How to Make Brown Sugar

Learn how to make brown sugar with only 2 ingredients: molasses, granulated sugar! This quick and easy homemade brown sugar is a great substitute in baking.

Today’s handy baking hack/ baking tip on how to make brown sugar is going to be a time saver 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.

How To Make Brown Sugar (Homemade Brown Sugar)

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

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

How To Make Brown Sugar (Homemade Brown Sugar From Scratch)

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 to make brown sugar at home? How do you make brown sugar from scratch?

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? What can I use as a substitute for brown sugar?

Make DIY brown sugar at home (Recipe below).

Can you use raw sugar instead of brown sugar in baking?

In some recipes, you can use it but you might have to alter the recipe a little to get the desired results. I still suggest using brown sugar, when required in a recipe.

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.

How To Make Brown Sugar (Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe)

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this kitchen hack on “how how to make brown sugar,” you may like some of these other baking tips too…

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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

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How To Make Brown Sugar

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Learn how to make brown sugar with only 2 ingredients: molasses, granulated sugar! This quick and easy homemade brown sugar is a great substitute in baking.
Yield: 1 cup



  • In a mixing bowl, add sugar and molasses. 
  • Use a mixer to mix everything until the sugar and molasses are thoroughly combined.
  • Store this brown sugar in an airtight container and enjoy in your baking. 


  • Read all my tips above. 
  • To make dark brown sugar, add 2 tbsp molasses.


Calories: 832kcal, Carbohydrates: 214g, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 292mg, Sugar: 214g, Calcium: 41mg, Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 832
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

16 comments on “How to Make Brown Sugar”

  1. Thank you for all the tips this great

  2. I’m on a low carb and sugar free lifestyle, can I use a sugar substitute in place of granulated sugar to make my own brown sugar? I would love to make my own homemade brown sugar. Great recipe and thanks for sharing. Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you very much. 

    • Unfortunately, I don’t know too much about sugar free or low carb lifestyles. I have always made homemade brown sugar with granulated sugar and molasses. I don’t even know if it’s possible to do that with sugar substitutes. Sorry!

  3. I find that this post is really amazing. Thank you for this brief explanation and very nice information.5 stars

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