How to Substitute for Molasses in Baking

Molasses is a byproduct of sugar production; it's the syrupy residue found in the vats after the sugar is processed. Your recipe might call for light, dark or blackstrap molasses. Light molasses has a milder, sweeter flavor, while dark molasses is stronger and less sweet, but still flavorful. Most recipes do not call for blackstrap molasses, because it is fairly bitter. Bakers often use molasses in cookies, rye bread and gingerbread. If your baked goods recipe calls for molasses and you do not have any, substitute another sweetener instead. Try corn syrup, brown sugar or honey.

Molasses substitutes will sweeten your cookies. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup maple syrup

  • 1 cup honey

  • 1 cup dark corn syrup

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup barley malt syrup

  • 1 cup brown rice syrup

Step 1

You can substitute maple syrup for molasses. (Image: Dave King/Dorling Kindersley RF/Getty Images)

Substitute 1 cup of maple syrup to your baked goods recipe for every 1 cup of molasses.

Step 2

Honey can substitute. (Image: Valentyn Volkov/iStock/Getty Images)

Use 1 cup of honey in place of every 1 cup of molasses.

Step 3

Dark corn syrup tastes similar to molasses. (Image: Maksymowicz/iStock/Getty Images)

Pour 1 cup of dark corn syrup instead of 1 cup of molasses. Dark corn syrup has more of a slight taste of molasses than light corn syrup.

Step 4

Brown sugar can be used as a substitute. (Image: YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images)

Take out 1 cup of molasses and add 3/4 cup of either dark or light brown sugar to your dough or batter.

Step 5

Try barley malt syrup. (Image: AndreasWeber/iStock/Getty Images)

Use 1 cup of barley malt syrup instead of 2/3 cup of molasses.

Step 6

Brown rice syrup is another substitute. (Image: tanjichica7/iStock/Getty Images)

Add 1 cup of brown rice syrup to your baked goods instead of 1/2 cup of molasses.

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