Make Your Own Brown Sugar

Remember how I can’t remember anything?

Lucky for you(?), that hasn’t changed, so I will always have ridiculous stories to tell.

Like how I’ve forgotten to buy brown sugar 3 weeks in a row. 3 weeks!

And before you ask, yes I wrote it down. Yes I marked it on my list on the fridge. Yes I had it ON my grocery list, in the store with me. And still – I either missed the isle completely or maybe accidentally marked through it so I thought I had it? I have no idea what happened.

This past weekend, I put my butter in the bowl to start making my cookie cake for my birthday and skipped over to the pantry to grab my brown sugar.

And then I remembered that I forgot to buy brown sugar. Again.

I was not missing out on my cookie cake, and I was too lazy to put on shoes and drive up to the store just for brown sugar.

So what do you do if you need brown sugar right-this-minute and don’t have any brown sugar?

1. Pray that you have enough white sugar to do this. (I did – barely).

2. Get out the same amount of white sugar  – need 3/4 cup of brown sugar? Get 3/4 cup of white.

3. Grab that molasses that you barely use.

This will save you.

And you may never go back to storebought brown sugar. This stuff smells incredible! Like…so good that you’ll just want to make it your new face scrub, right then, and forget about baking cookies. You’ve been warned.

Homemade Dark Brown Sugar

Makes: 1 cup. Multiply as needed.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbsp molasses


  1. Pour sugar into a medium bowl and drizzle the molasses on top.
  2. Stir together with a fork, mixing the molasses into the sugar. The sugar will clump up with the molasses – don’t freak out! Just keep mixing.
  3. Fluff the sugar with your fork a few times once all the molasses is mixed into the sugar. Use immediately or store in an air-tight container.

37 Responses to “Make Your Own Brown Sugar”

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    emily — June 27, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Fun! When we learned in Food Science that brown sugar was just sugar and molasses I was so excited but I still haven’t actually made it at home.

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — June 27, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Exactly, molasses is barely used which drives me nuts cause it tastes so gooood! This is a great idea and I bet it’d be awesome in my coffee too…
    Love your site :)

    • admin replied: — June 27th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      I bet it would be great in coffee!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I can’t wait to try this! So fun!

  4. #
    Lauren — June 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Wow…this is so simple but I would have never thought to do this. Genius!

  5. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — June 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I always forget about this option!!! Great post. And I adore that cute little mug!

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    Rachel Cooks — June 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    When we went to Jamaica, we went on a tour of a rum estate and we got to taste sugarcane through all of its stages, raw, juice, RUM, etc. But one stage was where they separate the molasses from the sugar and it was this gooey, grainy, molasses-y stuff. Sounds gross but it was so yummy. This reminds me of that.

    Now….wanna take a trip to Jamaica?

    • admin replied: — June 27th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Uh….yes, please. Let’s go!

  7. #
    Madeleine — June 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I discovered this trick a month or so ago, and I’ve used it a couple times! Those darn grocery lists, I do the same thing! It’s totally on the list, but I somehow manage to miss it.

    • admin replied: — June 27th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one :)

      • lisa@onecooktwokitchens replied: — June 27th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

        I hate to tell you this, but that forgetting thing gets worse as you get older…take it from me. :) Great recipe, Brandi. Thanks!

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    Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box — June 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I had no idea that you could make your own brown sugar! Brilliant post and fantastic pics, too!

    • admin replied: — June 27th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you!!

  9. #
    Cait's Plate — June 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love this! It’s so great to be able to do this when you’re suddenly out or running low :)

  10. #
    krysten @ mrs. schwartz's kitchen — June 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    What a life saver! I am fresh out of brown sugar and want to make cookies tonight. Guess I won’t be going to the grocery store!

    • admin replied: — June 27th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      perfect! you might never go back to storebought. this is so soft and fluffy!

  11. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    WOW!! So easy!! I’m seriously using this from here on out. Love this!

  12. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve heard of this trick but haven’t tried it yet. I’ll have to give it a shot sometime.

  13. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    OMGGGG, done.

  14. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve had to do this before, too! Glad I’m not the only one with memory problems! :)

  15. #
    Shannon — June 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    such a good tip! i’m definitely going to TRY to remember this one ;)

  16. #
    A Tablespoon of Liz — June 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    This is awesome! Brown sugar is always the one thing I never remember that I’m out of, but I always have regular sugar and a jar of molasses hanging out in the back of the cupboard.

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    Aly — June 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I saw a comment once where the person said she is avoiding sugar now for health reasons, so she sticks to brown sugar. I was so confused thinking, isn’t brown sugar just white sugar with molasses? I think she needs to check this out. ;-)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    this is seriously so freaking awesome. i did NOT know that brown sugar is so easy to make!! i love it, thank you for showing this :)

  19. #
    Cassie — June 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This is so great. I never think about making it at home!

  20. #
    Jen — June 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I used to do that all the time too, and it was ALWAYS the brown sugar for some reason. Now I just buy it in bulk like I do granulated sugar. It never occurred to me to make it though!


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