Homemade brown sugar

Before I tell you how to make homemade brown sugar, I ought to apologize for the fact that it’s been ages since I wrote a post. No real excuses here, except to say that life has gotten CRAZY busy. My freelance writing work has exploded, and the kids have joined the community swim club. (Read: hours spent at the local high school pool!) Add in homeschool co-op and music lessons, and you have a mom who’s always on the go.

My dear sister, whose kids are about a decade ahead of mine, told me that life would get busier as the kids got older. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t believe her. I was so swamped with babies and toddlers that I couldn’t imagine a life more active than the one I was living. Well, she was right; I was wrong. It’s even hard to find time to get to the grocery, hence this post on how to make homemade brown sugar.

Homemade brown sugar

Homemade brown sugar…just as good as the store-bought variety!

So why did I need the homemade brown sugar? Well, my husband absolutely loves homemade chocolate chip cookies, and I haven’t had the time to make those, either. But when I gathered my ingredients to make the cookies this morning and opened the brown sugar canister, I found this:

Empty brown sugar canister

Thankfully, the same sister who told me life would get busy is the one who bought me a handy refrigerator magnet, listing some common kitchen substitutes. Rather than rushing off to the store, I decided to give this tip a try.

Sugar and molasses

For ¾ cup of packed brown sugar, simply add one tablespoon of molasses or dark corn syrup to a cup of white sugar. (Note: I use light brown sugar. For dark brown sugar, just add another tablespoon of molasses.)

Packed brown sugar

Mix it well with a fork or in your stand mixer. You might still see a few lumps of molasses, but that’s okay. As long as the sugar is light and fluffy, you can add it to your favorite recipe.


Here’s the final product: a full stack of chocolate chip cookies! I let the kids taste the cookies, and no one could tell the difference between the store-bought brown sugar and homemade brown sugar.


Knowing how to make homemade brown sugar has made its way to my go-to kitchen tips and is well worth keeping some molasses on hand…you’ll run out of brown sugar long before you go through the molasses jar!

3 Responses to Homemade Brown Sugar

  1. Jeri Lynn says:

    Yes, I too, would like to know about the magnet:)

    PS. I just stumbled onto your site a cpl hrs ago from Google, & I absolutely love it. I like your writing style and your sense of humor. I also like how you reply to people’s comments, not many people do and it’s nice to let us know you care:) I will definitely be bookmaking this site. Not to mention, I’m also interested in the same things you post about. So, I love it, thanks for taking the time to post things, even with your busy schedule.

    • MaryJane says:

      Hi, Jeri. Thanks for the kind words. Glad you like the site! Unfortunately, the magnet was a gift, so I’m not sure where my sister purchased it. If you do a quick Internet search for “Baker’s Secret Substitution Chart,” you might find a link to a site that is selling it. Best of luck!

  2. Diane Szlucha says:

    Please tell me more about that magnet on your fridge!!!!! What size is it and how many substitutions could she get on there. Want to make some for friends.

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