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How To Make Lilac Sugar

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Lilac sugar adds a soft and gentle floral note to your baking and desserts. Use it anywhere you would use white sugar.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time 7 days
Total Time: 7 days 15 minutes
CLose up of lilac sugar on a spoon.

Lilac sugar is a breeze to make. All you need is lilac blossoms, white sugar, and a little time. After about a week, just sift out the blossoms, then use it anywhere you would use white sugar in recipes.

One of my favorite ways to use lilac sugar is in these lemon poppy seed shortbread cookies—you can omit the lemon, poppy seeds, or both if you want. It’s also a terrific addition to these blueberry cake donuts. Maybe because of all the purple?

The same principle of making floral-scented sugar applies to any fragrant, edible flowers. Wild rose sugar is also be gorgeous but tends to be stronger in flavor than lilac.

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  • Lilac blossoms
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Overhead shot of lilac sugar and a spoon in a small glass dish.

10 Ways To Use Lilac Sugar

  1. Whip with 35% cream to make lilac whipped cream.
  2. Cream with butter in your favourite cake recipe.
  3. Sprinkle on top of scones or pie crust before baking.
  4. Use in place of regular sugar in your favourite homemade ice cream recipe.
  5. Toss with pears and roast them.
  6. Add to fresh chopped strawberries, let the berries macerate, and use for strawberry shortcake.
  7. Mix with oats, butter, and flour on top of blueberry crisp.
  8. Make lilac-scented rhubarb simple syrup.
  9. Use as an ingredient in a homemade lemonade, iced tea, or an Earl Grey mocktail.
  10. Rim the glass of a summer cocktail.
Sugar and lilac blossoms on a spoon.

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Sugar and lilac blossoms on a spoon.

How To Make Lilac Sugar

Author: Kelly Neil
Lilac sugar adds a soft and gentle floral note to your baking and desserts. Use it anywhere you would use white sugar.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 7 days
Total Time 7 days 15 minutes
Course Ingredient
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 16 servings
Calories 51 kcal

Special Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons or digital kitchen scale
  • Glass jar with tight fitting lid
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup lilac blossoms, removed from stem, gently shaken to loosen dirt or insects


  • Measure the sugar into a glass jar with some extra room in the jar. Add the lilac blossoms to the sugar. Seal the lid tightly and give the jar a gentle shake all over. Store the jar in a cool dark place, shaking it once a day for at least one week. Remove any browned blossoms as needed.
  • Use a fine mesh strainer to sift the lilac flowers out of the sugar. Store the lilac sugar in the jar and use anywhere you would use regular sugar.

Recipe Notes

The moisture in the flowers will make the sugar clump during the week. Don’t worry, just continue to shake every day to infuse the lilac flavor.


Serving: 15gCalories: 51kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 2mgSugar: 13gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Do you use the lilac flowers for anything after you separate them? I always feel bad just throwing things away.

    1. Hi! If your blooms still look intact, you can definitely use them. They’re beautiful in a pitcher of lemonade, they make a great garnish for cupcakes or any other pretty desserts, and I sometimes use them to garnish cocktails!

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