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Brown sugar offers softer texture, deeper flavor

  • NEW YORK TIMES

    Brown sugar is granulated sugar with the addition of molasses that gives it color and a softer texture. It comes in light and dark varieties, with the dark providing a deepermolasses flavor.

Brown sugar is granulated sugar with the addition of molasses that gives it color and a softer texture. It comes in light and dark varieties, with the dark providing a deeper molasses flavor.

Using brown sugar in a cookie recipe typically produces a chewier cookie. Also, because molasses is acidic, the sugar reacts with baking soda for a puffier end product.

Handling tips:

>> When a recipe calls for “packed” brown sugar, press it firmly into a dry measuring cup. Packing removes any air pockets and ensures accuracy.

>> For storage, a glass jar is best, or a plastic bag in a sealable container. Either way the sugar will stay soft and will keep indefinitely.

>> If your sugar does get hard, microwave it in 30-second increments until it softens, or use a clean coffee grinder to break it up.

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