a jar of brown sugar

Oh no!!  Did you run out of brown sugar in the middle of a recipe? Don’t worry, it’s super easy to make your own brown sugar!  It is not a complicated or confusing process and only requires less than 3 minutes and just 2 ingredients.  Who’da thunk?

This recipe makes 1 cup brown sugar and uses one tablespoon of molasses for each cup of white sugar.  You can you can adjust the amount of molasses in order to control how dark or light the brown sugar will be.


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a jar of brown sugar
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How to Make Homemade Brown Sugar (2 Ingredients!!)

Oh no!! Did you run out of brown sugar in the middle of a recipe? Don’t worry, it’s super easy to make your own brown sugar! It is not a complicated or confusing process and only requires less than 3 minutes and just 2 ingredients.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 16 tablespoons


  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses


  • Combine sugar and molasses in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until the molasses is completely incorporated.
  • To make a darker brown sugar, continue to add more molasses.
  • Store it in an airtight container or a gallon bag to keep it fresh. If it does harden, add a bit of moisture by setting a moist paper towel on top of the container and then microwave it quickly.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 52 | Carbohydrates: 13g | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. I was in the middle of making date squares and saw I didn’t have brown sugar hat never happens! So I went on Pinterest and found your recipe now I can make my squares. I decided to experiment and used my Kitchen Aid with the whip and it worked .Thank you so much for this great idea.5 stars

      1. I have to give an update and say your idea of using wooden spoon is better than what I first said. Thanks again and I have not used bought brown sugar ever since

  2. I just made pineapple upside down pancakes. I did not have brown sugar. I was going to go to the store then I looked on Pinterest and found this! I used sugar, king syrup ( very thick syrup) and butter. PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I always have molasses but guess what none today.
    I will try this with molasses but I am sure to make brown sugar I will use white sugar and molasses or King.

    Thank You for saving my breakfast. Everyone Love the pancakes and wanted the recipe.5 stars

  3. I’m so very thankful for knowing and seeing how to make brown sugar. I made oatmeal last week and only had a teaspoon of brown sugar left. I used honey. So now I’ll buy molasses to keep in the cabinet. Thank you

  4. The most relevant point of brown sugar is that it has not been submitted to the refinery process of white sugar. This recipy does not make any sense.

    1. It’s just a substitution recipe. If you’re in the middle of baking cookies and run out of brown sugar, this will work perfectly in its place. Hope that helps and have a great evening!

    2. That’s not true. Brown sugar in the united states is just as processed as white sugar. Brown sugar in latin america is not as processed but it’s not the same thing at all as american brown sugar. Trust me. I live in Guatemala and my cookies need american brown sugar! 

  5. I am new at this. So when I want to keep a recieipe so I can go back later or just save it, how do I do it?

    1. Unfortunately I don’t have a save option. You can either print the recipe or Pin it to a Pinterest board. Hope that helps.

  6. This is a fantastic tip! I use brown sugar so infrequently, that I usually end up throwing it away. I would rather keep a jar of molasses around to make brown sugar than to buy brown sugar for a recipe and end up throwing it away. I can’t believe I didn’t already know this!

  7. I knew brown sugar had molasses in it but didn’t know that was all. Thank you so much. I stock up on white sugar during jamming season so I will be making my own brown sugar from now on. I find that a Tupperware container is great for storing it.

  8. Is it possible to use maple syrup? I work at an assisted living facility & I run out all the time but hardly ever have time to go get molasses & we never order it because they always -think- there’s brown sugar. (It’s all complicated & I won’t go down that road :-| *rolls eyes*) but we always have syrup for waffles & pancakes so could I use that?

    1. If you guys use apples. You can use the cores(and the peels of apples you pick. A lot in the store have wax on them.) and make a syrup that I’ve heard is good. You can google. Though, I’ve seen it mentioned on many frugal sites.

  9. Awesome!! I typically don’t have molasses but I do have some in my cupboard now!! Sometimes I am out of brown sugar and go without. Now I won’t have to. Great post!

  10. I always forget about this when I am in need of brown sugar. And I usually have molasses in my cupboard. I love recipes with very few ingredients. Pinning.

  11. This is genius! I have seriously never thought of making my own brown sugar! I’m keeping this recipe, and definitely trying it out soon! Thanks so much for the idea! :)

  12. I’m most certainly going to give this a try! So glad you shared. I don’t even know how I didn’t already know this. Stopping by from Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

  13. Oh my how simple! I have run out of brown sugar more than once and this now will come in so handy! Thanks for sharing!

  14. I would never have thought to make my own brown sugar, but I absolutely love this! Thank you so much for linking up to Mouthwatering Mondays! Have a delicious week!