How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar

Making your own brown sugar does not only save you money, but it can also save you trip to the store.

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The tradition of making of my own brown sugar happened a while ago when, funny enough, I ran out of brown sugar. I know. Who’da thunk? Anyways, I had to have brown sugar for something and so I had to search the internet for a recipe for brown sugar. I knew I wasn’t the only one who had ever thought about making brown sugar at home, so clearly there was going to be something on the internet about it. Luckily, provided and I found the recipe that saved my life. Okay, so maybe not my life, but the certainly the life of a very certain batch cookies.

How to Make Your Own Brown Sugar

I know you want to know how to make your own brown sugar. I can see it in your eyes. The way they’re glistening. It’s like magic. So here you go.

Step 1:

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Grab a small or medium bowl, depending on how much brown sugar you plan on making. For 1 cup brown sugar, use a small bowl. For 2 or more cups, use a medium or large bowl. Glass or metal bowls work just the same.

Step 2:

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Measure out 1 cup of unbleached pure cane sugar. I use Zulka pure cane sugar. It’s what I’ve used and trusted for about a year now with stunning results. Did you know that molasses is actually a by-product of cane sugar? The sugar cane is crushed to remove the juice which is then boiled vigorously. Machines utilize centrifugal force to extract the sugar crystals from the syrup. The remaining syrup becomes molasses.

Step 3:

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For those who don’t know, this is molasses. Say it with me now: m-o-l-a-s-s-e-s. Don’t use blackstrap molasses. It simply will not work in this case. But if you’re looking for an excellent source of calcium, iron, copper, or potassium, take two teaspoons every day.  For this recipe, we will be using unsulphured molasses.

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Grease your tablespoon with whatever oil you got laying around. I will tell you right now, unless you want really light brown sugar, grease it. Pour the molasses on top of the sugar.

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Fancy that!

Step 4:

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Stir the molasses and sugar together and after about 30 seconds it will look sorta like this. Keep stirring the mixture and scraping the molasses wads against the side of the bowl to crush them and cream them with the sugar.

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And voila! Congratulations! You’ve just made your own brown sugar. And it even cost you less to make yourself than it would cost to buy it from the grocery store. It’s even healthier than kind you get at the store.

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Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Brown Sugar
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Yield: 1 cup
  • 1 cup unbleached cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsulphured molasses
  1. Measure out the ingredients into a small bowl.
  2. Using a spoon or fork, stir and crush the molasses into the sugar, until all pieces of molasses are combined into the sugar.
  3. Store in an airtight container in your cabinet.

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