Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe

Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe

[Photograph and video: Vicky Wasik]

With a jar of molasses on the shelf, you can always whip up a batch of DIY brown sugar in a pinch. It's not necessarily tastier or more convenient than the real deal, but without question, it's better than having to give up on a batch of your favorite cookies.

Serious Eats


Watch More Videos Replay

Why It Works

  • Measuring by weight eliminates variables for a precisely calculated blend.
  • True molasses, not blackstrap, gives brown sugar its characteristic flavor and color.
  • Patient mixing ensures a homogeneous blend that behaves just as it should.
  • Yield:Makes 14 ounces brown sugar
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 12 1/2 ounces white or toasted sugar (about 1 3/4 cups; 355g)
  • 1 1/2 ounces unsulfured molasses, not blackstrap (about 2 tablespoons; 40g)


  1. 1.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine sugar and molasses. Mix on low speed until roughly incorporated, then increase to medium speed and mix until light, fluffy, and perfectly homogeneous, with an appearance just like that of real brown sugar. Use in your favorite recipes, or store in an airtight container up to 1 month at room temperature.