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How to Make Brown Sugar

Easy instructions for how to make brown sugar.
Prep Time3 mins
Course: ingredient
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar, how to
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Erin
Cost: $1.55


  • 4 cups granulated white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons molasses double for dark brown sugar


  • Pour granulated sugar into a mixing bowl.
    stainless steel mixing bowl filled with granulated white sugar and molasses
  • Measure 4 tablespoons of molasses for light brown sugar, or 8 tablespoons for dark brown sugar and add to the sugar in the bowl.
    crumbles of white sugar and bits of molasses in a metal bowl
  • Mix with a large spoon or fork, or in a stand mixer with paddle attachment until it resembles brown sugar exactly.
    a cup of brown sugar on a white surface


  • Use a ratio of 1 tablespoon molasses per cup of sugar for light brown sugar
  • Use a ratio of 2 tablespoons (double) of molasses per cup of sugar for dark brown sugar
  • To make light brown sugar into dark brown sugar, just add 1 tablespoon of molasses