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Learn to make a brown sugar substitute at home! You can make homemade brown sugar if you need some and don’t want to make a trip to the grocery store. With just two ingredients you can make a substitute in no time!
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Easy Brown Sugar Substitute
We’ve all been there: you’re making a recipe and realize you don’t have an ingredient. It’s the worst – especially if you don’t want to go to the grocery store (again). It’s nice to know some easy baking substitutions when this happens. A lot of ingredients you bake with regularly can be made at home or substituted with something different.
This recipe will tell you how to make a substitute for brown sugar – with just 2 ingredients!
What is brown sugar?
Brown sugar is a type of sugar that has added molasses in it. That’s why it’s brown: it’s the molasses mixed with white sugar.
Light vs. Dark Brown Sugar
Light brown sugar and dark brown sugar are basically the same except for the molasses content. Dark brown sugar has more molasses than light, which gives it a darker and more complex flavor.
2 Ingredeints Needed
Homemade brown sugar is one of the things you can make at home! It’s easy to do with just two ingredients:
- Granulated Sugar – also called white sugar
- Molasses – unsulferd molasses is best
How do you make brown sugar?
- Simply add 1 tablespoon of molasses to 1 cup of white sugar and stir. This will create a light brown sugar substitute!
- For dark brown sugar, simply add more molasses.
What if you don’t have molasses? Well, then you’re kind of out of luck and a grocery store run is in your future. However, you can substitute maple syrup for brown sugar. It’s a bit tricky: use about 2/3 cup pure maple syrup for each cup of brown sugar, and reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup.
Because brown sugar is sticky, it’s important to pack it (press it down) so that you fill in all the air bubbles and air pockets created when you scoop it. White sugar fills in a measuring cup like sand, because it’s fine and not sticky. Brown sugar is the opposite.
Yes but it will change the outcome of the recipe slightly. Because of the moisture, brown sugar adds softness to recipes. Cookies made with just white sugar may be a bit crunchier depending on the recipe, etc.
Favorite Brown Sugar Recipes
Brown Sugar Substitute Recipe
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- Stir together sugar and molasses with a fork. Use as directed in recipe.
It’s so easy to make substitute brown sugar by just mixing molasses and white sugar!
Last Updated on April 27, 2023
I made this, and then immediately made caramel sauce out of it. It worked perfect!! I’m never buying brown sugar ever again!
I live in a country where one can only get grape and mulberry molasses and, believe it or not, they just can’t help to make brown sugar. Oh, yes, it turns the sugar blue! However, the flavor is just horrid and too “different” to work for me. When I go to Europe in April/May, I hope that I can find molasses in Denmark. Funny that I found it in Phnom Phen a few years ago! Funny things that one learns while an expat for 10 years now . . . .
Can you make brown sugar that is diabetic friendly? If so how
Thank you for these great handy tips. I learned a lot.
Wow, great to know, thanks for sharing this great tip!
This is an awesome tip-I’m gonna file this one for emergency brown sugar outtage;) thanks!!!
I love it! And did you know if you want DARK brown sugar, you just add a little more molasses? Such a handy tip! Stop by my blog when you can and check out a giveaway going on…http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2011/08/500-fans-giveaway.html