Introduction: Brown Sugar Substitute | Make Brown Sugar at Home

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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!