How to make brown sugar in a pinch (VIDEO)

Jun 4, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. ET
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Every once in a while I get a craving for homemade chocolate chip cookies that just won't quit. The problem is, since I really dislike baking, I don't tend to keep my pantry stocked with cookie-making essentials.

And there's nothing worse than actually being in the mood to bake but not having the ingredients to make it happen. Which reminds me, I should probably buy some of that frozen cookie dough for future cravings.

One of the essential ingredients in my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is brown sugar. So what do I do when I realize that I'm out (besides cry in front of the open cupboard)? I make my own darn brown sugar with this genius baking hack.

It's super easy, and you need only two ingredients. Then you're well on your way to cookie-eating.


As long as you've got the brown sugar out, these recipes might tempt you. You need something to do while the cookies cool, right?

1. Brown sugar baked peaches with rum-infused yogurt sauce recipe

baked peaches

If you haven't tried fresh baked peaches for dessert, you're missing out. This will be your new go-to summer favorite.

2. Brown sugar shortbread topped with Nutella recipe

brown sugar shortbread topped with nutella

Nutella-covered brown sugar shortbread. All of these words please me.

3. Spiced brown sugar butter with walnuts and raisins recipe

compound butter recipes

Compound butter is so versatile. This spiced brown sugar version would be perfect on pancakes and waffles.

4. Hasselback sweet potatoes with brown sugar butter and marshmallows recipe

Hasselback sweet potatoes with brown sugar butter

To satisfy your craving for the traditional Thanksgiving side dish any time of year, make hasselback sweet potatoes filled with all the usual goodness.

5. Marinated grilled beef tenderloin skewers recipe

beef tenderloin marinade

Brown sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness to this soy sauce-infused beef marinade.

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