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How to soften brown sugar

A few ways to soften brown sugar using the oven, microwave or simply leaving it out overnight. Here are step-by-step instructions for each method.
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ways to soften brown sugar, best way to soften brown sugar, soften brown sugar in the microwave, soften brown sugar in the oven, soften brown sugar overnight
Calories: 836kcal
Author: Bob


  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishcloth
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glass bowl


  • Brown sugar
  • 1 slice of bread


Microwave with a towel

  • Place your hardened brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl
  • Wet a paper towel or dishcloth and ring out the excess water, then lay it over the bowl with the brown sugar.
  • Place in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • Using a fork break up the clumps and add a few more seconds if needed.

Microwave with a bowl of water

  • Place your hardened brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl and into the microwave.
  • Place another microwave-safe bowl in the microwave next to the brown sugar about 1/3 full of water.
  • Microwave both bowls for about 30 seconds.
  • Break up the brown sugar with a fork.

Oven Method

  • Preheat your oven to 250°F
  • Wrap your hardened brown sugar tightly in tin foil and then place it on a baking sheet.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes and check on it. Be sure to wear oven mitts as it is going to be hot.
  • Add another 5 minutes if needed but don't overdo it.


  • Place a slice of bread (or apple slices) into an airtight container with the brown sugar.
  • Let it sit out on the counter overnight and the moisture from the bread (or apples) will loosen your brown sugar.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 836kcal | Carbohydrates: 216g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 293mg | Sugar: 213g | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 2mg