How to Soften Brown Sugar

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Quick Fix: How to Soften Brown Sugar

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What a waste! Your brown sugar is one giant clump of almost unbreakable sugar. You’ll have to throw it out and buy a new one to finish this cake! Or do you? Don’t throw out your “ruined” brown sugar just yet; you may be able to save it with these tips below!

Immediate Fix:  Place the hard brown sugar in a glass, microwave-safe bowl, next to another bowl with a ¼ cup of water in it. Microwave on Medium for 30 seconds. If your sugar is not yet soft, try it for another 30 seconds at a time until you have soft brown sugar again.

Overnight Fix:  Place one of the following in a sealed container with your brown sugar.  Over the years I have tried almost all of these and they work like magic!!

    • a slice of apple
    • a slice of bread
    • 2 fresh marshmallows
    • place a damp paper towel over the top of the bowl  (do not seal it with this method, leave it in an open bowl)
    • buy a brown sugar softening disk or bear (you can also grab these at most stores that sell kitchen supplies)

You’ll have fresh, soft brown sugar in no time!

Bonus tip:   Running low on brown sugar?  You can easily make your own Brown Sugar in just a couple of minutes!!

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

5 comments on “How to Soften Brown Sugar”

  1. I’ve placed a slice of bread on top of my brown sugar for years. Just replace the bread every now and then. Always works!

  2. I put mine in freezer after use, then take out maybe 30 minutes before next use to soften

  3. I really like your recipes, etc.

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