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How to Make Powdered Sugar

Learn how to make powdered sugar at home! Powdered sugar without cornstarch is affordable for your favorite recipes like frosting, icing, or whipped cream. You’ll never buy storebought again!

homemade powdered sugar in a blue bowl with a black background

Remember when I blew your mind with the info that you can make your own brown sugar?

Hold on to those barely reattached skulls, cause I’m dropping a ninja-like kitchen hack again! Today, we’re talking about how to make powdered sugar.

And I’m going to teach you to do it in your own kitchen…in three minutes. And the best part is that making your own powdered sugar is just as easy as making brown sugar; heck it’s actually easier!

How to Make Powdered Sugar

Simply place the sugar of your choosing in a food processor, high-powered blender, coffee grinder, or magic bullet type thingy. Process it until it’s fine and fluffy, which should take about three minutes depending on your device.

The 3 stages of making homemade powdered sugar

Here is a 30-second video on how I made it. The boys are being ding dongs in the background, and the Vitamix is super loud, so mute your volume.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Store homemade powdered sugar in an air-tight container. I prefer a mason jar.
  • Many recipes call for cornstarch or arrowroot powder in their posts about how to make powdered sugar. I find it unnecessary, but I do find that if I’m not using the same day, I need to give the jar a shake before adding it to recipes.
  • If you are using this sugar for frosting, I highly recommend making it an hour or so before you need to use it. The sugar can become warm and thus makes it harder for the frosting to set.

homemade powdered sugar on a black board with sugar and a sifter

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homemade powdered sugar in a blue bowl with a black background
5 from 6 votes
How to Make Powdered Sugar
Prep Time
3 mins
Total Time
3 mins

Learn how to make powdered sugar in your own kitchen. Just one ingredient and three minutes are all you need to make homemade powdered sugar!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade powdered sugar, How to Make Encurtido, powdered sugar
Calories: 31 kcal
  1. Place the desired amount of regular or organic sugar in a food processor, high-powered blender, or Magic Bullet, and process for 1-3 minutes. Do stay near the blender while it is processing.

  2. Finished powdered sugar should be fine, and easy to sift. I tend to dip a damp finger in the sugar to taste it and test for grit. You can always process it a bit longer until it is super fine.

Recipe Notes

If using a blender or food processor, I find it best to place a damp towel over the top to catch any escaping powdered sugar.


Stay in the same room with the blender while it is processing.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Powdered Sugar
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 8g9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in 2012. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:
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14 comments on “How to Make Powdered Sugar”

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  3. Be advised that while the lack of cornstarch can be a very good thing where it is not needed, the cornstarch works a kind of magic in recipes such as shortbread cookies, etc. and would need to be added  for authentic texture. That said, whatever you like is fine. It’s just that baking is chemistry, remember. ‘Not a hater. Love your posts. 

  4. sometimes I think you’re nuts for making the most simple things. But then I realize that it is pretty darn simple and I save myself a couple $$.

  5. I had no idea it was this easy!

  6. I use a coffee grinder, it works very well. (don’t grind coffee in it) Use it for only sugar…

  7. Wow I love powder sugar on my french toast and this will be so much cheaper. Thanks also.

  8. Awesome! I make my own frosting and white sugar in bulk is cheaper than powered, Thanks!!

  9. How did I not see this yesterday? I LOVE this!!!!

  10. Good to know, I had no idea. Thanks for linking up to Frugal Tuesday Tip!

  11. I seriously love you & all these awesome make it yourself stuff.

  12. ^just sugar and maybe a little bit of love @Tree Huggin Momma!

  13. Wait so your powdered sugar contains no corn starch? LOVE THIS!