How To Make Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe

How to Make Homemade Brown Sugar

Learn how to make homemade brown sugar with only 2 ingredients: molasses and granulated sugar! It’s quick, easy and so fresh. Perfect substitute in baking.

This easy HOMEMADE brown sugar is going to be a handy baking hack/ baking tip when you are out of brown sugar and need it urgently for a recipe.

There have been so many instances when I am in the middle of making cookies and realized that I was out of brown sugar (uh-oh!).

Obviously, I CAN’T run out to the store but this quick homemade version always saves the day!

In case you don’t know, brown sugar is very important in baking because it’s the main ingredient that’s responsible for adding CHEWINESS to cookies and it also adds a deep CARAMEL flavor.

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This DIY brown sugar is also quick, EASY and cheap.

I also think it tastes better and FRESHER than the store-bought brown version.

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What can I use as a substitute for brown sugar?

There is no good substitute for brown sugar. The texture and flavor of recipes will change if you use any other sweetener.

How is brown sugar made? How do you make your own brown sugar at home?

Homemade brown sugar involves the combination of only 2 ingredients:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Molasses

You can mix them together with a spatula or use a KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment or even use a hand-held mixer on the low setting.

What do you do if you don’t have brown sugar?

Make DIY brown sugar at home (Recipe below).

How to make brown sugar without molasses?

Some people use maple syrup but that will not have

How to make brown sugar with maple syrup?

Mix together 1 tbsp maple syrup with 1 cup granulated sugar until thoroughly combined.

Can I substitute brown sugar with molasses?

No! Brown sugar  gives recipes a certain texture/ flavors and molasses gives recipes another texture/flavor. You can’t replace one with the other.

How to make dark brown sugar from light brown sugar?

Add 1 tbsp molasses to 1 cup light brown sugar and mix it together, which would result in dark brown sugar.

How long does homemade brown sugar last? How to store homemade brown sugar?

It’s supposed to indefinitely but BEST within 2 years, as long as it’s stored properly in a sealed container.

After a while, brown sugar has a tendency to get hard.  You can easily learn how to soften brown sugar when that happens.

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Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this post, you may like some of these other baking tips too…

How to stop chocolate chips from sinking

How to make homemade cake flour

How to frost a cake smoothly

Here are some recipes using brown sugar:

Pretzel Brownies

Funfetti Oreo Brownie Cake

Mocha Brownies with Coffee Glaze

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

How To Make Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe

How To Make Homemade Brown Sugar

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 832 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz

Learn how to make homemade brown sugar with only 2 ingredients: molasses and granulated sugar! It's quick, easy and so fresh. Perfect substitute in baking.


  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp Molasses


  1. In a mixing bowl, add sugar and molasses. 

  2. Use a mixer to mix everything until the sugar and molasses are thoroughly combined.

  3. Store this brown sugar in an airtight container and enjoy in your baking. 

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above. 
  • To make dark brown sugar, add 2 tbsp molasses.
Nutrition Facts
How To Make Homemade Brown Sugar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 832
% Daily Value*
Sodium 9mg 0%
Potassium 292mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 214g 71%
Sugars 214g
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 5.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!


  1. Katalina @ Peas & Peonies

    August 17, 2015 at 6:54 am

    wow it never i=even occurred to make that brown sugar can be made so easy in the comfort of my home, no more midnight runs to the store when I am out of it lol

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      August 19, 2015 at 12:33 am

      Hahaha… thank god for no more midnight runs! Have you noticed how scary those parking lots look at nights? lol

  2. RavieNomNoms

    August 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

    So amazing!! I want to make my own brown sugar now!!

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      August 19, 2015 at 12:35 am

      You are gonna love it Raven! I can’t believe how fresh it tastes and smells 😉

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