Not sure how to make cinnamon sugar? Here’s the perfect cinnamon sugar ratio, plus how to make the best cinnamon sugar toast and other cinnamon sugar recipes.
I grew up with a shaker bottle of sugar and cinnamon that kept permanent residence on our spice rack for the impromptu cinnamon sugar toast snack.
I used to think that everyone just knew how to make cinnamon sugar. But through teaching cooking classes, I’ve come to realize that it can actually be intimidating for some people. And that a lot of people even buy it instead of making it.
Please don’t ever buy a cinnamon and sugar mix already made! It’s really a waste of money. You can make your own in less than a minute. Seriously, go get the cinnamon and sugar, and mix it right now!
CINNAMON SUGAR RATIO
The perfect cinnamon sugar ratio is 1 to 4.
That means 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of sugar. Or 1/4 cup of cinnamon, and 1 cup of sugar. You can scale that cinnamon sugar ratio to whatever amount you think you will need.
You can also adjust your cinnamon or sugar in the sugar cinnamon mix. I love the heady aroma of Saigon cinnamon when I am making a batch. But I find your typical cheap cinnamon works just as well, and it’s what I grew up on.
You can make your mix with a sugar substitute as well. If you’re on a low-carb diet, or diabetic, try using Xylitol instead of sugar. The ratio is the same.
INGREDIENTS AND SUPPLIES
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THE BEST CINNAMON SUGAR TOAST RECIPE
I find that the topic of cinnamon sugar toast can actually be surprisingly divisive. Everyone has their childhood favorite they grew up with, and no other method compares. If you’re not set in your ways. Try this method:
- Butter your slices of bread.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (1 part cinnamon to 4 parts sugar)
- Place on a cookie sheet with buttered/sprinkled side up.
- Bake at 350F for 5 minutes.
- Turn to broil and place directly under the broiler for 1-2 minutes until top is crispy and golden brown.
PIN TO SAVE CINNAMON AND SUGAR FOR LATER:
RECIPES USING CINNAMON SUGAR:
Here are some of our favorite recipes from Eating Richly and around the web that would be perfect for using your homemade cinnamon and sugar mix.
We are huge fans of edible gifts, and this Roasted Apple Kit is a popular one. There’s even a free pdf for you to download for the tags!
This healthy cinnamon popcorn recipe uses cinnamon and maple syrup. But you could absolutely substitute 3 tablespoons of cinnamon and sugar mix for an equally delicious snack mix.
- Challah French Toast
- Old Fashioned Cake Doughnut Mini Muffins (Vegan + GF)
- Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars
- Cinnamon Dessert Nachos with Salted Caramel Apple Dip
- Cinnamon Toast Bundts
- Cinnamon Grilled Peaches
- Cinnamon Pretzel Nuggets
- Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites
- Cinnamon Bannock
The very basic childhood favorite.
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar or sweetener of your choice
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Pour sugar and cinnamon into a small jar. Seal and shake well.
Approximate cost/serving: I get my sucanat in bulk from AzureStandard.com and but cinnamon from the bulk bins. This just costs me pennies!
Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Yes to both.
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Nutritional and cost information is for estimating purposes only, and subject to variations due to region, seasonality, and product availability.