Cooking Tips

5 Flavored Sugars to Boost Your Baked Goods

A sprinkle of one of these easy-to-make combos can turn a plain treat into something far more special.

Published Aug. 31, 2022.

Flavored sugars are easy to make, and they have myriad uses in the kitchen. Whip up a batch and store it in an airtight container, and you'll find plenty of applications for a sweet sprinkle. A flavored sugar can be an intriguing topper for a muffin or doughnut (just brush the baked good with butter and roll), a finishing touch on French toast or a Dutch baby, or a sparkly rim for a cocktail glass. 

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Here are five of our favorite combinations.


Combine ½ cup granulated sugar with seeds from 1 vanilla bean and 1 teaspoon ground cardamom


Combine ½ cup granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Combine ½ cup granulated sugar with ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, and a pinch of ground black pepper


Combine ½ cup granulated sugar with grated zest of 1 lime and ½ teaspoon ground ginger


Combine ½ cup granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon milk powder and 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

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