6 Ways to Soften Hard Brown Sugar

by Stress Baking

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If you've ever gone to scoop out brown sugar for a recipe only to have the measuring cup sound like it ran into a boulder, you know it’s the worst.

hard as a rock

But the good news is that it’s not an unsolvable problem! There are actually several different ways you can return your brown sugar to its original glory.

6 methods

Place your clumps of brown sugar into a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a damp paper towel, and heat for 15-20 seconds. Fluff with a fork.

method 1: microwave

Preheat your oven to 250˚F and put your brown sugar clumps on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.  Place it in the oven and keep an eye on it until you see it start to soften, and then immediately remove it from the oven. However, you need to measure out what you need and use it immediately. The sugar is now hot and once it starts to cool it will harden again.


Soak a terracotta disk in water for at least 20 minutes. Place your hardened brown sugar in a tightly-sealed container, and add the terracotta disk.

METHOD 3: Terracotta

It can take a couple days, but you can just let the disk do the work for you – and you can re-soak the disk and add it to your usual container of brown sugar so that it can help maintain the already soft sugar’s integrity.

METHOD 3: Terracotta

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