Learn how to make brown sugar at home! It is a simple two-ingredient recipe, you will wonder why you haven’t been making it your whole life! This is perfect for when you are in a pinch and run out of brown sugar.
The other day, I started working on a recipe that required a cup of brown sugar. I went to my sugar cabinet (yes, I have a cabinet dedicated to all the different types of sugar I have) and reached for the brown sugar.
Except… there was no brown sugar. Oh, the bag was still there alright, but there was nothing in it! As it turns out. we ran out of the regular use sugar (I keep my granulated sugar separate from the sugar everyone else can use) so someone went in my cabinet and started using my brown sugar for their coffee!!
What. The. Actual. F.
As you can probably gather, I am kind of particular about my ingredients, so this was was like, a huge deal for me.
Fortunately, I have this nifty chart I created filled with substitutions I learned through my years of baking and through my handy dandy America’s Test Kitchen book so I knew I could easily make my own brown sugar. I know you might find yourself in a similar situation, so I thought I’d quickly save the “recipe” on how to make brown sugar here for your reference. If you want to know how to make any other recipes for basic ingredients like this, please let me know!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 -2 tablespoons molasses
- Put the sugar in a small bowl and add the molasses. Add only 1 tablespoon for light brown sugar and 2 tablespoons for dark brown sugar.
- Use a fork to fully incorporate the molasses to the sugar.
- Store in an airtight container
If you are using the brown sugar in your baking (such as in cookies) you can just add the molasses in with the wet ingredients to save you more time!