Brown sugar is simply white sugar with molasses, but that molasses flavor gives extra depth to everything from luscious ice cream to summer fruit cobblers. I prefer to use it in desserts instead of all or part of the white sugar in recipes because I love its sweet and rich flavor, and also because I’ve found that it makes my cookies more moist.
Alas, the one downside to all that molasses is that no matter what I’ve tried, my brown sugar always eventually turns into a rock hard block of petrified sweetener in my pantry. Fortunately, my trick for softening brown sugar is simple. Using a knife, I cut away the box, place the sugar “brick” in aluminum foil, and then stick it in a 300-degree oven for 5 minutes.
Problem solved. The foil traps the moisture that the oven’s heat releases, softening the sugar once more. Then it’s go time to make my favorite brown sugar treats. Here are five simple and delicious recipes with brown sugar.Read More »from 5 Smart Ways to Use Up Brown Sugar Before It Gets Hard