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Quick Tip For Keeping Brown Sugar Soft

I’m trying out an overnight cinnamon bun recipe, and I just put this in the fridge:


When I was making the filling I couldn’t remember the last time I’d used any of my light brown sugar – it had to have been months ago – but it was still nice and soft. I always pop four or five jumbo marshmallows into the container, and they let their moisture out gradually into the sugar, keeping it from turning into a solid block. As long as the marshmallows are still soft, they’re doing their job and don’t need to be replaced.


But what if your brown sugar is already hard as a rock? There’s an easy fix: put it in a microwave-safe bowl and sprinkle a small amount of water on top. Microwave on half power for about fifteen seconds at a time, stirring after each round. Sprinkle on a little more water if you have to. Just be careful to microwave in short bursts, so that you don’t melt your sugar!

Have a good night. I can smell the cinnamon buns baking already…

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2 Responses to “Quick Tip For Keeping Brown Sugar Soft”

  1. Shelly on September 2nd, 2012 10:35 am

    Love this tip! I’ve been keeping mine in the freezer which works fine except you have to remember to take it out to give it time to soften. Your way is definitely better. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Reply:

    @Shelly: I’ve never heard of keeping it in the freezer! I’ll keep that in mind if I have too much for my usual container.