Strawberries are my absolute favorite fruit, and I'm always so bummed when the season is over! But, with this Strawberry Sugar, you can have a taste of summer berries year-round!
This Homemade Strawberry Sugar combines sweet strawberries with granulated sugar for a taste of summer no matter the season! Add it to baked goods, flavor butter, use it to rim cocktail glasses, and more!
What is Strawberry Sugar?
Strawberry sugar is regular granulated sugar that has been combined with powdered freeze-dried strawberries. Using freeze-dried berries, you can add the flavor of ripe strawberries without any added moisture. The sugar then has the sweet flavor of strawberries that make it a very versatile ingredient!
TWO ingredients. That's it! See the recipe card (below) for ingredient measurements. The recipe can easily be scaled up or down depending on how much sugar you need.
- Sugar- For sweetness.
- Freeze-Dried Strawberries - For flavor. Make sure that you're using *freeze-dried* strawberries, as they're free of moisture and will process into a powder. Regular "dried" strawberries will not!
This recipe can easily be scaled up or down depending on how much Strawberry Sugar you want. For a larger batch, it's easier to make several smaller batches than to try to make a large amount all at once.
Pour a small amount of sugar and all the freeze-dried strawberries into a coffee grinder or food processor. Process until strawberries are finely ground.
Pour sugar/strawberry mixture into a bowl with the remaining sugar and whisk to combine.
Hint: Make sure your coffee grinder or food processor is *completely* dry before you begin!
How to Use Strawberry Sugar
So now you know how to make Strawberry Sugar, but how do you use it? Here are some ideas for you:
- In baked goods - Substitute plain sugar with strawberry sugar in bakes. Cakes, cookies, pies...you name it!
- In whipped cream - The flavor of strawberries is a lovely addition to whipped cream!
- In tea - Make your tea even more flavorful! Just ensure that your strawberries are ground finely, as the sugar will dissolve, but the strawberries will not.
- To rim cocktail glasses - Strawberry Sugar doesn't work as well to sweeten cold beverages, as the sugar doesn't dissolve as readily. However, it's fantastic on the rim of a cocktail glass!
- Add to butter - Add a little to some softened butter and you have the perfect accompaniment for biscuits, scones, breads, and more!
- Use as a garnish - Sprinkle a little on top of cake or cookies or anything that could use a little floral flavor.
- Sprinkle over fresh fruit - A fantastic way to fancy up fresh fruit, and pairs beautifully with berries, stone fruits, and citrus.
- Sprinkle over oatmeal or yogurt - The perfect way to add a little sweetness and flavor to your favorite breakfast or snack!
- Makes a great gift - In just a few minutes you can have jars of flavored sugar for gifting to family and friends!
Hint: If you're looking for something sweet to make with Strawberry Sugar, check out the recipe for my Strawberry Shortbread Cookies!
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Coffee Grinder - A coffee ginder is my preferred equipment for this recipe, as the bowl is quite small. I bought one with a removable, dishwasher-safe bowl so that it's easy to clean between uses!
Food Processor - If you don't have a coffee grinder, a food processor is your next best bet. A small/mini food processor will work best. If you have a larger food processor, definitely use the smallest bowl insert that you have.
Strawberry Sugar can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six months.
You can easily change the color/amount of strawberry flavor in the Strawberry Sugar by adding more or less freeze-dried strawberries than are listed in the recipe.
Absolutely! This process will work with just about any freeze-dried fruit.
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- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup freeze-dried strawberries (see note)
- Pour a few tablespoons sugar and all the freeze-dried strawberries into a coffee grinder or food processor. (If using a food processor, you may have to use ¼ cup sugar to get the strawberries to process finely, as it has a larger bowl.)
- Process the sugar and strawberries until the strawberries are ground finely. This process nearly "powders" the sugar, which is why you don't want to process all the sugar at once.
- Pour the sugar/strawberry mixture into a bowl with the remaining sugar and whisk to combine. Sugar can be used immediately, and will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six months.Enjoy!