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Lemon Sugar

Lemon sugar is a flavorful way to repurpose lemon peels. Use it any way you’d use regular sugar to brighten up drinks and baked goods.

Lemon peals in a jar with sugar

Lemon sugar is a great way to use lemon zest.  

Before squeezing lemons for lemonade I peel the zest off.  

Then I use it to make lemon extract or lemon sugar.

I do it before rather than later because it is easier to peel it that way.  

This is a great waste not want not recipe that repurposes ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away.

To my surprise, this sugar tastes like candy.  

Not an overly sour lemon candy, but has more of a sweet flavor with a hint of lemon.  

Actually, the peels end up becoming a sort of candy themselves that I really enjoy eating.  

This is a plus because then they don’t get tossed even after being used. I ate them!

So now to the big question: what can it be used for?  

The answer is it can be added to anything for an extra touch of lemon.  

You can use it in place of regular sugar in recipes or tea, lemonade, and limonana, sprinkled over cookies, or to decorate the rim of a glass.  

I like to decorate my lemonade and limonana glasses with it and I think it works well in sweet potato pie which uses lemon extract.

If you’d like to make colored lemon sugar first follow this recipe and then follow my recipe for how to make colored sugar.

Lemon Sugar

Lemon peals in a jar with sugar

Lemon sugar can be used in baking, to decorate the rims of glasses, and to add not only sweetness but extra flavor to drinks.


  • Peal from one lemon
  • 1 cup white sugar (200 grams)


  1. Put peels and sugar in a jar. Try to make sure the peels are completely immersed in the sugar.
  2. Shake every few days. Let sit for one month.

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Julie Novak

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Does the lemon peel mean just the yellow zest part or the whole peel including the pith?


Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Just the zest part :)

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