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How to Make Brown Sugar
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How to Make Brown Sugar

Making homemade brown sugar is surprisingly easy. All you need is some white granulated sugar and molasses.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Course: How To, Substitutes
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Servings: 1 Jar
Calories: 1714kcal
Author: Elle John


Light Brown Sugar:

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Dark Brown Sugar:

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses


Mixing Light Brown Sugar:

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of white granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of molasses.
  • Using a fork, or whisk combine the sugar and molasses until the color is uniform and no streaks of molasses remain.

Mixing Dark Brown Sugar:

  • In another medium-sized mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of white granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of molasses.
  • Use the same method to mix until fully incorporated, ensuring no streaks of molasses remain visible.


  • Once your brown sugars are well mixed, store them in an airtight container. Keep in a cool, dry place to prevent the sugar from hardening.
  • If it does harden over time, add a slice of bread or a few marshmallows to the container to soften it up.


  • Ensure that the white sugar is finely granulated and the molasses is fresh for the best results.
  • You can adjust the sweetness and color of your brown sugar by adding more or less molasses according to your preference.
  • Mixing by hand can take a bit of elbow grease. If mixing becomes difficult, you can use a food processor to blend the sugar and molasses together more easily.
  • If molasses is not available, you can substitute it with dark corn syrup or maple syrup, although this will slightly alter the flavor.
  • Homemade brown sugar can be used immediately after mixing or stored for future use.


Calories: 1714kcal | Carbohydrates: 443g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 884mg | Sugar: 444g | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 3mg