1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
1 Cup Medium Brown Sugar
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 3 tablespoons molasses
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
Combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1/4 cup molasses
Pour sugar and molasses into a mixing bowl (or food processor). Mix with a paddle attachment on medium-low speed for about 1 minute. The mixture will be crumbly at this point. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
Increase the speed to medium-high and continue to mix until the sugar is all one beautiful golden brown color and there are no more chunks of molasses. The more you mix it, the more air gets into it and the fluffier it will become. Should take 3-4 minutes total.
Store your brown sugar a dark airtight container. Use as you would store bought brown sugar.
Softening Brown Sugar
When brown sugar is exposed to air it can solidify as it loses moisture and become very hard. You can prevent this by limiting brown sugar’s exposure to air and dry conditions. Store it in the refrigerator or a cool, dark place in a nontransparent, airtight sealable container. If your sugar still becomes hard, here are a few ways to soften it.
To Use the Brown Sugar Right Away:
1. Place brown sugar in a microwavable bowl.
2. Drape with one or two damp paper towels.
3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
4. Microwave on high for 10-second intervals until the sugar becomes soft.
5. Break apart with a fork and use right away.
To Use the Brown Sugar Later
1. Cover with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap, and let sit overnight at room temperature.
2. Place a wedge of apple or a slice of bread in the bag overnight. The sugar will absorb the moisture from these foods.