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Homemade Flavored Sugars – Lemon Mint, Blueberry Vanilla and Orange Rum

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As soon as Halloween is over and done with, the focus in my attention shifts 100% towards the holiday season. My family goes all out every year too over the holidays. I’m talking decorations up within the first half of November, Christmas music playing on repeat, tons of DIY Christmas crafts with the kids, and my personal favorite, non-stop holiday baking with one of my go-to ingredients: flavored sugars!

Homemade Flavored Sugar

Lately, I’ve been trying to mix things up a bit more and have a little fun with my holiday baking. I’ve been making a ton of holiday themed “in a jar” recipes over the last few weeks, but the three recipes that I’m about to share with you guys today are particularly fun for this time of year.

The recipes make three different kinds of flavored sugar:

  • Blueberry vanilla sugar
  • Orange, rum, and vanilla sugar
  • Lemon and mint sugar

Each one of the recipes are pretty easy to prepare as well, so I definitely recommend trying out all three in order to see which one you like the best!

Blueberry Vanilla Sugar

To make the first kind of flavored sugar, you’ll be needing approximately one cup of granulated sugar, along with one vanilla bean (that has been halved and scraped), two teaspoons of freeze dried blueberry powder, and two teaspoons of lemon juice.

Blueberry Vanilla

Blueberry Vanilla

Blueberry Vanilla

You’ll need to combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl before spreading the mixture out over your prepared baking sheet. Let the sugar dry out in the oven for about 30 minutes, stirring it occasionally. Once out of the oven, let the sugar cool off completely, and then use a spoon to break up any clumps.

After the sugar cools off, you can transfer it into a jar to have ready to go for your next baking recipe. Speaking of which, if you find that you absolutely love the flavor of this sugar, then you might be interested in checking out some of these other blueberry vanilla recipes from around the web:

Orange, Rum and Vanilla Sugar

To make the second flavored sugar recipe, you’ll need one cup of brown sugar, one vanilla bean (again, halved and scraped), one teaspoon of orange juice, 1 ½ teaspoons of dark rum, and the finely grated zest from two oranges.

Orange Rum

Orange Rum

Orange Rum

Orange Rum

Actually making the sugar is identical to the previous recipe – mix everything together, dry it off for 30 minutes in the oven, break up any clumps with a spoon, and then transfer the sugar into a jar.

If you find that you prefer the taste of the orange, rum, and vanilla flavored sugar, then the following recipes may be of particular interest to you:

Lemon and Mint Sugar

Last but not least is the lemon and mint sugar recipe. For this one, you’ll be needing one cup of granulated sugar, ⅓ cup of minced fresh mint, one teaspoon of lemon juice, and the finely grated zest from two lemons.

Lemon Mint

Lemon Mint

Lemon Mint

Lemon Mint

And once again, it’s the exact same drill when making this flavored sugar as the last two. This particular recipe is actually my personal favorite of the three, but that’s largely because I just love the combination of lemon and mint. With that in mind, here are some of my very favorite lemon and mint baking recipes from around the web:

Homemade Flavored Sugar

Homemade Flavored Sugar

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Homemade Flavored Sugar

Homemade Flavored Sugars – Lemon Mint, Blueberry Vanilla and Orange Rum

  • Author: Anna - MissWish.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
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Ingredients

Blueberry Vanilla Sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 vanilla bean, halved and scraped

2 tsp freeze dried blueberry powder

2 tsp lemon juice

Orange, Rum and Vanilla Sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 vanilla bean, halved and scraped

finely grated zest from 2 oranges

1 tsp orange juice

1 ½ tsp dark rum

Lemon and Mint Sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

finely grated zest from 2 small lemons

1/3 cup fresh mint, washed, dried and minced

1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

Blueberry Vanilla Sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 170°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl combine the sugar, vanilla seeds, lemon juice and blueberry powder.
  4. Spread the sugar on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Dry the sugar in the oven for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  7. Use a spoon to break up any large clumps.
  8. Transfer into a jar.

Orange, Rum and Vanilla Sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 170°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl combine the sugar, vanilla seeds, orange juice, rum and orange zest.
  4. Spread the sugar on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Dry the sugar in the oven for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  7. Use a spoon to break up any large clumps.
  8. Transfer into a jar.

Lemon and Mint Sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 170°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl combine the sugar, mint, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. Spread the sugar on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Dry the sugar in the oven for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  7. Use a spoon to break up any large clumps.
  8. Transfer into a jar.
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Can You Recommend Any Other Flavored Sugar Recipes?

While these three recipes are my usual go to choices, I can definitely recommend a few other options from around the web as well that are well worth a try:

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