Quick Way to Soften Brown Sugar

by Angela LaFollette ; Updated September 28, 2017

Soften brown sugar quickly so that you can add it to a recipe.

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You must store brown sugar in an airtight container in a warm and moist location. If the brown sugar is not stored properly, it becomes hard and forms into lumps. Once the brown sugar hardens, it is difficult to add the appropriate amount of sugar to recipes, and it might not incorporate correctly. Fortunately, you can soften the brown sugar quickly and temporarily so that you can use it instead of throwing it away.

Using the Microwave to Soften Brown Sugar

Dampen a white paper towel so that it feels moist. Avoid using a dripping wet paper towel.

Place the desired amount of brown sugar into a microwave-safe container.

Cover the container with the damp paper towel.

Heat the brown sugar on high for 30 seconds.

Check the brown sugar after 30 seconds. Continue to heat the brown sugar for 30-second intervals until it softens completely.

Remove the microwave-safe container. Use the brown sugar immediately because it will harden once it cools.

Using an Oven to Soften Brown Sugar

Heat an oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the hardened brown sugar onto a baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet into the heated oven for a few minutes.

Watch the brown sugar carefully because it will soften quickly.

Remove the brown sugar once it softens. Use the brown sugar immediately because it will harden when it cools.

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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.