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How to Make Brown Sugar with Only 2 Ingredients

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Have you ever stopped mid-recipe only to realize you're missing one crucial ingredient? This happens all the time with me and brown sugar. I rarely use it on a daily basis, but sometimes a baked recipe calls for it and I'm at a loss. Luckily, I figured out how to make brown sugar: all it takes are two common ingredients and you've got yourself a delicious, albeit makeshift, brown sugar concoction. Sweet success!

So, don't go jumping in the car and whizzing your way to the nearest grocery store to pick up brown sugar, because you may have it at your fingertips after all. Achieve the same effect with white sugar and molasses.

How to Make Brown Sugar

Makes 1 cup


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons molasses
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Stir the molasses into the white sugar and mix until combined evenly and completely. You could alternatively mix them together in a food processor. Store in a sealed-tight container for optimum freshness and add a few drops of water to make the brown sugar moister. Enjoy in your favorite baked dessert recipes or atop your morning oatmeal.

Aylin Erman is founder of GlowKitchen. There she shares step-by-step picture recipes of her plant-based creations. Aylin lives and works in Istanbul as a writer and editor at the country's first-ever green-living and sustainability platform, Yesilist. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter to keep up with food news and recipes.

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