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.
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:
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.
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.)
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!