How to Make Citrus Sugar

How to Make Citrus Sugar
From, by Katie Goodman

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Citrus sugar is incredibly easy to make and can add that extra special touch to a lot of recipes. It is also a great way to use up any extra citrus you may have laying around. Maybe you juiced a whole lot of lemons for a batch of homemade lemonade, why waste the zest? Turn that extra citrus zest into citrus sugar instead. There are a few ways to make citrus sugar, but I'm going to share with you my favorite quickest method. 

How to Make Citrus Sugar




  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • lemon zest, from one lemon, 2 limes, or 1/2 a grapefruit


  1. Place the sugar and the zest into a food processor and pulse until fully incorporated. 


  • Using a food processor quickly releases all of the citrus oils into the sugar. It is ready to use right away but the flavor will pick up a little if you store it in an airtight container over night.


Magimix 4200XL Food Processor

Magimix 5200XL Food Processor

Breville Food Processor

Cuisinart Elite Food Processor

7 Ways to Use Citrus Sugar

You might be thinking, "sure this sounds great, but what am I going to do with this citrus sugar?" Here are 7 fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

  • Mix it with olive oil or coconut oil for a delicious hand scrub.
  • As a finishing sugar and sprinkle on top of baked treats.
  • Use to sweeten iced tea or other summertime cold drinks, like this sparkling rhubarb raspberry lemonade
  • Rim cocktail glasses
  • Use in citrus recipes that call for granulated sugar or an extra citrus pop, such as using lime sugar in these kiwi lime bars
  • Add to citrus based marinades for summertime grilling

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Enhance other baked goods with a pop of citrus. White chocolate chip cookies become something a little more special when they're lemon white chocolate chip cookies.

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