Pile of homemade brown sugar in a glass bowl on a white plate.

How to Make Brown Sugar with 2 Ingredients

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Did you know you can make your very own brown sugar at home with just 2 ingredients? This homemade brown sugar recipe is awesome and extremely easy to make. The whole thing comes together in about 5 minutes and it can be used in ANY recipe that calls for brown sugar. Pretty awesome, right?

This recipe is great for people who love making their own ingredients at home, or if you run out of it, and don’t want to go specifically to the store to buy some. Whatever the case may be, this recipe will have you making brown sugar from scratch in no time. Let’s get started!

What is Brown Sugar? And how is it traditionally made?

Bowl of homemade brown sugar on a white plate.

First of all, understanding exactly what this type of sugar is, will help you understand why this recipe actually works.

Brown sugar is simply a sucrose sugar that happens to look light or dark brown. Why is it brown? That brown color comes from the presence of molasses. It is unrefined or only partially refined sugar.

Commercially made light brown sugar has only about 3.5% molasses. Dark brown sugar has nearly double that amount at 6.5% molasses.

The reason why it is so soft and compacts together is because of the moisture in the molasses.

Usually, commercial producers extract sugar cane or beet juice from sugarcane or beets. That “liquid gold” is then further refined to make raw sugar which can be made into white granulated sugar which has the natural molasses removed, or brown sugar which leaves some of the molasses present.

The process is different than making it at home, of course, you could certainly buy your own sugarcane and do it the more traditional method.

How to make brown sugar at home using only 2 ingredients

Bowl of sugar next to a container of molasses on a wooden cutting board.

Now that you know what it is we can easily make homemade brown sugar with just 2 simple ingredients:

  • White granulated sugar
  • Molasses – You can use any type of molasses, there are several brands.


Mix the ingredients!

Finger pouring molasses into a bowl of white granulated sugar.

And the process is extremely simple. Measure out the sugar and place it in a medium bowl. Then use a measuring spoon and measure the molasses and pour that on top of the white sugar.

NOTE: Most of the time I just eyeball it and don’t use the measuring spoon, since this recipe does not have to be precise.

Hand with spoon mixing the ingredients in a bowl.

Now there are a few options you can use to mix the two ingredients together.

First option: Just use a spoon or fork and blend the ingredients together really well.

Second option: You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer.

Third option: You can use clean fingers or wear food prep gloves.

Fingers mixing ingredients together.

Eventually, the white sugar will turn color as the molasses gets thoroughly mixed in. Once that happens you can add more molasses to make the sugar a darker brown if desired.

Bowl of homemade brown sugar on a cutting board.

And just like that you have made your own homemade brown sugar. Super easy, right?

Now you just have to use it! Try using it for all your baking needs.

How long does homemade brown sugar last?

It will last just as long as storebought. As long as it is stored properly. I have a whole article that talks about how to store brown sugar and what to do if it hardens up on you that you can check out.

Easy homemade brown sugar pin for Pinterest.
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Pile of homemade brown sugar in a glass bowl on a white plate.
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Homemade Brown Sugar

Learn how to make brown sugar at home with just 2 ingredients. This homemade brown sugar can be used in any recipe that calls for brown sugar.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Dessert, Ingredient
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Keyword: soft, sweet
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowl
  • Fork or Spoon
  • Food prep, optional


  • 1 cup of white granulated sugar 200g
  • 1 tsp to 2 Tbsp of molasses 5 to 30g


  • Add the white sugar to a bowl along with the molasses and mix until well combined.
  • Use either a spoon, fork, mixer, or your fingers to mix the sugar with the molasses.
  • Add additional molasses a tsp or two at a time as desired for a darker brown sugar.
  • Once thoroughly mixed together it is ready to be used in all your recipes that require brown sugar.


How to Make Brown Sugar At Home with 2 Ingredients | Brown Sugar Substitute


NOTE: Although you wouldn’t normally just eat this as is, here are the nutritional facts for the homemade brown sugar by itself.Β 
List of nutritional facts for homemade brown sugar.
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Calories: 104kcal

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  1. Tami Else

    5 stars
    Anxious to try this along with a multitude of your recipes!! I was wondering what the shelf life of this brown sugar?

    • Awesome! Homemade brown sugar made like this will last quite a long time several months. And then if it hardens up, you can just add something like a slice of apple or a piece of bread and it will soften it up again.

  2. 5 stars
    This making brown sugar (there’s a song in that somewhere) is going to save me some lovely British pounds, thanking you so much πŸ™Œ 😊

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much, you saved me. I couldn’t get to the store and I had no idea how easy this was to make!

  4. 5 stars
    Seriously so easy! Thanks for the helpful hint!

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