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Sanding sugar

Can I substitute granulated sugar for sanding sugar? It's supposed to be sprinkled on my cookies on top of an egg wash.

asked by Sue A. over 3 years ago
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Greenstuff

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added over 3 years ago

Yes, you can. It'll just be slightly different, but perfectly fine.

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added over 3 years ago

Thank you - worked fine.

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added over 3 years ago

Turbinado or Maple sugar will work very well, but if you don’t have either of them, just use granulated sugar.

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added over 3 years ago

Snow storm here - used what I had and it worked - thank you.

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Diana B

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added over 3 years ago

You can also put your granulated sugar in a coffee or spice grinder and give it a whirl - it will come out much finer and be like the sanding sugar your recipe calls for.

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added over 3 years ago

I was under the impression that sanding sugar is coarser than granulated - maybe I'm wrong...

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added over 3 years ago

My sanding sugar is indeed coarser than regular granulated sugar.

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boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

Sanding sugar is also known as AA (double-A) sugar, so classified for the large size of its crystal. Because of that large size, it's perfect as a decorating sugar on cookies and scones for example. I also like to use it for the burned crust on top of crème brûlée because it fires up with a deeper crunch than a smaller-crystal sugar.

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Diana B

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added over 3 years ago

Sorry, I thought it was the superfine sugar used for sanding candied citrus peel, for example. I apologize for any confusion I introduced into the conversation!

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boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

I candied some orange peel the other day, and didn't have any superfine sugar, so used the plain-old-plain-old variety. It never crossed my (too-focused) mind to reach for the coffee grinder. Thanks for the reminder ;0)

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added over 3 years ago

No need to apologize! We all learn from these posts, especially when someone knowledgeable like boulangere weighs in!