This flavored sugar recipe is one you really want to keep, make, cherish etc.! It is magical! Yes, its super simple however, this Spiced Sugar recipe will transform a number of baked goods and other things!
Sugar and spice were meant to go together I have been making this spiced sugar recipe for ages! It's been written into a number of my early recipe posts over a decade ago as a note or in the recipe card, as well as in a number of my TikTok's.
I thought that I should do a post for it on its own since so many people ask me about it each week.
It started with a simple vanilla sugar recipe half a lifetime ago and then I discovered a product from a spice retailer, called The Spice House (based out of Chicago) they have THE BEST spices and products!! I bought it so much that I had to replicate it.
My spiced sugar is SO simple to make, just 4 ingredients and it lasts indefinitely in a mason jar. It also makes a great food gift. I am all about foodie gifts. Here are additional homemade food gift ideas.
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Why make this Spiced Sugar?
- It's lovely on so many things, it adds depth of flavor and a bit of refinement. You'll have people wondering what that special flavor is.
- Use this sugar n spice combo in baked goods, as a part of toppings, on toast, etc. Anywhere you would use sugar.
- My favorite way to use it is in my Candied Pecans and Candied Nut recipes.
- On top of a crème brulee is "chefs kiss".
- White sugar
- Vanilla beans
This spiced sugar recipe takes just minutes to make. All you need to do is scrape out the seeds from 2 vanilla beans and add them to your jar of sugar. After that add in the spices, snip the leftover pods into two and tuck them in. Give the jar a hardy shake and you are good to go.
The flavor intensifies over time. And yes, I do tuck the pods in there, why waste them. You can choose to do that and then just a month later, pull the dried pods out and add them to you tea before you toss them.
OR you can make my Homemade Vanilla Syrup recipe with them 🙂 No waste!
Tips for making Spiced Sugar
- The better quality your spices and vanilla beans, the better this flavored sugar will be.
- Don't throw away the scraped out vanilla beans!! Cut in half and tuck into the sugar.
- Shake a couple times a week o move flavors around.
- Vanilla taste will intensify over time as vanilla dried up (especially if you tuck the pods in).
- This is amazing on toast, bagels, oatmeal, French toast, waffles and pancakes.
- Use in coffee, lattes, tea.
- In baked goods like pie, banana bread, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin crunch cake, cookies, as part of a crumble topping or atop crème brulee.
- Use for making Candied Nuts (out of this world!!).
- Anywhere you use plain sugar swap some or all out for some of this spiced sugar.
- You can add in nutmeg, ginger or allspice for a different flavor, however I highly recommend keeping the cardamom.
- Increase the cinnamon, cardamom or vanilla beans for more intense flavor.
- Keeps forever in a sealed jar.
I hope you love, love, love this special sugar recipe! And the above Candied Pecans are a must try with this sugar spice recipe! xo Colleen
Originally shared back in 2012 in a Pumpkin Pie Spiced Almond Recipe, now it lives here in its own post.
Homemade Food Gift Ideas
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 vanilla beans
- 2 ½ TBS cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons cardamom
- Place sugar into a mason jar or bowl.
- Slice vanilla beans lengthwise, open them up and scrape the seeds out from the vanilla beans using the back end of a paring knife.
- Add vanilla beans to the sugar, cut leftover pods in half and tuck in to the sugar as well.
- Add in cinnamon & cardamom, whisk or shake vigorously until fully combined.
- Store in a jar and use on all the things!