Brown sugar is like this: Either you’re in the mood to bake and don’t have any, or you find it in the back of your refrigerator as hard as a rock. A simple solution to both of these problems is learning how to make your own. 

Once you learn how simple brown sugar is to make, you’ll never risk buying it and wasting it from the store again. It’s super simple and takes just two ingredients you already have in your pantry: sugar and molasses. 

How to make homemade brown sugar

For light brown sugar

Mix 1 tablespoon molasses with 1 cup of granulated sugar. Stir with fork until completely combined. 

For dark brown sugar

Mix 2 tablespoons of molasses with 1 cup of granulated sugar. Stir with fork until completely combined. 

Make dark brown sugar from light brown sugar

Mix 1 tablespoon of molasses with 1 cup of light brown sugar. Stir with a fork until completely mixed. 

 

By adding molasses to plain, white sugar, you are doing exactly what they do at the sugar factor, but at a steep discount, and you won’t have to worry about the store-bought stuff turning into bricks.

If you don’t have molasses on hand, you can try using maple syrup in a pinch. It will result in a different flavor profile, but it will still taste great in many recipes. 

Now get baking! Your homemade brown sugar will taste great cookies, cakes, muffins, marinades, and sauces.