Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe

Why It Works

  • Measuring by weight eliminates variables for a precisely calculated blend.
  • True molasses, not blackstrap, gives brown sugar its characteristic flavor and color.
  • Patient mixing ensures a homogeneous blend that behaves just as it should.

With a jar of molasses on the shelf, you can always whip up a batch of DIY brown sugar in a pinch. It’s not necessarily tastier or more convenient than the real deal, but without question, it’s better than having to give up on a batch of your favorite cookies.

How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar

  • 12 1/2 ounces white or toasted sugar (about 1 3/4 cups; 355g)

  • 1 1/2 ounces unsulfured molasses, not blackstrap (about 2 tablespoons; 40g)

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine sugar and molasses. Mix on low speed until roughly incorporated, then increase to medium speed and mix until light, fluffy, and perfectly homogeneous, with an appearance just like that of real brown sugar. Use in your favorite recipes, or store in an airtight container up to 1 month at room temperature.


In winter months, pantry staples like sugar and molasses may be too cold to blend. If it’s chilly in your kitchen, prepare a water bath and warm the bowl of sugar and molasses to about 70°F (21°C) prior to mixing.

Special Equipment

Stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment

This Recipe Appears In

  • Homemade Brown Sugar: Quicker Than a Trip to the Store
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
107 Calories
0g Fat
28g Carbs
0g Protein

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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 14
Amount per serving
Calories 107
% Daily Value*
0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
0mg 0%
1mg 0%
28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 28g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 45mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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