How To Make Brown Sugar

Do you want to learn how to make brown sugar? It's just granulated sugar and molasses. It can be whipped up without any special tools too!

spoonful of brown sugar


I had my son recently say to me, "Can I make my own brown sugar?" His little brain was working since he had just watched his dad turn maple syrup into maple sugar.

I decided to show him and share it on the blog as well. It's not nearly as exciting as making maple sugar to be honest, but definitely a lot easier which I'm sure you can appreciate as much as I do.

a bowl of homemade brown sugar on a blue fabric

What kind of molasses

Any mild or full flavor unsulfured molasses. Don't use blackstrap molasses. Be sure to use a molasses that you like the flavor of. My favorite molasses is Brer Rabbit Mild Molasses and Brer Rabbit Full Flavor Molasses.

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How to make light brown sugar

To make light brown sugar I like to use one tablespoon of molasses and 1 cup of granulated sugar. If you try to mix it together without microwaving it first or using a tool like a mini food chopper, the molasses will clump up and take twice as long to combine.

To make dark brown sugar, you'll just be adding some additional molasses. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of molasses and 1 cup of granulated sugar.

granulated sugar and molasses in a glass bowl
a bowl of homemade brown sugar with a blue fabric

How to keep brown sugar soft

The best way to keep brown sugar soft is to keep it in a sealed airtight container with a slice of bread.

Recipes that use this brown sugar substitute

spoonful of brown sugar

Brown Sugar

A quick and easy 2-ingredient brown sugar recipe that can be done in minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 832 kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfurated molasses


Method One

  • Add the sugar and molasses in a medium microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 10 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir.
  • Microwave for another 10 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until the molasses has coated all of the granulated sugar and there are no more lumps. You can use the back of your spoon to help smash up any balls of molasses.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Method Two

  • Add the sugar and molasses in a mini food chopper. Pulse until the molasses is evently distributed.
  • Work in any balls of molasses with a spoon, pressing the back of the spoon into the ball of molasses and breaking it apart.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 832kcalCarbohydrates: 215gFat: 1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 293mgSugar: 215gCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

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    1. Unsulfured molasses is also called Blackstrap molasses. It is pure molasses made from sugar cane that has not been treated with sulfur dioxide. Sulfur dioxide is typically added to molasses as a preservative, but it can also alter the taste of the molasses. Unsulfured molasses is very rich and a completely pure ingredients (no additives or preservatives here!). I hope this helps!

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