Molasses Substitutes

What to substitute for molasses when cooking or baking? Molasses has a long shelf life, but if it has gone bad or you have run out of molasses and need to find a proper molasses substitute then check the table below.

A proper substitute for molasses should be thick, dark and sticky. Molasses cookies, gingerbread, baked beans and many other special treats just wouldn't be the same without this substance or a similar product. Grandma says that it is "an essential staple to any pantry, there is no substitute for Grandmas Molasses. It's the Grandmas secret ingredient that will make your baked goods taste great!".[1]

Suggestions for a Molasses substitute are listed below:

Molasses Substitutes

Molasses Amount Substitute
Molasses substitute Any Same amount of Honey
*OR* Same amount of Dark Corn Syrup
*OR* Same amount of Maple Syrup
*OR* Same amount of Brown Rice Syrup
*OR* Same amount of Barley Malt Syrup

Remember, when making a substitute for molasses be sure to measure accurately for best results. A substitute for molasses may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. It's important to keep in mind the other ingredients in your recipe when choosing the proper substitute for molasses for your purposes.

Check our molasses shelf life page to find out how long molasses lasts.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.