sugared rosemary

Gettin’ Holiday Crafty | How to Make Sugared Rosemary

Sugared rosemary sprigs make such a darling garnish to really sweep you off your feet and into a snow-covered winter wonderland. These festive sprigs can be used to decorate your holiday platters, cakes, or pies, and are especially becoming of a traditional bûche de Noël. Keep on scrollin’ to learn how to make sugared rosemary and step your holiday decorating up a notch in the simplest of ways.

sugared rosemary

How to Make Sugared Rosemary

Coating sweet little rosemary sprigs in sugar is so simple and hardly takes any time at all. It’s pretty fool-proof and it’s as easy to make 2 sprigs as it is 20.

What you’ll need:

  • sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • extra fine granulated cane sugar
  • water
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper

If you don’t have extra fine granulated sugar, you can process your sugar to an extra fine grain using a food processor, blender, or clean coffee/spice grinder. The amount of sugar you’ll need will depend on how many rosemary sprigs you plan to sugar. If you’re sugaring 10 or less sprigs, start with ~1/4 cup extra fine sugar. You can always add more.


  1. Prepare a sheet pan by lining with parchment paper.
  2. Add extra fine granulated sugar either to a shallow bowl or plate.
  3. Rinse sprigs of rosemary under cool, running water. Then shake off as much excess water as you can. The rosemary sprigs need to only be damp. Droplets of water can lead to too many large clumps of sugar.
  4. After shaking the excess water off the rosemary sprigs, roll each sprig in the sugar. You can use a spoon to sprinkle the sugar over the sprigs, making sure to coat them evenly.
  5. Tap off excess sugar and place sugared sprig on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Repeat with all remaining sprigs, adding more sugar as you go if necessary.
  7. Allow rosemary sprigs ~1 hour to dry before handling. If not using immediately, store sugared rosemary sprigs in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

How to Use Your Sugared Rosemary Sprigs

Use these festive sprigs to decorate many a holiday thing! They make great cocktail garnishes. Decorate holiday cakes, pies, platters, or charcuterie boards. Create a pine forest look by poking the sprigs into a cake upside down so that the leaves point downward.

You can also add them to holiday table centerpieces and displays or even place settings. And I’m sure there’s numerous other ways to use them as well. They’re such a simple way to bring the beauty and magic of plants into our lives during the holiday season.

I’d love to hear how you use your sugared rosemary sprigs. Drop me a comment below or tag me in your creations on the ‘gram.


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