Brown Sugar Substitutes

Out of brown sugar and wondering if you can substitute white sugar? You can! Try one of our emergency brown sugar substitute ideas if you find yourself in a bind.

Best Brown Sugar Substitute

Measuring sugar

For 1 cup brown sugar, substitute white sugar in an equal amount. Keep in mind, substituting brown sugar for white sugar won't make your recipe any healthier; there aren't any brown sugar benefits that white sugar doesn't have. Though brown sugar has added molasses, brown sugar nutrition is almost exactly the same as regular granulated sugar.

Note: Substituting white sugar for brown sugar will cause cookies to be a little crispier. To fix the crispiness, add 2 tablespoons molasses for every cup of white sugar.

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Brown Sugar Basics

Brown Sugar

Granulated brown sugar is a mix of granulated sugar and molasses. The amount of molasses determines the color, and whether the sugar is classified as dark or light brown sugar. Dark brown sugar will have a stronger molasses flavor. You can buy light and dark brown sugar in granulated form, and you can also find brown sugar cubes online or in some grocery stores.

Healthy Brown Sugar Substitute

Brown Sugar

For 1 cup brown sugar, substitute 1 cup organic brown sugar, coconut sugar, or date sugar, or substitute up to half of the brown sugar with agave nectar in baking.

  • Sugar substitutes replace sugar and omit carbs and added sugar.
  • Sugar substitute blends replace half of the sugar and reduce added carbs and added sugars by half. 

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How to Measure Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar Basics

Make sure the measuring cup you're using is completely dry. Firmly press the brown sugar into the measuring cup so it holds its shape when poured out.

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How to Store Brown Sugar

measuring brown sugar

Store brown sugar in a sealed plastic bag or an airtight container to prevent it from hardening. Store in a cool, dry place so your brown sugar will keep indefinitely. To prevent granulated brown sugar from clumping over time, place one marshmallow in the same container as your sugar. The marshmallow will help regulate the moisture in the container so your brown sugar doesn't dry out.

Baking with Brown Sugar

Our Best Savory Brown Sugar Recipes

Brown sugar isn't just for baking! One of the best ways to bring brown sugar into a savory dish is as a delicious sweet glaze. Take a break from the sweet, and try these yummy savory uses for brown sugar.

Brown Sugar and Whiskey-Glazed Ham

Brown Sugar-Chile Baked Acorn Squash

Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Onions

Brown Sugar-Bacon Monkey Bread

Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots

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