Make Your Own Brown Sugar

Bowl of brown sugar

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
52 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 52
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 3mg 0%
*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.)

You can easily make your own brown sugar by combining white sugar and molasses.

The reason this works is that brown sugar is a less-refined stage of ordinary white sugar, and molasses is a byproduct of the refining process. Making brown sugar is simply a matter of adding the molasses back into the white sugar—sort of like refining it in reverse.

This recipe uses 1 tablespoon of molasses for each cup of white sugar, but you can adjust the amount of molasses depending on whether you want your brown sugar lighter or darker.


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine the white sugar and molasses in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until thoroughly blended.

  2. Store the brown sugar in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.

  3. Serve when needed alongside tea, or use in baking. Enjoy.