Introduction: Brown Sugar Substitute | Make Brown Sugar at Home

So you're itching to bake up a batch of world-class chocolate chip cookies, when you realize you're out of brown sugar! Now what?  Is there a substitute for brown sugar? No problem - make your own brown sugar at home with this stupid-easy recipe.  In fact, this is even better than the stuff you buy at the store because you can make it as rich or mild as you want.  Customized brown sugar! 

Here's the simple recipe:

  • 1 cup (200g) white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) molasses

Yup, that's it.  I bet you can even guess the rest!  Get a fork and mix them together.  Or use your Magic Bullet.  Or your mixer, or whatever blows your skirt up.  I went the fork route because it ensured the easiest clean-up.

Store your new homemade brown sugar in cute little jars because it's sweet and kitschy.  A ziplock bag will work too, but fewer style points.  

Oh, you know what?  Don't have molasses? That's fine! Try maple syrup! Agave works too.  They all just provide a different flavor, but the goal here is to get a stickier, denser sugar to work with.

Did you know that's how they make brown sugar?  Probably.  You're all very clever.  But in case you didn't before, you do now! 

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SherylinRM (author)2016-10-26

I worked security for red path and they removed everything good from the sugar and bleached the rest of it to make white sugar.

This looks good though.

Thanks for this :)

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loompiggytutorials (author)2014-09-08

Say what?! You can make your own brown sugar? Does it taste better than store brand? Or is it just the love in it that counts?=)

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Potterhead?

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While I can't answer for the author, I can tell you why I make my own. I keep sugar and molasses in the house and skip buying light and dark brown sugar. I measure all my ingredients by weight and just add the sugar and molasses to equal the weight of the brown sugar. I just pour in the sugar, make a divot in the top and eyeball the 1 or 2 tablespoons. I go a little heavy on the molasses, because I like the flavor.

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ksexton1 (author)2014-09-09

This is in fact how most commercial brown sugar is made. And whatever kind of molasses you use, or raw sugar, the mineral content, and so the health benefits are negligable.

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tyler roberts (author)ksexton12014-09-10

no its the reverse of how sugar and molasses are made, they remove the molasses from the brown sugar to make sugar in-the-raw, and then they bleach that to make granulated sugar.

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ksexton1 (author)tyler roberts2014-09-10

No, brown sugar in the store is white sugar with molasses added back in for color and flavor. It's a fake.

If it's naturally brown, it will be sold under a different name, like "Natural brown sugar", raw sugar, whole cane sugar, turbinado, muscovado, or demerara sugar. Sugar-in-the-raw is less processed, but the color is from remaining molasses, the sulfur bleaching that's in some sugar processing is one of the first steps, well before it's even raw sugar.

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tyler roberts (author)ksexton12014-10-05

they must have changed thing in recent years, it was the other way back then. wouldn't surprise me none though.

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faiza007 (author)2014-09-10

what if I use honey? O.o

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dianabevans (author)2014-09-09

I use this method to convert regular sugar to brown sugar all the time when I am baking cookies. For a recipe calling for dark brown sugar, just add a little more molasses. And if you are mixing the sugar into a batter or dough just add the molasses when you add the sugar to your recipe and eliminate the extra step.

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Viali Jones (author)2014-09-09

I do this all the time, I think it tastes fluffier than store bought! Mmm :)

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fsharrar (author)2014-09-09

A friend brought me a gallon of maple syrup from Vermont i can't ait to make my on maple brown sugar : )

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petercd (author)2014-09-08

...and if you use Blackstrap Molasses you'd be putting back all the minerals and goodness that they took out in the first place when it was refined. Make sure its a good organic Blackstrap Molasses so that you don't add all the pesticides too. :)

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MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-07

Ooo that's awesome to know! Thanks for sharing!

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