How to Make Brown Sugar

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PREP TIME 5 minutes

MAKES 1 cup


  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons molasses (not blackstrap)


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Medium bowl and fork, or food processor


  1. Measure out the granulated sugar and molasses. Measure 1 cup granulated sugar. Measure 1 tablespoon molasses for light brown sugar or 2 tablespoons for dark brown sugar.

  2. Combine the sugar and molasses. Place the sugar and molasses in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse until the molasses is completely incorporated into the sugar, about 1 minute. Alternatively, place the sugar and molasses in a medium bowl and use a fork to slowly work the molasses into the sugar.

  3. Use or store the brown sugar. If not using immediately, store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 month.

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