How to make brown sugar

How to make brown sugar

Just like vanilla extract, brown sugar can be made at home, too. I prefer homemade brown sugar to the store bought variety, not only because it tastes 10x better but, because it’s a fraction of the cost. All you need is two ingredients, and chances are you have both of them in your pantry right now. Which means you no longer have an excuse to buy that overpriced crap that hardens within two weeks. But I’m convinced that once you try fresh brown sugar, you won’t want to buy that rock hard stuff, anyway.
1 cup cane sugar
1-2 tsp unsulphured molasses
In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and molasses, using a fork (for light brown sugar, use one teaspoon of molasses; for dark brown sugar use two teaspoons of molasses). It will take a few minutes for the molasses to distribute evenly, but keep stirring until no molasses clumps appear. Use immideately or store in an air tight container.
Yield: 1 cup


  • Reply Shannon 7 February 2012 at 4:32 PM

    I love fresh brown sugar.

  • Reply Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! 9 February 2012 at 8:53 AM

    What a great photo! I love this idea, too. I’ll have to try it once I run out of the brown sugar that I have right now. :)

  • Reply Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl 9 February 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Are you kidding me?!?! I LOVE this! I had no idea you could “make” your own brown sugar! I have GOT to try this! Thank you for the amazing tip!

  • Reply Christopher 13 February 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Oh, man. This is one of those things I’ve known for so long, but have never thought to just make myself from some sugar and molasses. I feel strangely liberated.

  • Reply Katelyn Calautti 17 February 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Came across your site today via Vegan Yack Attack. Great stuff and new fan! Really would like to make this brown sugar some time soon.

  • Reply Nina 5 March 2012 at 9:22 AM

    It would never have occured to me to make my own brown sugar. You’re right though, why pay the over inflated shop bought price?
    Thanks for this tip. :)

  • Reply Cake Girl 21 May 2012 at 4:40 AM

    i never thought making brown sugar was so easy,
    i tried your recipe today and it came out amazing

    thank you!

  • Reply Ali 2 January 2016 at 4:42 PM

    you do? realize? that like? brown sugar? is unrefined?? white sugar?? like???? u r literally dying it???? what r u doing????? r u ok???

    • Reply Ashlae 3 January 2016 at 8:36 AM

      Hi Ali –

      In the States, brown sugar is refined sugar with molasses added back, which creates a moist brown sugar that’s suitable for baking. What is known as “brown” sugar in Europe (and other parts of the world) is what we call turbinado sugar. Which, unfortunately, is not suitable for baking given it’s coarse granulated consistency.

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