How to Make Brown Sugar

how to make brown sugar

How to Make Brown Sugar

Now I have seen several people pin recipes of making your own this and that on Pinterest. Recently, I came across a recipe for how to make brown sugar from scratch. Honestly, at first I thought, what’s the point? Brown sugar and white sugar are pretty comparably priced at the store.

Why should I know how to make brown sugar?

Well, wouldn’t you know that I was in the middle of whipping up a batch of some delicious oatmeal raisin cookies for my kids when I look in the pantry… No Brown Sugar!! I was not in the mood nor did I care to take the time to drive to the grocery store. So, you can probably guess what I did next. I decided to make brown sugar.

It was a success!

I have to say that it was pretty cool to turn my white granulated sugar into light brown sugar with just one additional ingredient.

Only two ingredients to make brown sugar:

brown sugar 2With this simple recipe on hand, you will never have to worry about pausing your baking project because you’re out of brown sugar. Try it! I think you will impress yourself with your handiness! :-)


Make Your Own Brown Sugar
Prep time
Total time
  • 1 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  1. In a small mixing bowl, mix together sugar and molasses. Continue to mix until the molasses is completely incorporated into the sugar. This will take 2-3 minutes.
  2. If you need dark brown sugar, add another tablespoon (2 total) to the sugar.
  3. Use and store as you would the store bought brown sugar. Tip: to prevent your brown sugar from getting too hard, add a large marshmallow to your container. The marshmallow will dry out, not your brown sugar.


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  1. Cheryl says:

    My problem is usually that my brown sugar has gotten rock hard. I currently don’t have any brown sugar in the cabinet, so when I saw this post I was so excited, until I realized that it requires molasses, something I definitely don’t stock in my cabinet. HOWEVER – I’m going to get some molasses so I can make my own brown sugar in smaller batches. That way it doesn’t get hard!

  2. Such a crazy easy recipe – good to know how to make in a pinch!

  3. Amee says:

    Love this it’s super easy and haven’t thought of making brown sugar before

  4. Carrie says:

    The kids love it too!

  5. Carrie says:

    Great idea Cheryl!! Plus, just so you know, keep a marshmallow in with your brown sugar and it won’t get hard. 😉


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