Brown sugar cookies. Photo: ZakVTA, Flickr.
So you learned how to make brown sugar yourself, by adding some molasses to regular white sugar. But how do you save your sugar once it hardens? Once it loses its moisture as a result of evaporation, brown sugar can become extremely hard -- and nearly impossible to work with. Soften it with ease with either of these suggested steps.
Place the hardened sugar in a microwaveable bowl. Dampen two paper towels and use them to cover the sugar. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 90 seconds to two minutes. Using a fork, you should be able to separate the sugar for usage.
If you don't have a microwave, you can still combat stubborn sugar. Place the saccharine concrete in a bowl, cover it with a couple of wet paper towels, then cover both with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Let it sit overnight, until the sugar has once again absorbed the moisture and is softened. You can divide it with a fork and use immediately.