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Brown sugar made in your own kitchen with just 2 ingredients.
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How to Make Brown Sugar

Making your own brown sugar couldn't be easier. It just takes 2 ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: ingredient
Cuisine: Any
Keyword: how to make brown sugar
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 16kcal
Author: The Wimpy Vegetarian


  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses


  • Place both ingredients in a bowl and massage the molasses into the sugar using a spoon to mash the molasses into the sugar. Finish with mashing any last nuggets of molasses with your fingers to fully combine the two ingredients.
  • Be sure to use the spoon to continue to bring the sugar on the bottom to the top to get a consistent brown sugar ingredient for your baking.
  • Store in a sealed container.


The calories were calculated using VeryWell Fit nutrition calculator, and are based on 1 tablespoon.
Light brown sugar uses 1 tablespoon of molasses for every cup of sugar. But dark brown sugar takes 2 tablespoons of molasses for every cup of sugar.
If you don't have any molasses on hand, substitute maple syrup - the darker the better. It won't offer the same rich flavor, but it can be an adequate substitute in a pinch.
  • When measuring the molasses, first coat the tablespoon lightly with olive oil, or other vegetable oil. This allows the molasses to pour from the tablespoon very easily. (This tips works great with honey too.)
  • Make sure the bowl you use is large enough for you to comfortably massage the molasses into the sugar at then end.
  • Be sure to use the spoon to sweep the white sugar on the bottom of the bowl onto the top of the brown sugar, and mash it back down. This helps ensure all the sugar and molasses are well combined.
  • Customize it to you own preferences by using a little more or less molasses. Make it your own by adding a little vanilla (or use vanilla sugar), cinnamon or allspice.


Calories: 16kcal