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How to Make Brown Sugar

Course: Dessert, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar, brown sugar substitute, diy brown sugar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Brenda
My how to guide on brown sugar dives into how to make brown sugar at home, substitutes, what to do if you brown sugar has hardened, and storage suggestions.
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  • Food Processor


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses or maple syrup Double amount if you are looking for dark brown sugar


  • In a food processor add sugar and molasses (or maple syrup)
  • Pulse for 20-30 seconds
  • Scrape sides and bottom to make sure liquid is evenly mixed in.
  • Use immediately or store in an air tight container


The following are my best tips for making brown sugar at home:
  • Avoid using Blackstrap Molasses as it is quite bitter compared to molasses.
  • This recipe can be halved, doubled or more as necessary
  • Always store in an air tight container to prevent hardening
  • If you need less than a cup, then use the following ratios to make light brown sugar:
    • If you need ½ cup, then use 1.5 tsp molasses
    • If you need ¼ cup, then use .75 tsp molasses


Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 4g