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!

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Dark Brown Sugar Recipe

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make brown sugar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 896kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sugar (about 2 cups)
  • 3 oz molasses (1/4 cup)

Instructions

  • 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

Calories: 896kcal | Carbohydrates: 231g | Sodium: 18mg | Sugar: 231g