30-Second Homemade Powdered Sugar – Perfect for Cookies and Frosting

Homemade powdered sugar seriously takes like 30 seconds. I didn’t just create that title to get your attention.

But first, let’s talk about why I needed homemade powdered sugar in the first place. If you’re a parent or an absentminded baker, you can probably relate to the story below.

I was making sugar cookies with my kids on Thanksgiving, and they wanted to frost them. I opened the pantry and groaned. OF COURSE I WAS OUT OF POWDERED SUGAR.

Yeah, some stores are open on Thanksgiving…but I didn’t want to battle crowds of people for a small bag of powdered sugar. Actually, I don’t want to battle crowds for anything, but that’s a story for another day.

My kids were getting impatient, so I knew I had to whip up a quick batch of homemade powdered sugar before they started arguing. My house is an argument-free zone on holidays. Okay, I made that up, but I wish it was true.

I realized I had plenty of regular sugar (organic dried cane juice, if we’re being fancy), so I grabbed my Magic Bullet and went to town.

I started with this:

homemade powdered sugar

And ended up with this:

homemade powdered sugar

Super simple.

As an added bonus, a whirring Magic Bullet or blender drowns out cries of “My brother just kicked me!” and “He’s touching my toys again!” nicely. You’re welcome.

To recap: Homemade powdered sugar is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. You need 1 cup of white sugar and a blender. That’s it.

Add 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch or cornstarch to the mixture if you’re worried it will clump or stick together. I usually skip this step, but that’s because I use my powdered sugar immediately. Like within 5 minutes.

It’s like magic, guys! At least that’s what I tell my kids.

homemade powdered sugar

Whatever you do, don’t store your homemade powdered sugar in plastic baggies. It’s really awkward when someone else finds your sugar stash and assumes it’s something else.

Ready to make your own homemade powdered sugar? Here’s my printable, Pinnable recipe:

30-Second Homemade Powdered Sugar
Print Recipe
Homemade powdered sugar creates silky-smooth frosting. It's also great for topping cookies, brownies, waffles, or French Toast
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 people 1 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 people 1 minute
30-Second Homemade Powdered Sugar
Print Recipe
Homemade powdered sugar creates silky-smooth frosting. It's also great for topping cookies, brownies, waffles, or French Toast
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 people 1 minute
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 people 1 minute
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a Magic Bullet or blender. Blend for 30 to 60 seconds until sugar becomes soft and fluffy.
Recipe Notes

You don't really need tapioca starch or cornstarch. It helps keep your powdered sugar from sticking together and clumping, but it'll be fine without it.

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19 thoughts on “30-Second Homemade Powdered Sugar – Perfect for Cookies and Frosting

    • November 29, 2016 at 8:34 pm
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      You’re welcome. Please come back and let me know how it turns out! πŸ™‚

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  • November 29, 2016 at 8:46 pm
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    Some things are just way too easy. Why buy powdered sugar. Thanks for the fun post.

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    • November 29, 2016 at 9:01 pm
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      Thanks, Jere. I’m glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

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  • November 29, 2016 at 9:25 pm
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    This is genius!
    I love the way you write. Thanks for the tip about drowning the kids’ voices with the noise from the blender. Hahaha that comes in handy!

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    • November 30, 2016 at 8:20 am
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      Thank you, Precious – it’s Parenting Hack #15893445734. πŸ˜‰

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    • November 30, 2016 at 8:19 am
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      Thanks for stopping by, Joleene! πŸ™‚

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  • November 29, 2016 at 10:35 pm
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    OMG – this is brilliant! Trying this ASAP! Not buying powdered sugar makes me so excited! Hahaha!

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    • November 30, 2016 at 8:19 am
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      LOL! Thanks, Heather!

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  • November 30, 2016 at 4:55 am
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    Hi. It’s really simple and looks amazing. will definitely try. thanks for sharing.

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    • November 30, 2016 at 8:18 am
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      Thanks, Zahra!

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  • November 30, 2016 at 8:27 am
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    That’s brilliant! Wow, you opened up some new doors for me! And yes, the blender is terrific in drowning out noices

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    • November 30, 2016 at 8:42 am
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      Thank you, DIYFamilyGarden. Glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

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  • November 30, 2016 at 12:44 pm
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    I’m always out of powdered sugar. I never realized I could be making it myself all these years. Thank you for this tip!

    ~Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    • November 30, 2016 at 12:49 pm
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      You’re welcome, Mary! πŸ™‚

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    • November 30, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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      You’re welcome, DanaErinW. πŸ™‚

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