Many foods do not have easy or practical substitutions. Brown sugar, however, is not one of these. Brown sugar is not in fact a different type of sugar than regular granulated sugar. Instead, it is white sugar that is combined with molasses. As a result, replacing brown sugar in recipes is a simple task compared to many other substitutions. Depending on the other ingredients in the recipe, you may need to make some slight modifications.

Things You'll Need

Measure out an amount of regular granulated white sugar equal to the brown sugar in the recipe. For example, if the recipe calls for 2.5 cups of brown sugar, measure out 2.5 cups of white sugar. Pour the sugar into a bowl.

Add molasses to the bowl. For light brown sugar, add 1-1/2 tbsp. molasses per cup of sugar. For dark brown sugar, add 2 to 2-1/2 tbsp. molasses per cup of sugar.

Stir the sugar and molasses together with a spoon until the mixture is thoroughly blended. Use your homemade brown sugar in the same way as you would have used commercially bought brown sugar.


  • If you do not like the flavor of molasses, you can replace it with granulated white sugar. This will affect the taste of the final recipe, however.