This quick and simple 2-ingredient recipe for Homemade Strawberry Sugar is here to help you savor the essence of summer with every delightful spoonful. My strawberry-infused sugar is a symphony of plump, ruby-red strawberries perfectly preserved in delicately sweet crystalline form.
Whether you add this enchanting blend of luscious berry-infused sugar to freshly baked treats, stir it into creamy breakfasts, or use it to rim your favorite fruity cocktails, it's sure to elevate your culinary creations to new heights.
With just a sprinkle of this pretty-in-pink ambrosia, your desserts, beverages, and breakfast treats will awaken with a burst of vibrant flavor as this aromatic treasure casts its spell on every bite.
So, what are you waiting for? Let's whip up a batch of homemade flavored sugar! It'll only take 5 minutes and will add bright, juicy strawberry flavor to all your favorite recipes.
⭐ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a strawberry fanatic. As soon as the season begins, I’m off to the races. From sticky, chewy cereal treats to berry and cream-stuffed shortcakes, homemade pink lemonade to puckery popsicles, these beautiful, bright red berries are featured in as many treats as I can imagine.
My newest obsession? Blitzing freeze-dried strawberries and sugar to create a gorgeous, naturally pink-tinted sweetener that can be added to everything from cookies and cakes to coffee and breakfast pastries.
Aside from adding a Barbie-inspired splash of color and sparkle to everything it touches, this strawberry and sugar infusion is also:
- Made With Just 2 Simple Ingredients - I’d bet you can guess what they are from the name. 😉
- Quick & Simple - Measure, blitz in a food processor, and store. Flavored sugars are a snap to make!
- Versatile - Whether you use it to decorate your sugar cookies, add sparkle and pizzaz to berries and flowers, rim your cocktails, make strawberry sugar syrup, or sweeten your breakfast porridge, this sugar and strawberry blend can do anything plain white sugar can do, except with more style.
- Customizable - Allergic to strawberries? Swap in another freeze-dried fruit to make blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry sugar instead. Want to add another layer of flavor? Add some vanilla beans to the mix. Read on below for even more ideas to make this flavored sugar your own.
As promised, you only need two simple ingredients to make this strawberry-flavored sugar. Here’s what to grab:
- Freeze-Dried Strawberries - Whether you buy a tiny, single-serve package from your local grocery store or keep a prepper-sized tin of them in your pantry, these delightfully crisp fruit snacks are packed with flavor and nutrition.
- Granulated Sugar - Plain white sugar is neutrally-flavored, so all you taste is sweet strawberry goodness.
⏲️ Substitutions & Variations
The great thing about making your own fruit-infused sugar is that you can customize it to your every whim. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Swap Your Fruit - You’re welcome to use any freeze-dried fruit (or combination thereof) that you prefer. Note that you may need to adjust the sugar-to-fruit ratio depending on how sweet the fruit itself is.
- Add More Flavor - Feel free to get creative here. Add tiny black flecks of vanilla beans, warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, or cardamom, edible lavender or rose petals, or even balance out the sweetness with a hint of salt. The options are as endless as your imagination!
- Go Sugar-Free - If you’re avoiding added sugar in your diet, consider swapping in a cup-for-cup sugar alternative like Splenda or Swerve.
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
📖 How To Make Flavored Sugar — Step-by-Step Instructions
Learning how to make flavored sugars is as easy as 1-2-3!
Step 1: Blitz the freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor or blender until the strawberries turn into powder.
Step 2: Sift the strawberry powder with your granulated sugar. If you find that there are large pieces of leftover strawberries, pulse them in the blender or food processor until powdery.
Step 3: Mix the powdered strawberry with sugar together until homogenous, then use as you wish!
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips/Expert baking tips
- Save leftover silica packets from things like vitamin bottles and new boxes of shoes. Use the packets to store your freeze-dried strawberries and newly blended strawberry sugar to keep them fresh and dry.
- Make sure your equipment is completely dry. Freeze-dried strawberries may shatter into powder when they’re totally dry, but these thirsty little babes will soak up any liquid that’s nearby. Ensure your blender or food processor and storage container are bone dry to prevent mold from growing.
💭 Recipe FAQs
Strawberry-infused sugar can be used in nearly any recipe that calls for regular white sugar. This homemade strawberry sugar can be used in various ways, such as sprinkling it over fresh fruit, adding it to baked goods like French toast or quick breads, or using it as a sweet topping for ice cream sundaes or strawberry shortcake.
It's a great way to enjoy the taste of summer and add natural flavors to your favorite treats. I’ve used it to add a new layer of flavor to snickerdoodles, sprinkled it over my morning lattes, added some color to my pancakes.
Keep your freshly prepared strawberry sugar in a clean, airtight container in a cool, dark cabinet, preferably with a packet of silica in there to keep out any latent humidity. It should store well for 1-2 years under the proper conditions.
Strawberry sugar tends to clump due to the high moisture content of fresh strawberries, so it's best to store it in a dry, airtight glass jar at room temperature. If you prefer a smoother texture, you can sift the strawberry sugar before using it.
It's worth noting that while strawberry sugar adds a wonderful taste to your dishes, it's always good to be mindful of total sugar content, especially if you have dietary restrictions or concerns about blood sugar levels. As always, it's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or refer to nutritional information for specific guidance.
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- ½ cup Freeze dried strawberries
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- Add the freeze dried strawberries into a food processor or blender that is bone dry! The blend until the strawberries have turned into a powder.½ cup Freeze dried strawberries
- Sift the strawberry powder into a medium bowl with your granulated sugar. If you find that there are large pieces of leftover strawberries, place them back into the blender or food processor and pulse again.1 cup Granulated Sugar
- Mix the strawberry powder and sugar together until homogenous, then use as you wish! (cocktail rim, coating sugar cookies, adding to recipe that calls for sugar, etc)