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How to Make Brown Sugar

Learn how to make brown sugar from scratch in just five minutes using two simple ingredients! This easy tutorial is the perfect resource for any time you're out of store-bought kind, and you can use your homemade brown sugar in all of your favorite sweet and savory recipes!

Course How to
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade brown sugar, how to make brown sugar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses*


  1. Option 1: add the white sugar and molasses to a large bowl and mix with a fork until the sugar is completely coated in the molasses. It should be a tan color.
  2. Option 2: add the white sugar and molasses to the bowl of a food processor and pulse the ingredients together until they’re well-combined.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes light brown sugar. To make dark brown sugar, increase the molasses to 2 tablespoons.