How To Make Homemade Powdered Sugar

Out of powdered sugar? You can make your own at home. It's super easy. Repin to save!

Don’t you just hate it when you’re about to start cooking or baking, and you all of a sudden realize that you’re missing one crucial ingredient?

It’s not such a big deal when that certain ingredient isn’t the star of the dish.

But when you can’t make the dish without it – nothing is more annoying.

In these cases, it’s good to have a few food substitution tricks up your sleeve.

One such trick I learned a few months ago was to make my own powdered sugar (confectioners sugar). This technique has come in handy several times, specifically when I’ve needed powdered sugar for frosting and cookie recipes.

What Do I Need To Make Powdered Sugar?

Three things: Granulated sugar, corn starch, and a blender (or a food processor or even a coffee grinder).

The next time you find yourself in need of powdered sugar but don’t feel like running to the store, give this a try.

How to make homemade powdered sugar

A Note About Corn Starch

I have made this several times without corn starch, and it works just fine. The texture is slightly different with the corn starch, more like what you buy in the store.

But for all intents and purposes, you can make homemade powdered sugar with just granulated sugar.

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Homemade Powdered Sugar
Yield: 2 cups

Homemade Powdered Sugar

The texture of this homemade powdered sugar is slightly different than powdered sugar you buy in the grocery store. It is slightly more grainy, but works all the same in a recipe. The trick is to blend or puree it long enough. I recommend using a four-blade device (such as a blender) instead of a two-blade device (like a food processor) for better texture and results.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Instructions

  1. Place sugar and corn starch into a blender or food processor. Process until sugar becomes powdery, approximately two minutes or more.
  2. This recipe makes slightly more than two cups.

7 Responses to “How To Make Homemade Powdered Sugar”

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    Madonna — September 28, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    I have been wanting to try this because I think C&H powdered sugar taste like chemical. This just seems like a small amount of cornstarch per 2 cups of sugar. Would you reconfirm the ratio is correct?

    • Haley replied: — September 29th, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

      Actually, I have made my own powdered sugar several times without using cornstarch. So technically, you don’t really even need it. But I think a little bit of cornstarch helps with the texture. Thanks for asking!

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    Leslie — September 30, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    Oh, thanks! I didn’t know I wanted to know this but I’m so pleased I do now. It will sure save me space if I don’t need to have two products.

  3. 3

    Madonna — September 30, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    This is really good news to me. I wish I had known this sooner. Thank you so much.

  4. 4

    Phil — November 14, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    I do this in a coffee grinder that I reserve for this purpose and spice grinding (so no coffee flavor). Much easier if you only need a small amount of powdered sugar.

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    Christina — February 27, 2014 @ 9:59 pm

    how can i make the powdered sugar using just granulated sugar.?

    • Haley replied: — February 28th, 2014 @ 2:17 am

      Just follow the directions in this post and omit the corn starch. The corn starch is not necessary – just recommended.

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