How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar
If you’re out of brown sugar and need some for a recipe, you can make some yourself with granulated sugar and molasses. Here’s how!
I usually do a good job of keeping everything in my pantry stocked up, but there came a time when I ran out of brown sugar. I thought, eek! What now? I needed that chewiness that the molasses content in it gives, and then it hit me….I have molasses. Could I just add molasses to the recipe to yield the same results? And a little Google search led to the discovery that brown sugar is just a combination of regular sugar with some molasses, and it’s very easy to make. You literally just put both in a bowl and mix until the molasses is evenly distributed. I know, who knew?
Start mixing molasses and sugar together. It will look very clumpy at the beginning:
Mix for a little longer and there will be even less clumps:
And keep mixing until the clumps have disappeared and the molasses has been evenly distributed:
Store in an airtight container. The brown sugar is now ready for use!
Dark Brown Sugar Recipe
- 1 lb sugar (about 2 cups)
- 3 oz molasses (1/4 cup)
- Place molasses in the bottom of a large mixing bowl, and dump in the sugar. Use a hand mixer to stir things around until the molasses is evenly distributed (you could also do this in a food processor). First it will start out all clumpy, and after you mix for a few minutes, those clumps will start to disappear. Keep mixing until the clumps have all been broken up and the molasses has been evenly distributed.
- Store in an airtight container. The brown sugar is now ready for use!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
13 Comments on “How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar”
It is much easier to mix the sugar and molasses, to make brown sugar, in a small food processor.
To make light brown sugar, process together 1 c. sugar and 1 T molasses
To make dark brown sugar, process together 1 c. sugar and 2 T. molasses
There is no need to make a whole pound at a time. If you only need 1 cup, only make 1 cup.
In many recipes, i.e. cookies, you don’t even have to process the sugar with the molasses, just throw these 2 ingredients into the mixing bowl.
how long does it last
I’ve heard of this somewhere- but it’s good to know it’s tried and true!
Wow, who knew!? thanks for posting!
I always knew this could be done! I once had an argument with my mom about this because she didn’t believe me. Thanks for posting this awesome tip!
Incredible – who knew? I can’t wait to try this 🙂
It looks beautiful! What valuable information. This will certainly come in handy at some point. Thank you!
awesome I had no idea you could do this.
Do you know how many times I could have used this!! I never thought to make my own. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Nothing beats homemade… I think I may have to make this for my christmas goodies….
Really interesting way! I like it.
My family has done this for years!! I like it better AND it is good for the budget, since brown sugar is usually more expensive than white (another of the paradoxes of our modern production methods.)
thank you for this very important information. love the pics hugsxx