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How To Make Brown Sugar | Small Batch

You won't believe how easy it is to make brown sugar! All you need is sugar and molasses and your homemade brown sugar can be ready in minutes. Works in all recipes where brown sugar is needed.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, brown sugar
Servings: 1 cup (16 tablespoons)
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork or spoon


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses


  • Combine the sugar and molasses in a bowl and use a fork, spoon, or your fingertips to mix.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for 1 month.


Expert Tips
  • This brown sugar recipe calls for using just 1 tablespoon of molasses for each cup of white sugar, but you can adjust the amount of molasses depending on whether you want to make light or dark brown sugar. To make dark brown sugar: Increase the molasses to 2 tablespoons per 1 cup of granulated sugar.
  • If you don't have molasses but need brown sugar for a recipe, add a tablespoon of pure maple syrup, golden syrup, or agave nectar to 1 cup of granulated sugar. The flavor will be different but they will be a similar texture and have a similar amount of moisture and will work in a pinch.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg