How to Substitute Molasses for Brown Sugar?

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No brown sugar? Substitute molasses.
No brown sugar? Substitute molasses. (Image: brown sugar image by Bube from Fotolia.com)

Brown sugar crystals contain molasses, which gives it a more robust flavor than white sugar as well as a soft, almost damp texture. Because of the differences between the two, white sugar is not a suitable substitute for brown. If you find yourself lacking brown sugar called for in a recipe, though, you can add molasses to white sugar for a decent substitute. The amounts you will need of each ingredient depend on whether you want light or dark brown sugar.

Things You'll Need

  • White sugar
  • Molasses
  • Medium bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Fork

Substitute Molasses for Light Brown Sugar

Measure 1/2 cup of white sugar into a bowl for each 1/2 cup of light brown sugar you want to substitute. If you need 2 cups of brown sugar, for example, measure 2 cups of white sugar into the bowl.

Pour 1 tbsp. of molasses onto the sugar in the bowl for each 1/2 cup of light brown sugar you want to substitute. For instance, if you need 2 cups of brown sugar, measure 4 tbsp. of molasses into the bowl.

Mash and stir the combination in the bowl until well-blended. Use immediately or store in a sealed container for later use.

Substitute Molasses for Dark Brown Sugar

Measure 1/2 cup of white sugar into a bowl for each 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar you want to substitute. If you need 2 cups of brown sugar, for example, measure 2 cups of white sugar into the bowl.

Pour 2 tbsp. of molasses onto the sugar in the bowl for each 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar you want to substitute. For instance, if you need 2 cups of brown sugar, measure 8 tbsp. of molasses into the bowl.

Mash and stir the combination in the bowl until well-blended. Use immediately or store in a sealed container for later use.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have dark brown sugar but need light brown sugar, mix equal parts white sugar and brown sugar.
  • To make light brown sugar into dark, add a 1 tbsp. of molasses per 1 cup of light brown sugar.

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