Trader Joe’s Organic Light Brown Sugar Review (and cookie recipe too)

The pros:   Tasty, works well in cookie recipe (see below), strong smell of molasses.

The cons:  Pricey because its organic.

The verdict:  For $3.49, it’s not as cheap as regular brown sugar.  Has much larger granules of sugar as compared to other brands of brown sugar.  I’ve used this primarily for cookies and it works very well and I personally prefer it to Domino’s or store brands of brown sugar.

The bag:Trader Joe's Organic Light Brown Sugar

The nutritional information and ingredients:Trader Joe's Organic Light Brown Sugar

About this product:Trader Joe's Organic Light Brown Sugar

Would I buy this again?  My answer is yes.  I’ve bought is several times in fact.  What’s the difference between Trade Joe’s Organic Brown Sugar and regular supermarket light brown and dark brown sugar?

Trader Joe's Organic Light Brown Sugar
Left to right: Stop & Shop Light brown sugar (pictured left), Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Sugar (pictured middle), Stop & Shop Dark Brown Sugar (pictured right)

So Trader Joe’s Organic brown sugar is half way between dark and light brown sugar in terms of color, but what you can’t see is the size of the sugar granules which seems larger than the non organic brown sugar.

How do you test out brown sugar?  Make cookies!20161222_165807.jpg

This Betty’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar or Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Sugar

2 tsp Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste

2 eggs

2 1/4 cup AP flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 package (usually a 10-12 ounces) of chocolate chips or chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Mix the butter and sugars in a stand mixer until fluffy20161222_170443.jpg
  3. Add Vanilla
  4. Add each egg one at a time to incorporate.  These are your “wet” ingredients.20161222_170525.jpg
  5. In a separate bowl add flour, salt, and baking soda.  Stir to combine.  These are your “dry ingredients”
  6. Using 1/4 cup measurements, slowly add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.20161222_170732.jpg
  7. Once all dry ingredients are incorporated into wet ingredients, put mixer on the slowest setting and mix in 1 bag of chocolate chips.20161222_170859.jpg
  8. Using a cookie scoop, place scoops 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a non stick surface such as a sil-pat.20161222_171125.jpg
  9. Place in oven for 13-14 minutes for soft and chewy cookies or longer if you like a crispier cookie.  The browning will give you a sense of how “done” they are.20161222_172726.jpg

I don’t know about you, but I think mine (on the left) look better than Trader Joe’s Chunky Chocolate Chip cookies (on the right):

Want to see more items I’ve reviewed from Trader Joe’s?  Click on Thoughts & Reviews of Trader Joe’s for an alphabetized list.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this sugar! I use it in most of my baking.

  2. israelisalad says:

    Your recipe is the same as the one on the bag of my favorite brand of chocolate chips.

    1. becomebetty says:

      It’s very similar to Nestlé toll house which has nuts and is baked at 375. I bake mind at 325 and I leave out the nuts completely. All chocolate chip cookie recipes are going to be pretty similar.

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