Monday, May 28, 2012

How To Soften Hard Brown Sugar


A few months ago I decided to splurge on some lovely, dark, organic brown sugar. It was more than I would usually spend on any baking item, but it looked so nice I had to try it. Working with the sugar itself was a treat for any baker; it was rich, moist and very easy to work with. 

About a month later I was tasked with baking some cookies for a party and when I went to reach for my posh brown sugar, I found it to be very hard and impossible to work with. Determined to not just throw it away, I used a trick that I learned long ago and it worked like a charm.  


Place your hardened brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl. In another smaller bowl (I just used a small ramekin) fill about half way with water. 

Put both bowl in your microwave, with the smaller water bowl right next to the larger brown sugar bowl. 

Microwave in 30 - 45 second intervals until the brown sugar is soft enough that you can break it apart. Continue to microwave until it is at your desired level of softness, but be careful not to go too long and burn the sugar. To soften the chunk you see in the photos, I did about 6 30-second intervals.  

Before you know it, you are ready to get baking. I hope this helps!


  1. good idea and i miss those bowls. now give me some dough!

  2. My mom used to grate the hard brown sugar, but I like your method much better.


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