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How to Make Homemade Brown Sugar with 2 Simple Ingredients

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This series of homemade pantry staples is something that has been near and dear to my heart for ages. I love sharing how to make homemade pantry staples like this one for homemade brown sugar using 2 simple ingredients.

Back in 2008 when money was extremely tight for our family, I set out on a goal to learn how to make as many homemade spices and pantry staples that I could.

In the past, I have learned how to make homemade buttermilk, delicious sweetened condensed milk, easy homemade croutons, my all famous taco seasoning mix, homemade mayo, my all-time favorite Paula Deen House Seasoning, and now today I am sharing with you how to make your own homemade brown sugar.

How to Make Homemade Brown Sugar

Now, this recipe is super simple and only uses two ingredients — molasses and regular old white sugar. Do not use blackstrap molasses for this. Blackstrap has a more bitter and pungent flavor and will make your brown sugar taste weird. Use original molasses like this one I found on Amazon.

Making this homemade recipe is one of the easiest you will ever make. No need to store those big bags of brown sugar in your house ever again.

All you are going to need to get started is one cup of white sugar.

To the sugar, you are going to add one tablespoon of molasses. This will make light brown sugar. If you need dark brown sugar, just add two tablespoons.

Now, this is where the fun begins. You will want to use your fingers — not spoons or forks.

Your hands work best for this because you will need to massage the molasses into the sugar. At first, it will look like the sugar and the molasses are not going to blend together.

But trust me. Keep going. The sugar will eventually give way to the molasses and everything will come together.

And before you know it you will have brown sugar ready to use in all your favorite recipes!

I store mine in an airtight container in the refrigerator. it holds up well in there and stays nice and soft.

We use this for recipes like our Cinnamon Roll Whipped Coffee or these delicious Coffee Cinnamon Scones!

Yield: 1 cup

Homemade Brown Sugar

Homemade Brown Sugar

This easy homemade brown sugar recipe only uses two ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of molasses for light brown sugar OR 2 tablespoons of molasses for dark brown sugar


  1. Add sugar to a bowl and add your molasses. Using your fingers, mix together until well combined.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 0g

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