It’s easier than you think.  

Corey Williams
Updated: March 22, 2019

Everybody has certain flavors that make them absolutely melt. Some people have chocolate, others have cinnamon. For me, it’s brown sugar. I don’t think I’ve ever made it through an entire cookie recipe without sneaking a spoonful (or five) for myself.

Needless to say, I go through a lot of brown sugar. I’m also the world’s most forgetful person and I’m terrible at keeping grocery lists, so I often find myself in extremely stressful, brown sugar-less situations.

I sincerely hope that this never happens to you—may your cup always runneth over with brown sugar, my friends. But if you do run out one day (or if you do have a bag, but don’t want to wait for it to soften), save yourself a trip to the store with this DIY brown sugar recipe from Joy the Baker.

That’s right! You can make this baking staple with two items you probably already have in your pantry: granulated sugar and molasses.

The light brown sugar you buy at the grocery store contains about 3.5 percent molasses, according to The Spruce Eats, while dark brown sugar contains about 6.5 percent molasses.

So why not mix it up in your own kitchen?

Of course, ratios are key. For light brown sugar, use one tablespoon molasses for every cup of granulated sugar. If dark brown sugar is what you’re after, just increase the molasses amount a bit—two tablespoons of molasses to one cup of sugar should do the trick.  

Combine your ingredients using a stand or hand mixer. Now you’re ready to bake! Whip up our Brown Sugar Waffles or Brown Sugar Cinnamon Rolls with your DIY blend.