Homemade Brown Sugar

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes

Homemade Brown Sugar can be made in a snap of your fingers. All you need is granulated sugar and molasses.

Homemade Brown Sugar

Have you ever went to start a chocolate chip recipe only to realize you’re out of brown sugar? Well I have a number of times and making my own substitute for brown sugar has been my saving grace in those moments.

To learn more about brown sugar visit the USDA.


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What We Love About This Substitute for Brown Sugar Recipe

  • Easy Ingredients: All you need is 2 ingredients, molasses and granulated sugar.
  • Large Batch: Make a large batch to have on hand for making baked goods.
  • Cheaper Alternative: A bag of brown sugar is typically more expensive than a bag of granulated sugar. Make homemade brown sugar to save money.
Brown Sugar from scratch

Ingredient Notes

  • Granulated Sugar: You will need granulated sugar.
  • Molasses: To make brown sugar, you will need blackstrap molasses.
Sugar and molasses.

Equipment Needed for Brown Sugar Substitutes

How to Make Brown Sugar

These are the basic steps for making Homemade Brown Sugar. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information and total time.

Mixingg the molasses and the white sugar together.

STEP 1: MAKING BROWN SUGAR

In a bowl, combine sugar and molasses. If you are making a bigger batch, you can use a stand mixer, hand mixer, or food processor. Using plastic glove or fork to work the molasses into the sugar.

Prep and Storage Tips for Making Brown Sugar

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You can make your own brown sugar to keep on hand in your pantry for baking. Just store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store homemade brown sugar in an airtight container to retain the moisture. Keep in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO YOU MAKE DARK SUGAR?

Dark brown sugar just has a higher molasses content, read the expert tips below for more information.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CANE SUGAR IN PLACE OF GRANULATED SUGAR?

Cane sugar might not be as fine as granulated sugar but will still work just as well.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally.

CANE SUGAR VS BROWN SUGAR

In fact, brown sugar is cane sugar with molasses, that is the only difference. Adding molasses adds a complex flavor and caramel flavor.

Homemade Brown Sugar

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This homemade brown sugar recipe is super easy to double or triple. Just add 1 tablespoon of molasses for every cup of white sugar.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar contain a smaller amount of molasses. To make light brown sugar, add 1/2 tablespoon of molasses to start.
  • Dark Brown Sugar: To make dark brown sugar add an extra tablespoon of molasses.
  • Coconut Sugar: For a healthier alliterative, you can make brown sugar with coconut sugar.
  • Maple Flavored Brown Sugar: Add a bit of pure maple syrup for a maple flavor.

What to Use Homemade Brown Sugar

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Homemade Brown Sugar
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Brown Sugar

Yield: 1 cup
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Homemade Brown Sugar can be made in a snap of your fingers. All you need is granulated sugar and molasses.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses

Instructions

  • For every one cup of granulated sugar add one tablespoon of molasses.
  • You can mix with a blender, stand mixer or food processor if mixing large quantities.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This homemade brown sugar recipe is super easy to double or triple. Just add 1 tablespoon of molasses for every cup of white sugar.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar contain a smaller amount of molasses. To make light brown sugar, add 1/2 tablespoon of molasses to start.
  • Dark Brown Sugar: To make dark brown sugar add and an extra tablespoon of molasses.
  • Coconut Sugar: For a healthier alliterative, you can make brown sugar with coconut sugar.
  • Maple Flavored Brown Sugar: Add a bit of pure maple syrup for a maple flavor.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 828kcal | Carbohydrates: 214g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 296mg | Sugar: 215g | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Other, Sauces, Seasonings, Dressings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar, molasses, sugar

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