Homemade Brown Sugar

My hubby created a reminder list on our iPhones specifically for groceries. We can add to this list something that we need and we can see it when we log onto that list at the store. It’s ingenious. That’s my hubby. He’s handy like that. But somehow, even with this technological advantage at my fingertips, it never fails that I run out of something right in the middle of a recipe. That’s the impetus behind today’s recipe for Homemade Brown Sugar. A batch of partially made chocolate chip cookie dough sat on the counter when I realized the brown sugar bowl was empty. I was either going to have to run to the grocery store (not literally, mind you), or improvise. You can see which path I chose.

Out of a crucial ingredient for those chocolate chip cookies? Make your own homemade brown sugar!

I’m in luck because we almost always have some molasses on hand. I think it’s one of those things that every household should have – like chocolate chips, popcorn, or tooth floss. You just have to have it around!

Homemade Brown Sugar is such an easy thing to make yourself.

Molasses is like the magic wand that turns your regular ol’ sugar into brown sugar!

Or, said more accurately, molasses is what turns your regular old white sugar back into brown sugar. Because technically, sugar is a little more brown in its raw state. It’s kind of like how rice is really brown or wheat is really brown. Maybe the whole world is brown!

DIY Ingredients: Brown Sugar

Believe it or not, brown sugar hasn’t always had such a pristine image. In the 1800s the processed sugar industry distributed pictures of microbes that exist in brown sugar and warned people not to eat it. The campaign was successful and led to widespread adoption of white sugar over brown sugar.

Hmm. Big industry sells a lot of product by spreading misinformation to an unsuspecting public? Someone call Oprah, I think we’ve got a story here!

How to make your own brown sugar

There is such a thing as Natural Brown Sugar. It’s otherwise referred to as raw sugar. That means, the sugar that is taken from the sugar cane is brown. There is a refining process that takes away the brown out of the raw sugar, and do you know what’s left over? Molasses!

So, they take the raw brown sugar, remove the molasses to make it white, and then add the molasses back to some of it and make it brown again. Are you confused? Me too!

Turning white sugar brown is easy with a little molasses.

The good news from all of this is that when you need a little brown sugar and don’t have any on hand, it’s really easy to make. You simply add a little molasses to your white sugar, stir, and that’s it.

Making homemade brown sugar

And you get this awesome Martha Stewart vibe afterwards too.

I love that Martha Stewart Vibe. It’s like I want to say to my friends, “See that brown sugar? I made that!”

But, then I think to myself, Would Martha say that? 

Probably not. Sigh.

We could totally turn Martha Stewart into a verb.

I Martha Stewarted that sugar!

I like that better than confessing how I ran out of the stuff I usually buy at the store…

How to Make Homemade Brown Sugar

Here are the ingredients for homemade brown sugar:

  • granulated sugar
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons molasses (depending on how dark you want your brown sugar to be)

Follow these steps:

Place the granulated sugar in a large bowl, pour in the molasses and stir until well combined.

Store in a nontransparent air-tight container.

Brown Sugar made just like Martha Stewart would do it. At least that's how I think she makes it!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Brown Sugar made just like Martha Stewart would do it. At least that's how I think she makes it!

Homemade Brown Sugar

Don’t rush to the store, make your own homemade brown sugar for your baked goods, oatmeal, and more!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Brown Sugar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Marly



  • Place the white sugar in a large bowl. Pour in the molasses and stir until well combined.
  • Store in a nontransparent air-tight container
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Brown Sugar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 97mg3%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Sugar 38g42%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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3 Responses to Homemade Brown Sugar

  1. I love this Marly! I agree, Martha Stewart should totally be a verb, I love that feeling of making stuff from scratch.
    It’s funny, in my house the rice and sugar are always brown (I buy Florida crystals and they’re tannish). My kids were shocked the first time they saw white rice and sugar, asked me what was wrong with it!


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