DIY Brown Sugar Substitute

brown sugar substitute recipe

We’ve all done it. That moment when you find yourself in the middle of a recipe and realize that you don’t have any brown sugar in the house. Or when you’re desperately craving a particular sweet treat, but have to settle for something else because you’re all out of brown sugar again.

It’s been a long time since either of these scenarios has caused me any trouble. Now that I know how to make a brown sugar substitute at home from ingredients that I always have on hand, I’ll never have to worry about running out!  An added benefit of knowing how to make your own brown sugar is that it’s one less thing you have to worry about having in your food storage.

Here’s how I make my brown sugar substitute. Keep this recipe handy, and you’ll never have buy it from the store again!

1 c. dark brown sugar = 1 c. white granulated sugar, plus 3 Tbsp. molasses

1 c. light brown sugar = 1 c. white granulated sugar, plus 1 1/2 Tbsp. molasses

Simply mix the sugar and molasses together well, or pulse in a food processor until well combined.


Is that easy or what?! Now that you know how to make it, I challenge you to try this brown sugar substitute at home. I bet you’ll love it so much you never go back to the old stuff!

10 thoughts on “DIY Brown Sugar Substitute”

  1. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I
    think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  2. Kendra, I used to do this all the time until the family caught me doing it one day. Now that I’m by myself I’m going to start doing it again. I use a lot of brown sugar.I was going to make oatmeal cookies the other day and didn’t have any brown sugar but couldn’t remember how much molasses to use. Now I will forever have this in the folder I created for e-mails I get from you. Thanks.


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