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Homemade Brown Sugar

Homemade Brown Sugar is easy to make with only 2 ingredients. It’s great when you are in a pinch  and  tastes just like store bought because it is the same thing.

Brown sugar is one of the ingredients I run out of too often.  I’ve thought about buying a 5 gallon bucket to store it in like I do flour and sugar.  But brown sugar tends to dry out too quickly when storing large quantities.  And there are ways to fix it once it has dried out, but that’s a pain to do every time.

I had seen a few times how to make your own brown sugar.  But I thought it was just easier to buy it.  Well after I made it the first time, I learned I was wrong.  It requires 2 ingredients – sugar and molasses.  I keep molasses on hand for The World’s Best BBQ Pork Ribs.

Before I go into telling you how to make it, I want to say this is not a substitute for brown sugar.  It is brown sugar.  This is how they make it to sell in stores.  I’m sure they just do it on a much larger scale. Jamie and I were discussing the different brands and how most say sugar and molasses and one says brown sugar.  I looked that brand up online and found that they also use sugar and molasses.

Now to the how to which is so easy especially if you have a stand mixer.

Yield: 4 cups

Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp molasses for light brown or 4 Tbsp for dark


  1. Pour all ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Turn it on medium and let it go. It's going to take about 20 minutes. 
  2. At first the molasses will ball up. Just keep going. Once in a while you will need to scrape the sides. Keep going until all the molasses is mixed in and there are no little balls of molasses. It should look just like brown sugar because it is brown sugar.

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I didn’t do the math to see if this is less expensive.  But I’m sure it was for me since I buy my sugar when it’s on case lot sale and is cheaper than buying at Costco.  That’s a big tip I can give you on saving money on baking ingredients.  Buy a bunch when it’s on sale.  I have 5 gallon buckets with Gamma Seal Lids so no bugs get into them and keeps the ingredients fresh.  I buy a different color lid for each ingredient.  Blue for sugar, red for flour, yellow for oats, etc.  It also makes getting into the buckets much easier.  I can never get the other kind of lids off.

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Sunday 27th of September 2020

This is a wonderful recipe always knew the ingredients to homemade Brown Sugar but never the amounts. Thanks ladies. Darlene Nova Scotia

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Sunday 25th of November 2018

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Marsha 'Nana' Baker

Monday 16th of June 2014

YAY! How I love knowing how to make substitutes. This is awesome - sooo glad you shared at Weekend Potluck! =)

Kerry C

Tuesday 17th of June 2014

The great thing about this recipe is that it isn't a substitute. It is the actually thing. It's just like what they make to sell in the store.

Angela LeMoine

Monday 9th of June 2014

Such a good thing to know!!! I frequently run out of brown sugar too! Thanks for sharing! Angela from LeMoine Family Kitchen stopping by from the DBB.

Kerry C

Tuesday 17th of June 2014

I love that I can make my own. I run out often as well. I'm frequently sendingThe Hardworking Husband to the store for some.

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