The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

Desserts, DIY, Homemade

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

Today is the day! The Year of Cozy: 125 Recipes, Crafts and Other Homemade Adventures is out in the world. I hope you love it. I hope you think it’s fun and inspiring and funny and more fun.

When I set out to make this book I wanted it to be a bit different than this blog; I wanted it to be an extension, tell a slightly different story. It is just that. It’s a story about working through all the muck that is our mundane and very normal and, often times, challenging lives. It’s about controlling what you can in life because sometimes things aren’t so easy. One thing I found I could control was my thoughts, how I spent my free time and my perspective. I know this idea sounds a bit lofty and it sort of is. The inspiration came from listening to This is Water by David Foster Wallace, a life-changing listen (if you haven’t, I highly recommend it).

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

While the book’s introduction may sound a bit like, ok calm down, Adrianna, the rest of the book is happy. It’s broken up into sections: “Make,” “Live, “Do.” There are DIYs, recipes and ideas to make your day a bit sweeter.

There’s also a ton of Amelia. Hello grain-free doggie doughnuts!

Today I’m sharing a recipe for Fruit Sugars. It took me a looooong time to figure out this recipe and when I finally nailed it, I felt silly because it really couldn’t be simpler. Freeze dried fruit is pulsed in a food processor and then mixed with sugar and a teeny bit of water. As you mix the two vigorously with your fingers, the sugar will take on the fruit’s color. I think it’s beautiful.

Put this sugar in tea. Sprinkle it on cookies. Put it on all the things!!!

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

I’m not sure you know how much A Cozy Kitchen means to me. I imagine you don’t because I don’t really talk about it all that often, do I?

The whole world could be crumbling, but as long as I can bake and cook and shoot and do it with Amelia by my side and you reading, all will be ok.

This space encourages me, it inspires me, you inspire me. Thank you so much for hearing my very hormotional rant right now. Thank you for spending your hard-earned money on my book. And thank you for simply being here and reading this. I appreciate you all so very much.



Order The Year of Cozy
Like my custom stamp? I got it here on Etsy!
Bowls from Suite One Studio (who made so many beautiful pieces in the book)
Listen to me on The One Plant Podcast with Jessica Murnane discussing all things The Year of Cozy (plus, she’s giving away a book! You just have to answer the question: Who do you want to cozy up with? Bowchicabowow!)

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

The Year of Cozy: Fruit Sugars

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 1 cup fruit sugar


  • 1/2 cup freeze dried fruit, (peach, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries)
  • 1 cup pure cane sugar


  • In a blender or food processor, pulse until the mixture resembles a powder. In a bowl, combine the powdered freeze-dried fruit and sugar; add 1/8 teaspoon water. Rub the entire mixture vigorously with your hands until the sugar turns the color of the fruit.
  • Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread out the sugar evenly. Place the baking sheet near a sunny window to dry for 1 to 2 hours. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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  • Reply Kristina October 6, 2015 at 1:29 am

    I love this idea. And congratulations with your new milestone. It’s a great place you created here on your blog.

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan October 6, 2015 at 6:14 am

    CONGRATS! I can’t wait to see your book (which I’m getting today!) and all the hard work you’ve put into it. You were one of the first food blogs I started following (like wayyy back in the day) and you continue to be an inspiration. Keep inspiring and being a bad ass lady!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Thanks, Abby! You seriously are the best. Thanks so much for reading for so very long and commenting with funny things. I hope you like the book. xoxo

  • Reply Becky October 6, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Hi, I love the idea of these fruit sugars! Is it possible to make them with regular fruit? I can’t get freeze-dried fruits where I live, and a lot of fruits I can’t even get dried in any format. Would it be a consistency problem if I used fresh fruit?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Hi Becky, I don’t think so. The water in the fruit will cause mold to grow. You should try Amazon! They sell everything on there. 😉

      • Reply Becky October 7, 2015 at 1:05 am

        If only Amazon shipped to my country! Thanks for the info. 🙂

  • Reply Erin October 6, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I pre-ordered your book and it should be here today. I’m excited! Could you roll the cookies in the fruit sugar first (like an icebox shortbread)? I’ve done it with colored sugar before I sliced and baked it… I bet they would taste so good with the fruit sugar!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

      YAYY! Thank you!! Oh yeah, I bet you could. I bet that’d be awesome.

  • Reply Michelle October 6, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Congrats!! What an exciting day! I just found Jessica’s podcasts this weekend, so I’m SUPER stoked to see that you’re on there!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Thank you! I love her podcast–I’m actually working my way through a lot of her episodes!

  • Reply Ashlae October 6, 2015 at 7:52 am

    THESE ARE THE CUTEST THINGS EVER. Also? You book is the best (it earned the top spot on our coffee table, FYI). And every person who comes over immediately picks it up and is like I NEED THIS BOOK. And I’m like YEAH YOU DO.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Ashlae! YOU DA BEST EVER. Thank you so much for telling me this. My insecure ass needs this type of shit today. Haha. xoxo

  • Reply Heather October 6, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Huge congrats on the book!! All the recipes I’ve seen from it on other blogs look amazing, so hopefully I can get my hands on it some time soon. Those fruit sugars are absolutely gorgeous – the colours are too good to be true!

  • Reply Ashley Nathalie October 6, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Lovely post! I’m very excited to make these sugars and FOR MY BOOK TO GET HURRRRR. Congrats on the new book and thanks for giving me something pretty to read while I slave away at work 🙂

  • Reply Sydney | Modern Granola October 6, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Yay! Congratulations! Fruit sugar sound and looks amazing! The possibilities really do seem endless. Can’t wait to give that a try!
    Best wishes on your beautiful book!
    xx Sydney

  • Reply Melissa October 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

    YOU are so inspiring! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I don’t know if it’s already out there in the world, but I’d love a look into how you got started in all of this. I’m at the crossroads of unemployment and self-employment (- also a “crossroads of should and must” if you’ve read that article/book!) and you’re seriously very inspiring. You’ve clearly followed your passion and it seems to be paying off! Anyway. You’re awesome. Congrats on the book!

    • Reply Abbie October 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Melissa, check out my brother’s new company:

      He was in a similar place recently and it sounds like they might have some advice 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 6, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Thank you, Melissa. I actually talk about it on Jessica’s podcast (the episode link is at the end of the post). Give it a listen. I love her other episodes too. Thank you so much for being here and good luck!

      • Reply Melissa October 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm

        Oh, awesome! Thanks ladies 🙂

  • Reply Katrina Fuscaldo October 6, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Hiiiiii Adrianna,

    Congratulations girl!!! This is Huuuuuuuuuuuugggeeee (Donald Trump voice…insert eye roll)!!!! I’m so very happy for you because, I don’t know….I feel like I know you. I just bought the book on Amazon although I have no money in my account (thank God for overdraft…P.s. I’m a professional. LOL) I just wanted you to know that I can’t wait to get the book so that I can read all your stories, recipies and look at all the pretty pictures and maybe attempt to make a recipe or two. 😉 Congratulations again and please send my love to Amelia. XO, Katrina

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Hahaha this is maybe the best comment I’ve ever received. You are da coolest. Amelia says hi and sends love and kisses. Thank you so much for being here. xoxo

  • Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog October 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    wahoo!!!!! biggest congrats lady!! love love love your space, your book, your cozy 🙂

    can’t wait to listen to the podcast!


    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 6, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      thanks girlfriend. so excited to london times soon! xoxo

  • Reply Celia Becker @ After Orange County October 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Love the fruit sugar idea. So simple yet so elegant. And I bet they taste yummy too!

    Celia @

  • Reply Angie October 6, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I received your book through the mail today. It is absolutely beautiful!!!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    HUGE congrats!!!! I literally just spent the past hour (hour and a half) literally reading you book from cover to cover, and I want to do it all over again. It is beyond gorgeous and so inspiring. Everything is so approachable and…well, COZY! Your blog and work have been a huge source of inspiration for me over the years! Keep on, keeping on!

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  • Reply Emily | Robust Recipes October 8, 2015 at 8:03 am

    The fruit sugar is such a cute idea. It reminds me of the colored sugar crystals that I used to decorate cookies as a kid. The fruit sugar looks like much healthier, natural option. I will NEED to give it a try sometime soon.

    Congrats on your book. What a huge accomplishment! 🙂

  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry October 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Congrats on the book! It looks beautiful just like these fruit sugars. I’m eagerly waiting for my copy to arrive in the mail so I can get baking.

  • Reply Ambar October 9, 2015 at 7:23 am

    awww!! you are seriously the sweetest! I always think the same way. My blog means the world to me. Listen! Hard work always pays off. Your readers will ADORE your book.& this recipe!? Seriously!? I’ve never heard of fruit sugar. this is amazing & easy! I love your ranting so rant on! 🙂

  • Reply Jessica October 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    This is GENIUS! That cute little stamper. Yet another idea I want to steal from you…acknowledgements page, anyone? Congrats x 1,000,000 on a gorgeous book and can’t wait to give it as a hostess gift to everyone I know.

    By the way, I want to get cozy with a Dr. J.

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  • Reply Priyanka October 21, 2015 at 9:54 am

    These are beautiful looking cookies! I would now like to steal this idea for my sister’s baby shower (imagine a cute little baby related stamp with the fruit sugars…just adorable!)

    are those sugar cookies? do you have a traditional sugar cookie recipe (the two on your blog sound amazing but I think I want something more traditional for these ladies)

  • Reply Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship February 27, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Congratulations on your book! I love how pretty these look!!!

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  • Reply Fruit Sugars June 8, 2019 at 12:11 am

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