How to Make Ginger Sugar

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If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make Ginger Sugar, you’ve come to the right place. With just two simple ingredients, you can have ginger infused sugar to use yourself or gift to others.

Ginger sugar on a spoon over a glass container.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

The possibilities are endless when it comes to ways to use this sugar and ginger mixture.

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  • Gift it to friends and neighbors.
  • One of my favorite things is to use it in tea. Sweetened ginger tea with a little lemon juice is very comforting.
  • Roll cookies in it.
  • Sprinkle some over muffins before baking.
  • You only need 2 ingredients.
  • Roll your snickerdoodles in a ginger sugar coating.
  • This recipe easily doubles or triples if you want to make a big batch.
  • A homemade version is better than anything store-bought because you can get the right ginger flavor for you.
  • It’s easily stored in a mason jar.
  • There are a lot of great recipes where you could add a bit of this ginger sugar.

What ingredients do I need for homemade Ginger Sugar?

  • Crystallized Ginger Pieces, also known as candied ginger. I used Selefina Spices.
  • A Cup of Sugar
Image of ginger sugar ingredients. Chopped crystallized ginger on a cutting board next to a jar of crystallized ginger and decorative jar of sugar.

How do you make ginger sugar?

There are a few ways you can make ginger sugar but I prefer this one over the others because it will last a long time.

If you’re using larger pieces of crystallized ginger, use a sharp knife to cut them up into smaller pieces. I prefer little bits of ginger to larger pieces. I find this is the easiest way to impart flavor quickly.

I used white sugar I’d also like to try this easy recipe using brown sugar.

Complete ingredients and instructions are in the printable recipe card below.

How can I gift infused sugar?

Homemade ginger sugar not only adds a delightful touch to your cooking but also makes for a thoughtful and personalized gift.

Package the ginger sugar in mason jars, tie a ribbon around them, and share them with friends and family. The unique combination of sweetness and spice is sure to be a hit.

Overhead view of sugar and chopped crystallized ginger in a glass jar.

How do you use homemade ginger sugar?

There are great uses for this ginger sugar. If the sugar is infused with the ginger to your linking either use a slotted spoon to scoop out the ginger pieces or put the sugar through a sifter.

Take a Snickerdoodle recipe, substitute ginger for cinnamon, and roll in ginger sugar rather than cinnamon sugar.

My Mom always sprinkled sugar granulated sugar on top of blueberry muffin batter before baking them. Ginger and blueberries go well together so sprinkle a bit of this sugar on top before baking.

Sweeten your mug of hot tea with ginger sugar for a quick flavored tea. You could also use it in your iced tea too.

How do you store ginger infused sugar?

Store ginger sugar the way you would store granulated sugar, in an airtight container. Keep it on the counter or in the pantry at room temperature.

Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, as exposure to heat and light can compromise the quality of the ginger-infused sugar.

Label the jar with the date you made it to keep track of its freshness. With proper storage, your homemade ginger sugar can be a pantry staple.

Tips and Suggestions

The first time I made this ginger infused sugar I didn’t use enough candied ginger so the next time I added a bit more. You can certainly start with less than what the recipe calls for and adjust it after a few days.

Allow the ginger and sugar mixture to rest for 2-3 weeks for optimum flavor before using it.

Roll sugar cookie dough in the sugar mixture.

Make pumpkin ginger donuts and use the ginger infused sugar to coat them.

Use this infused sugar in savory dishes too. Sprinkle some over your oatmeal for some sweetness.

My Mom always sprinkled sugar over grapefruit. Ginger sugar here would be a delicious pairing.

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Homemade Ginger Sugar

With just two simple ingredients, you can have ginger infused sugar to use yourself or gift to others.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Condiments Spices and Sauces
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 Pint Size Mason Jar


  • ¼ cup Crystallized Ginger, chopped
  • 1 cup Sugar


  • In a glass jar, combine the granulated sugar and crystallized ginger. Using a spoon stir the sugar and ginger pieces to incorporate them into the sugar. Cover tightly.
    1 cup Sugar, ¼ cup Crystallized Ginger, chopped
  • Allow flavors to combine for 7 – 10 days before using or longer for a more intense flavor. Open the jar and stir daily. Us as desired.

Recipe Notes

For stronger ginger sugar, use more ginger.

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