How to Make Brown Sugar

How to Make Brown Sugar

Now wait just a second.

Why did no one tell me how dang easy it is to make my own brown sugar?

I sorta blew my own mind this morning.  It turns out that granulated sugar and molasses when combined with a bowl and fork (or mixer, if you’re feelin’ fancy) produces the freshest and fluffiest brown sugar.  Man… that’s satisfying.

And!  Bonus!  You can make the brown sugar as dark and flavorful as you like by controlling the amount of molasses.

This is just too good… and I’m just dorky enough to freak out at this kind of thing.

How to Make Brown Sugar

How to Make Brown Sugar

Alright .  Let’s put on out big, fat, brainiac caps.  This is about to get tough.  We’re mixing together two ingredients.  In a bowl.  With a fork… or a mixer.  If you use a mixer, you’ll still need a fork.  Don’t fight it.

How to Make Brown Sugar

How to Make Brown Sugar

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1 cup granulated cane sugar

1 Tablespoon unsulfured molasses

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the sugar and molasses.  It’s that easy.  There’s a part in this process where the molasses is super gunky and clumpy.  You’ll think to yourself:  Joy, you were wrong… this is coming out all wrong.  Don’t worry.  keep mixing it all together.  It will even itself out.   Work it until completely incorporated and no big molasses globs remain.  For dark brown sugar, add another tablespoon of molasses.  Use as you would in your favorite cake and cookie recipes.  Store in an airtight container or in a ziplock bag with the air pressed out.  Dang that’s easy!

 

298 thoughts on “How to Make Brown Sugar

  1. This is awesome! After reading your vanilla extract post, I decided to make my own. I am right now waiting on it to be ready. :)

    I’ll definitely try this too. Can it be stored and used at a later time?

    1. Yes! I’ve made it several times in the last few months – I just make a big batch and store it in a plastic container, using it as needed. =)

  2. I actually learned this recipe from my Granny who herself learned if from American exchange students which she hosted during the 1960s in Germany. She made the best chocolate chip cookies ever which were based on freshly made brown sugar!

  3. Great idea! I’ve just found a recipe which needs “brown suger” !! I only have suger and molasses so its gooooood for me. Thank you very much :-)

  4. I had heard you could do this, but never looked into it. I might have to start doing this because I can’t keep my brown sugar fresh to save my life!

    This might be a stupid question, but does it take more than one cup of granulated sugar/molasses to make 1 cup of packed brown sugar?

  5. Aha! I’ve actually known this for a long time, but I don’t possess molasses right now. Plus. I use brown sugar for ALL my baking. Maybe I’m coarse but I can’t tell the difference :P

    Wei-Wei

  6. This is super cool. In a recipe with brown sugar would the same thing be achieved with just adding the sugar and molasses separately?

  7. This is awesome, Joy, thanks! Getting your hands on brown sugar is no problem at all here in Germany, but things like LIGHT brown sugar, DARK brown sugar… forget it. But: this shall no longer concern me!
    Also, it just feels too cool to make the simplest things yourself. Dorky feelings shared over here!

  8. Great idea, I have some molasses in the cupboard, will give it a try.
    Did I already say how much I love the new look of your blog?
    xxx

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