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How To Make Cinnamon Sugar (Ratio & Recipe)

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Learn how to make cinnamon sugar with just two ingredients. There’s a sugar-free, diabetes-friendly option to use this sugar in cinnamon rolls and French toast recipes.

Cinnamon Sugar

I love cinnamon sugar to spice up my classic crepes or bake keto cinnamon rolls or keto French toast.

Cinnamon sugar is amazingly versatile and a great way to add fall flavors to any baked goods or drink. You can use this to sweeten coffee, hot chocolate, or tea!

Let’s see how to make the best cinnamon sugar mix every time.

How To Make Cinnamon Sugar

The main issue with many cinnamon sugar recipes is that they forget to provide a ratio of cinnamon to sugar. Most recipes call for one cup of sugar and four tablespoons of cinnamon.

But, if you don’t need a whole cup of cinnamon sugar, you might just need to know the best cinnamon sugar ratio.

Perfect Cinnamon Sugar Ratio

The best ratio for a sweet medium cinnamon flavor is:

One part of cinnamon for four parts of sugar. So for 16 tablespoons of sugar (1 cup of granulated sugar), you need 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.

If you want to prepare only 1/4 cup of sugar with cinnamon, use 1/4 cup of granulated sugar for 1/4 tablespoon of cinnamon which is about 3/4 of a teaspoon.


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For of Sugar (or sweetener),

You need of cinnamon.


All you need are 2 ingredients to make this delicious blend.

  • Ground Cinnamon – You can make cinnamon sugar with any kind of granulated sweetener. So you can use brown sugar, white sugar, coconut sugar, or sugar-free crystal sweetener like erythritol.
  • Cinnamon – You need pure Ceylon cinnamon for best results in this recipe.
Cinnamon Sugar

Types Of Cinnamon

There are four types of cinnamon available, and the one you choose can impact the taste and flavor of this recipe.

  • Ceylon Cinnamon – Tt has a strong flavor and soft texture. It’s the one I use in this recipe that provides a darker color and strong cinnamon flavor.
  • Korintje Cinnamon – It has a milder flavor and makes up 70% of all cinnamon sold in the US. You may need a higher cinnamon ratio if you use it to achieve a strong cinnamon flavor in the blend.
  • Saigon Cinnamon – This cinnamon variety is very sweet, not spicy, and not recommended for this recipe.
  • Royal Cinnamon – Royal cinnamon is super sweet and spicy, albeit too sweet for this recipe.


To make the mix, add both ingredients (1) into a small bowl (2) and use a small whisk to combine (3) or a fork. Whisk until both ingredients are well incorporated (4), and no lumps show (5).

How to make Cinnamon Sugar

Storage Instructions

Store cinnamon sugar in a sealed glass mason jar or jar with an airtight lid.

You can store it in your pantry up to the date of use of the sugar used in the recipe. It means that if the shelf time of your sugar is one year, your cinnamon sugar mix will also last a year.

For extra flavors, you can also add cinnamon sticks to the jar.

How To Use Cinnamon Sugar

Homemade Cinnamon sugar is one of the most common sugar used in:

Allergy Swaps

If you want to use this recipe and have some allergies to white sugar, try the options below.

  • Paleo – Use coconut sugar and the same ratio.
  • Sugar-free – Use xylitol, erythritol, or allulose in the same ratio.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are my answers to your most common questions about this cinnamon sugar recipe.

Can I Use Sugar-Free Crystal Sweeteners?

Yes, any keto sweetener with a 1:1 replacement ratio to sugar works, like erythritol, allulose, or xylitol.

Can I Use Saigon cinnamon?

Yes, you can, but it’s sweeter and less spicy than Ceylon cinnamon. You may want to increase the ratio to 1.5 part cinnamon for 4 parts sugar, so 1.5 tablespoons of Saigon cinnamon for 1 cup of sugar.

Recipe To Use Cinnamon Sugar

Below are some easy recipes where you can use cinnamon sugar. It can add flavor to breakfast food, baked goods, or hot drinks.

More Cinnamon Recipes

Here’s some more cinnamon recipes for you to try.

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Cinnamon Sugar

How to Make Cinnamon Sugar

Learn How to Make Cinnamon Sugar with just two ingredients. Plus, there's a sugar-free diabetes-friendly option to use this sugar in any cinnamon rolls or French toast recipes.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Yield: 16 tablespoons
Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
5 from 170 votes


  • 1 tablespoon Ceylon Cinnamon note 1
  • 1 cup Granulated Sweetener note 2
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  • In a small bowl, whisk 1 part of cinnamon for 4 parts of sugar, so 1 tablespoon of cinnamon for 16 tablespoons of sugar (1 cup).
  • Store for up to 1 year in the pantry in an airtight glass mason jar.


Note 1: Ceylon cinnamon is the best for this recipe because it has a spicy flavor. If you are using Saigon cinnamon, use 1.5 tablespoons for 1 cup of sugar (ratio of 1.5 to 4).
Note 2: any granulated sweetener works, including brown sugar, sugar-free sweeteners like erythritol, xylitol, allulose, or coconut sugar if paleo.

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Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Yield: 16 tablespoons
Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 1.2kcalCarbohydrates: 11.8g (4%)Fiber: 0.3g (1%)Net Carbs: 11.5gProtein: 0.02gFat: 0.01gSaturated Fat: 0.002gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.001gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.001gSodium: 0.1mgPotassium: 2.2mgSugar: 0.01gVitamin A: 1.5IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 5mg (1%)Iron: 0.04mgMagnesium: 0.3mgZinc: 0.01mg
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Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, published author of a cookbook and many ebooks, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I have an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness obtained in 2014 from Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health). I'm passionate about sharing all my easy and tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My expertise in the field comes from my background in chemistry and years of following a keto low-carb diet. But I'm also well versed in vegetarian and vegan cooking since my husband is vegan.

I now eat a more balanced diet where I alternate between keto and a Mediterranean Diet

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweet As Honey. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

All my recipes are at least triple tested to make sure they work and I take pride in keeping them as accurate as possible.

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