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How to Make Brown Sugar

Today we are talking how to make brown sugar- about one of the easiest DIY kitchen tasks you can accomplish. I started making my own because I couldn’t find organic brown sugar that didn’t drain Jack’s college fund. I like to bake. A lot. So, I was buying the C&H stuff at Costco, but I really wanted to try to find a better solution. And I did.

It’s so much easier and cheaper to make than you think. When people think of making kitchen staples, they assume it will consume hours of their time. Once I learned how to make brown sugar, I kicked myself for buying it for all those years. Make it at home and impress your friends! Or at the very least, you’ll impress yourself.

The steps for making your own brown sugar couldn’t be any simpler.

Step 1: Sugar and molasses in a mixer. I always triple the recipe so I don’t have to make it as often.

how to make brown sugar

Step 2: Mix for two minutes.

how to make brown sugar

Step 3: Scrape the sides. Mix for another two minutes. 

how to make brown sugar


That’s it. You did it. You made your own brown sugar. It’s done. Fireworks are going off, and a unicorn just flew past your window. You’re awesome.

how to make brown sugar

We go through a lot of brown sugar because they are a key ingredient in something I make a lot – my recipe for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. When making homemade brown sugar, I prefer to use blackstrap molasses because it is high in iron. You can feel “good” about eating a chocolate chip cookie when it adds delicious iron to your diet. 🙂 Plus, the bottle of molasses doesn’t take up a lot of room in your cupboard of a pantry shelf. So instead of storing bags of brown sugar to use during your holiday baking rush, a simple bottle and your normal bag of sugar are all you need. Life is sweet.

Pun intended.

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how to make brown sugar
5 from 1 vote
How to Make Brown Sugar
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Learn how to make brown sugar in under five minutes, with only two ingredients. Make it at home, and never run out of brown sugar again.

Course: Dessert
Author: Sarah - Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp - 1 tbsp molasses
  1. Combine ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low for two minutes, scrape the sides, and mix for another two minutes.
  2. Transfer to an air-tight container and store just as you would normal brown sugar.

Recipe Notes

You can also mix by hand with a fork, but be prepared for some amazing arm muscles by the end of it!

How to make brown sugar - five minutes, two ingredients

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16 comments on “How to Make Brown Sugar”

  1. I did this one time to make some chocolate chip cookies and I must’ve used too much molasses, because they tasted a lot like gingerbread crossed with chocolate chip cookies! It is good to know how to substitute with ingredients you have on hand!

  2. I usually just add the white sugar to the mixer when I’m baking, and add the molasses separately. It still tastes like brown sugar, and then I don’t have to worry about making it.

    Also, mini-rant: apparently most brown sugars are made that way these days. It used to be that brown sugar was less refined, but now they are usually “painted sugars”.

  3. OMG – DH has Dark Brown Sugar on the list, Organic Brown Sugar is cheaper than Dark Brown Organic Brown Sugar, do you think I even though to add more molases? I have tons of that lying around (my Oma used Molases never sugar or Honey so I grew up with it in barrels).

  4. I would try adding a few tsp per cup and test it out to see how you like it. I always try to keep in mind when I’m cooking you can always add more, but it’s hard to fix it if you add TOO much! Try around with it, and see how you like it. ;-D


  5. I didn’t know you could do this? Pretty neat.

  6. If your homemade brown sugar is $1.22 a pound and the organic brown sugar (on sale) is $6.50 for 2 pounds then you are saving significantly more than 40 cents. The store price is $3.25 a pound so you are saving over $2. I think that makes this a great deal.
    I usually just add the molasses into the recipe but this would be perfect for things like oatmeal where we’d like to have brown sugar. Also, I didn’t know that Costco carried evap cane juice – can’t wait to pick some up my next trip.

  7. Is the molasses amounts also good if you don’t use organic with sugar?

  8. If you don’t use organic sugar is the molasses amount going to be the same for reg sugar?

  9. Do you make your own sugar for the cane juice? Do you have a post about that?

  10. AWESOME. Thanks for this!

  11. Sarah, you just made my day! I may sound stupid, but I had never given a thought about the composition of brown sugar, how it was made, let alone the fact that I could make it myself!!! This is brilliant! I just can’t wait to finish the bag I have from the grocery store and start making my own.

  12. um…. do you need more recipes for that molasses in your cupboard because I use it for everything from baked beans in the slow cooker to gingersnap cookies, and sometimes just with soft butter on brown bread, and for that matter IN brown bread.

  13. Neat! This I will have to try … makes so much sense!