This Is The Golden Ratio To Make The Perfect Cinnamon Sugar

Cinnamon sugar is undoubtedly delicious and more versatile than you might think. When we think about cinnamon sugar, it's likely that people's thoughts initially conjure the childhood classic, cinnamon toast. As yummy as it is to sprinkle or pour cinnamon sugar onto a hearty slice of toast saturated in melted butter and enjoy the caramelly finish that follows, there are many other ways to enjoy cinnamon sugar. This simple mixture also forms the ooey-gooey good part of cinnamon rolls. Dunk sugar cookies in it to make classic snickerdoodles. Add a dash of the mixture to your French toast batter for a subtle upgrade. Cover homemade pretzels in the powder prior to baking for next-level snacking. You can't go wrong with this sweet and subtly spicy mix. 

Our favorite way to use this combination is to make candied bacon. Yes, candied bacon. It's as easy to make as cinnamon sugar itself. Simply coat raw bacon in cinnamon sugar, then bake it in the oven. Cinnamon sugar is deceptively simple so, too often, we mix it off the cuff — and it comes out different every time. When there's a recipe you love, you want to be able to recreate it exactly instead of wondering whether your cinnamon sugar is too spicy or not spicy enough. Luckily, we've worked out the perfect ratio.

Mix up cinnamon sugar with ease

Cinnamon sugar comes together in a snap. The only tricky part is knowing how much of each ingredient to use instead of throwing two ingredients together and calling it a day. To ensure you get a perfectly balanced mixture every time, add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to 1 cup of white sugar and throw in a pinch of kosher salt (per Epicurious). Mix the ingredients with a spoon, then store the finished mixture in an airtight container. For those who use cinnamon sugar quickly, storing it in a shaker is fine.  

However, not all varieties of cinnamon are created equal. Our top recommendation for cinnamon varietals — if you want to get fancy — is Korintje cinnamon. Ever wonder why, no matter what you do, your homemade cinnamon rolls never taste as good as Cinnabon's? This special cinnamon variety is why Cinnabon's cinnamon rolls are so delicious. Korintje cinnamon is actually a different plant than the cinnamon you find at the store. Called Cinnamomum burmanni, Korintje cinnamon is sweet, earthy, and aromatic, and can be used in both sweet and savory applications. If you can't get your hands on Korintje, floral Ceylon cinnamon is another good option that is readily available in many supermarkets.