How to Make Light Brown Sugar

What happens if you are mid-recipe and you realize you have no light brown sugar in your pantry? Can you make your own light brown sugar? What if I told you that you could make your own organic light brown sugar with just two simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry?

organic light brown sugar

First, let’s talk about what is light brown sugar. Light brown sugar is just cane sugar with a little bit of blackstrap molasses added to it and mixed together. Light brown sugar is a mix of cane sugar and blackstrap molasses. This creates a light brown caramel colored sugar that is sweeter in taste than regular cane sugar. It also provides a somewhat caramel flavor, lending well to baked goods like cookies.

Most companies will have a very similar ratio of cane sugar to molasses. But, that doesn’t mean that all light brown sugar is created equal. I find that sometimes some are a little bit lighter and some are a little bit darker. For example, I think Florida Crystals Light Brown Sugar is on the lighter side compared to Wholesome. I tend to favor Wholesome here personally. But, just because one light brown sugar is a little different, doesn’t mean you can’t use it. All light brown sugar from brand to brand can be used in any recipe, the only difference you may find is a slightly different flavor based on the amount of molasses, which will be very very minimal if you even notice it at all.

It is important to remember that when making your own light brown sugar, you need to use blackstrap molasses. This is different than just molasses, so be sure to read the label. My favorite blackstrap molasses is Wholesome. If you’re wondering the difference between molasses and blackstrap molasses then read that article to learn more.

I do find that if you make your own light brown sugar, it will last longer than if you buy it in a store. Think about how light brown sugar clumps easily and dries out. Light brown sugar from the store has been made, packaged, shipped, and sat on store shelves before it even reaches your house! That’s a lot of time it has to start drying out. So, if you make your own, then it does last longer in your pantry.

So, in conclusion, you can easily make this simple ingredient at home instead of buying it. Or, you can always buy it and just use this recipe for when you run out in a pinch! I typically buy organic light brown sugar since I go through it all the time and it’s just easier than making it all the time. I usually buy from Wholesome. But, sometimes I also make it. Both ways are totally fine and will result in the same light brown sugar that you can use in recipes.

Why Organic

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

organic light brown sugar
organic light brown sugar
organic light brown sugar

How to Make Light Brown Sugar

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



If you run out of light brown sugar, you can easily make your own! Or if you’re sick of getting hard brown sugar at the store, try this easy recipe for homemade light brown sugar.


  • 454 grams (2 cups) organic cane sugar

  • 43 grams (2 tablespoons) Organic Wholesome Sweeteners Blackstrap Molasses


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer add the cane sugar and molasses. It helps if you add the cane sugar first, then create a small hole in the center and add the molasses in there. This helps because then it won’t stick to the sides right away and it will mix in more easily and more uniform from the start.
  • Turn the mixer on low, and mix until combined. Using a hard scraper spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle to remove excess molasses, and mix again.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.


  • High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

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