Making your own brown sugar is so simple and easy and it tastes exactly like store-bought! You'll never run out of brown sugar if you keep two simple ingredients on hand: white granulated sugar and molasses. Recipe ingredients are for light brown sugar. For dark brown sugar, simply use 2 tablespoons of molasses for every 1 cup of white sugar. To keep it moist, put a slice of bread into the storage container.

JillH
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine sugar and molasses in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium speed, mixing until molasses is completely incorporated.

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  • Store in an air-tight container.

Cook's Note:

The 16 servings equals 16 tablespoons, which is the equivalent of 1 cup. Should you need only 1/2 cup, reduce the recipe's serving size to 8.

Nutrition Facts

52 calories; 0 g protein; 13.4 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 0.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2013
I found myself unexpectedly running low on brown sugar after a failed BBQ sauce attempt and, thankfully, remembered I'd just saved this *recipe*. I'd give this 5 stars, however, the preparation method did NOT work for me, it merely made our counters/floors a sticky mess and made me cranky. After the THIRD bowl change/hand mixer attempt, I decided to use my mini food processor and that was CLUTCH. It made short work of this, w/no mess, and gave me the results I desired. I'm still not sure what differentiates between light/dark? I made as written and the result was LIGHT, so if you're looking for dark, perhaps start w/doubling the molasses and go from there. THANKS for the save, JillH! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/31/2020
brown sugar is not the same as sugar from the Palm Tree, of course, different in content Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2013
I found myself unexpectedly running low on brown sugar after a failed BBQ sauce attempt and, thankfully, remembered I'd just saved this *recipe*. I'd give this 5 stars, however, the preparation method did NOT work for me, it merely made our counters/floors a sticky mess and made me cranky. After the THIRD bowl change/hand mixer attempt, I decided to use my mini food processor and that was CLUTCH. It made short work of this, w/no mess, and gave me the results I desired. I'm still not sure what differentiates between light/dark? I made as written and the result was LIGHT, so if you're looking for dark, perhaps start w/doubling the molasses and go from there. THANKS for the save, JillH! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2013
I will never buy Brown or Dark sugar from a store ever again this is a awesome recipe I am so glad I found this easy to make and store I feel if you store it over night the flavors develop better just to let you know but if you need it it is good to use right after you make at love this recipe truly do and thank you JillH for sharing this with us Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2013
Have been doing this for a while.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2017
For those not willing to drag out the mixer, put the sugar in a microwave safe bowl and put the molasses on top. Microwave it for 5-10 seconds and mix with a spoon. I microwaved it twice and it mixed in easy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2015
Can you just add the white sugar and molasses to your recipe, or do you have to mix them together first? Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2017
I will never buy prepared brown sugar again. This has such a robust and complex flavor and texture, you realize that the quality of your ingredients is key to your recipe. I made this using 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup raw cane sugar. I made a light batch and a dark batch. I have since used them in two separate recipes and found that the flavor is remarkable. Try this!! Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2014
I love this! Brown sugar is ridiculously expensive. This is such a great and inexpensive way to make and it's fresh every time! I found that using two of my high heat heavy duty cooking spatulas and pressing the sugar and molasses together did a fine job and I was done in less than 5 min. It did a but of muscle/elbow grease... but it worked out great! Thanks so much Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2014
Very useful! I'll never buy dark or light brown sugar again. Made it up in minutes and most importantly you can control the amount of "dark" or "light" you want allowing you another avenue for creativity in your cooking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2014
I am really pleased with the results. I think how dark it is depends on the type of Molasses. I got a med/dark sugar mix using 1 c sugar to 1 tbsp molasses then added a bit more sugar mixing it gently with a small whisk. My mixer would send it every everywhere as one reviewer mentioned. Brown sugar is crossed off my grocery list now. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/31/2020
brown sugar is not the same as sugar from the Palm Tree, of course, different in content Read More