tablespoons should do.

a plate with cinnamon sugar and cinnamon sticks

Use your finger or a brush to paint on honey, maple syrup or simple syrup around the outer edge of the glass. Try to smooth out any globs or runs.

(Note: You will need an empty glass, as this is impossible to do once you’ve added ice or your drink to the glass.)

Then, roll the edge of the glass in your homemade cinnamon sugar.

bowl of cinnamon sugar with a pumpkin beer that has cinnamon sugar on the rim

Then, fill it with your favorite wintry beer or cocktail! The cinnamon sugar rim will make your Christmas ale or pumpkin beer taste so much more festive.

(The one pictured here is pretty thick — that’s how I like it, but you can absolutely do a thinner one if you prefer!)

Cocktails with cinnamon sugar rims

If you like fall beers, try it on a ginger pumpkin beer shandy. It’s a beer cocktail that’s really refreshing.

You can also use it for this autumn spice martini and this gin apple pie cocktail. Maybe even an apple cider margarita!

My favorite way is on these apple cider bourbon jello shots. They are so much fun and the cinnamon sugar really makes them amazing.

What will you try cinnamon sugar on next?

a bowl of cinnamon and sugar that is ready to be combined to make homemade cinnamon sugar

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar

Yield: 1/4 cup
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Homemade cinnamon sugar is good to have on hand for breakfasts, desserts, cocktails and even beer!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add sugar and cinnamon to a small bowl. Stir together until they are evenly distributed.
    Store in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

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