Homemade Brown Sugar is easy to make with 2 simple ingredients. Brown Sugar is added to our favorite bake goods for flavor and moisture.

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Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe is easy to make with 2 simple ingredients. Brown sugar is a sweetener that is adding to many of our favorite bake goods to add flavor and moisture. We add it to our favorite cookie recipe to homemade banana bread and even dinner recipes.

To make homemade brown sugar combines 2 staple pantry ingredients. You can either make light brown sugar or dark brown sugar. It all depends on how much of the molasses that you add to the cup of sugar.

With this simple process, you will never find yourself with an empty container of brown sugar. You can simply make your own, so you can still make your favorite chocolate chip cookies or Brown Sugar Banana Bread.

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Ingredients Homemade Brown Sugar:

  • Granulated White Sugar
  • Molasses

How to Make Brown Sugar:

  • Mix the 2 Ingredients – Combine cup of white sugar and molasses or maple syrup together in a medium size mixing bowl or use a food processor. Stir for 2-3 minutes until the molasses is evenly distributed throughout the sugar.
  • Ready to use – Then it’s ready to use instead of brown sugar in all your favorite recipes. Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place.
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Other Ways to Make Brown Sugar:

If you are wanting to experiment with something other than molasses, these are some additional options.

  • Maple Syrup – Add a tablespoon of maple syrup to a cup of white sugar. Real maple syrup works best but you can use flavored maple syrup if that is all you have.
  • Agave Nectar – You can add a tablespoon of agave nectar to white sugar. The flavor will be milder and the color will be lighter.
  • Honey – Add a tablespoon of honey to a cup of white sugar. Using honey is similar in using molasses.

How to Soften Brown Sugar:

  • Place in Microwave – Place the hard brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp paper towel. Then microwave in 10 seconds intervals until brown sugar is broken up. Make sure not to microwave to long so the sugar doesn’t melt.
  • Slice of Bread – Place a slice of bread in the airtight container that the brown sugar is stored. Leave the bread in the brown sugar overnight. After about a day the brown sugar will pull the moisture from the bread. Don’t leave the bread in the brown sugar to longer or it will mold.
Close up image of brown sugar in a bowl.

Can I Make Darker Brown Sugar?

If you need dark brown sugar, add another tablespoon of molasses up to 2 tablespoons total to the sugar. Darker Brown Sugar texture is different than light brown sugar.

The amount of molasses added will depend on how dark the brown sugar will get. Dark brown is richer, deeper caramel flavor.

Can you just use White Sugar instead of Brown Sugar?

In baking, you can feel free to substitute brown sugar for white sugar. Just keep in mind, the texture may change. Also, the appearance once baked might be darker.

Brown sugar has a higher moisture content due to the molasses. This results in a softer, chewier chocolate chip cookie that is also slightly puffy.

Using white sugar will result in a thinner and crispier cookie.

How to Store Brown Sugar:

Store Homemade Brown Sugar at room temperature in an air tight container. It will last for several months if stored in a airtight container.

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Learn How to Make Brown Sugar:

Save your bake goods recipe and learn how to make brown sugar at home. All you need granulated sugar and molasses and combining together to make brown sugar.

Making this at home is such a huge time saver when you run out. Whether you need light or dark types of sugar, this recipe can make both. It is super easy and takes just minutes to prepare.

Make this today and see how easy it is. Plus, it tastes great and your recipe will be amazing!

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Homemade Brown Sugar

5 from 2 votes
Homemade Brown Sugar is easy to make with 2 simple ingredients. Brown Sugar is added to our favorite bake goods for flavor and moisture.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 828

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine both of the ingredients together in a medium size mixing bowl. Stir for 2-3 minutes until the molasses is evenly distributed throughout the sugar.
  • Then it’s ready to use instead of brown sugar in all your favorite recipes. Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place.

Recipe Notes

If you need dark brown sugar, add another tablespoon (2 tablespoons total) to the sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 828kcal, Carbohydrates 214g, Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Sodium 9mg, Potassium 296mg, Sugar 215g, Calcium 43mg, Iron 1mg

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