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How to Make Powdered Sugar

Learn how to make powdered sugar in your own kitchen. Just one ingredient and three minutes are all you need to make homemade powdered sugar!

how to make powdered sugar


Remember when I blew your mind with the info that you can make your own brown sugar?  You should remember, cause it was just last week. I mean, I hope you do, or else we need to start talking about you taking some gingko supplements.

Hold on to those barely reattached skulls, cause I’m dropping a ninja-like kitchen hacks again! Today, we’re talking about how to make powdered sugar. And I’m going to teach you to do it in your own kitchen…in three minutes. And the best part is that making your own powdered sugar is just as easy as making brown sugar; heck it’s actually easier!

Many recipes out there call for adding cornstarch to your homemade powdered sugar. False I tell you, false! Just plain ole’ sugar is all you need.

How to Make Powdered Sugar
Simply place the sugar of your choosing in a food processor, high-powered blender, or magic bullet type thingy.  Process it until it’s fine and fluffy, which should take about three minutes depending on your device. Use it that day or store in a mason jar until needed. I do find that if I’m not using the same day, I need to give the jar a shake before adding it to recipes.

If you are using this powdered sugar for frosting, I highly recommend making it an hour or so before you need to use it. The sugar can become warm and thus makes it harder for the frosting to set.

how to make powdered sugar

how to make powdered sugar

After 30 seconds in the blender on “high”

how to make powdered sugar

After 90 seconds

I bake a lot and need powdered sugar when I make homemade frosting. I used to purchase my organic powdered sugar from Azure Standard and was paying $22.50 for six one pound bags ($.23 oz). I purchase my plain organic sugar in 10-pound bags from Costco for $7.99, which works out to $.05 per oz. The savings is not only significant but for me is a convenience factor. I am never actually out of powdered sugar because I can easily make more. This can be huge come holiday baking time when powdered sugar makes frequent appearances in many recipes. And even better, I don’t have to find a place to store bags of powdered sugar in my pantry.

Here is a 30-second video on how I made it. The boys are being ding dongs in the background, and the Vitamix is super loud, so mute your volume.

how to make powdered sugar
5 from 2 votes
How to Make Powdered Sugar
Prep Time
3 mins
Total Time
3 mins
Course: Dessert
Author: Sarah - Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity
  • Regular or organic sugar
  1. Place the desired amount of regular or organic sugar in a food processor, high-powered blender, or Magic Bullet, and process for 1-3 minutes. 

  2. Finished powdered sugar should be fine, and easy to sift. I tend to dip a damp finger in the sugar to taste it and test for grit. You can always process it a bit longer until it is super fine.

Recipe Notes

If using a blender or food processor, I find it best to place a damp towel over the top to catch any escaping powdered sugar.

Homemade powdered sugar. Learn how to make powdered sugar in your own kitchen. Just one ingredient and three minutes are all you need!

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10 comments on “How to Make Powdered Sugar”

  1. Wait so your powdered sugar contains no corn starch? LOVE THIS!

  2. ^just sugar and maybe a little bit of love @Tree Huggin Momma!

  3. I seriously love you & all these awesome make it yourself stuff.

  4. Good to know, I had no idea. Thanks for linking up to Frugal Tuesday Tip!

  5. How did I not see this yesterday? I LOVE this!!!!

  6. Awesome! I make my own frosting and white sugar in bulk is cheaper than powered, Thanks!!

  7. Wow I love powder sugar on my french toast and this will be so much cheaper. Thanks also.

  8. I use a coffee grinder, it works very well. (don’t grind coffee in it) Use it for only sugar…

  9. I had no idea it was this easy!

  10. sometimes I think you’re nuts for making the most simple things. But then I realize that it is pretty darn simple and I save myself a couple $$.