Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe


  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses (light brown sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses (dark brown sugar)


  • Measure your ingredients: Use measuring cups to accurately portion out 1 cup of granulated sugar. Depending on whether you want light or dark brown sugar, choose the corresponding amount of molasses: 1 tablespoon for light brown sugar and 2 tablespoons for dark brown sugar.
  • Combine the dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, add the granulated sugar. Pour in the measured molasses on top of the sugar.
  • Mix the sugar and molasses: There are two ways to achieve this. For a more hands-on approach, use your fingertips to rub the molasses into the sugar. Gently massage the ingredients together until the molasses is well incorporated, and all the sugar turns light or dark brown depending on the amount of molasses used.
  • Alternatively, you can use a food processor. If you choose this method, fit the food processor with the blade attachment. Add both the sugar and molasses to the bowl and pulse for about a minute. This will ensure the molasses is evenly distributed throughout the sugar.
  • Break up any lumps: Regardless of the mixing method you used, there might be a few lumps in your brown sugar. Use a fork or a spatula to press them against the side of the bowl and break them apart. Continue mixing until you have a uniform consistency of brown sugar.
  • Store your homemade brown sugar: Transfer the brown sugar to an airtight container. This will prevent it from drying out or absorbing moisture from the environment. A mason jar with a tight-fitting lid works perfectly.


  • To maintain the soft texture of your brown sugar, add a slice of white bread to the container. The bread will absorb any excess moisture, keeping your brown sugar soft and preventing it from clumping.
  • You can easily double or triple this recipe to make a larger batch of brown sugar.
  • Homemade brown sugar can be stored for months in an airtight container at room temperature.

Enjoy your homemade brown sugar! It’s a great way to have brown sugar on hand whenever your recipe calls for it, and it’s also a fun and easy kitchen project.


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