Make Your Own Powdered Sugar


Here’s a little something to add to your bag of baking tricks: how to make powdered sugar at home.

That’s right, you can make your own powdered sugar at home.

It is super simple. By simply grinding granulated sugar until it reaches a powdery consistency – boom powdered sugar. It will save you a trip the to the grocery store if you’re in a pinch, and it will impress people when you tell them you made it.

Powdered sugar is, quite simply, granulated sugar that has been ground to a fine powder. There are different levels of fineness, but the most readily available type is ground 10 times, which explains why the packaging sometimes says “10x”.

Powdered sugar, confectioners’ sugar and icing sugar are actually the same thing.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional) – the cornstarch will keep moisture away, if you are planning on storing the powdered sugar to use later.


  • Place one cup of granulated sugar (and cornstarch, if using) into a blender or food processor.
  • Use the “pulse” or “blend” setting. If you’d like to make superfine sugar, just pulse for just about 30 seconds. If you’d like to make confectioners’ sugar, continue blending until it has attained a powdery consistency.

That’s it!

If you’re not using the sugar right away, store in an airtight container.


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