How to make brown sugar // Wit & Vinegar

The alternative title for this post was how to: make brown sugar / party trick like a boss / impress the clerk at the grocery store / Suze Orman your sugar situation. Obviously that was too long. Obviously we’re just making brown sugar, EXCEPT WE’RE NOT.

We all have that moment where we go to use brown sugar and we’re out or there’s a slightly open bag that’s birthed a brown sugar brick capable of killing someone and you just can’t bring yourself to put pants on and go to Target to get some more. WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE. Especially the pants part, right? Right. Duh.

Besides pants or no pants moment there’s also the disappointment I’ve found with the brown sugar I’ve been buying lately. Random stones that never go away and just blah tastes plus unnecessariness.  Why you gotta put caramel color in there? Gurl nobody wants a bag of Tan Mom!

How to make brown sugar // Wit & Vinegar

Making your own brown sugar is so insanely easy that I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make it. All you need is some white granulated sugar, unsulfured molasses, and that thing cats do when they knead your thigh but with your own hands. The result is super light and fluffy brown sugar that will make you either want to motorboat it or use it as an impractical pillow.


DIY Brown Sugar

combo action from Joy and Shauna

Makes 4 cups

4 c white granulated sugar

1/3 c unsulfured molasses ( I use a mild flavored one)


In your largest bowl start to combine your sugar and molasses until slightly combined and no chunks of molasses are stuck to the bowl. Now grab a fork and mix until it’s come together further. Once it’s mostly combined there’ll be a few little chunks of brown sugar. Use your hands to knead all of it until it’s light and fluffy. Use wherever you’d normally use light brown sugar.

*for dark brown use about 1/2 c of molasses

*the general rule is 1 c of sugar to 1 T molasses so if you only need one cup and you don’t want to spend the same amount of time to make four times as much then knock yourself out with a single cup.

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