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How to Keep Brown Sugar Soft

Brown sugar can become hard when exposed to air, making it difficult to measure and to incorporate into recipes. As delicious as it is, you don’t really want to find a chunk of unincorporated brown sugar in your next cake or cookie! Brown sugar’s high moisture content is what keeps it soft and that moisture begins to evaporate when exposed to their air, causing the sugar to harden. The sugar granules in brown sugar are coated with molasses – that’s what gives it its color and flavor, if you want to try making your own – and as it dries, that coating becomes very sticky, creating the clumps that you just don’t get in white sugar.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep brown sugar soft and fresh until you’re ready to use it.

How to Store Brown Sugar

The best way to store brown sugar is in an airtight container, which will trap all the moisture in the sugar and keep it soft. I like to transfer mine to a more solid container from the plastic bag that it comes in, as the bags are susceptible to small rips that can let in air. If you don’t have a container with an airtight lid available (some containers seem to lose their airtightness over time), place a piece of plastic wrap on the top of the container before pressing the lid into place.

How to Re-Soften Brown Sugar

If your brown sugar is hard, dry or lumpy, you’re going to need to resoften it before you can use it. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to do this.

  • Instant Fix: If you need your sure right away, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and place a moist , but not soaking wet, paper towel over it. Microwave for about 20 seconds, then stir. Repeat, if needed, until sugar has softened. You’ll need to wait until the sugar has softened to measure it properly, so put more in the bowl than you think you’ll need.
  • Overnight fix: Put sugar in an airtight container and place a slice of fresh bread or 1-2 slices of fresh apples on top. Close the container and let sit overnight or up to 24 hours. Remove the bread/apples and stir the sugar. Repeat if needed. This method is good if you have a little extra time and need to soften quite a bit of sugar.
  • Long Term Fix: To prevent sugar from drying out in the long term, buy a terracotta sugar saver and soak it in water. Dry off the outside of the disc and place it in a container with the sugar. Unlike the bread and apple, the disc can be left in with the sugar for months and will keep the sugar soft and usable. You will still need to store your sugar in an airtight container.

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Elite Cuisine EGC-007T Maxi-Matic Egg Poacher & Egg Cooker with 7 Egg Capacity and Buzzer, Teal

The Automatic Easy Egg Cooker allows you to cook up to 7 eggs at one time. An included measuring cup allows you to calibrate the water level to consistently prepare the eggs to your desired style; soft, medium, or hard boiled. In addition to steaming, this egg cooker allows you to gently poach two eggs with the included poaching tray. A convenient automatic shut-off indicator light lets the user know exactly when the cooking cycle is complete. The built-in timer adjusts automatically from soft to hard and cooks eggs exactly to your liking! Also included is a measuring cup with a built-in piercing pin to prevent cracked shells during cooking. It also allows you to pierce the eggs prior to cooking to release the sulfur within the egg. The result is consistently perfect golden yellow yolks. Gone are the days of undercooking or overcooking your eggs! Hand wash recommended. Voltage of 120V.

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Pumpkin Pie (Video)


Photos: Greg Seber

Time to bake Pumpkin Pie because tis the season! And I have the right recipe for you. This is the result of my yet another obsession to perfect a recipe. A little while ago, I set out on a quest to make the perfect pumpkin pie, which, to me must have a tender yet flaky crust, a creamy yet sturdy filling, and must look pretty, too!

When it comes to pumpkin pie crust, you have two options – either to prebake it or leave it as is before pouring the filling in it and baking. I wanted to try both and see the difference. The crust that I did not prebake turned out ok, but was lightly doughy to my taste. Then, I  I went with prebaking, for which I tested different times and temperatures. The ideal crust was the one which prebaked for only a brief amount of time, before the crust edges had a chance to brown, because they were to brown anyway, while baking with the filling for a long time.

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Indian Spiced Rum Punch Recipe

Rum puts me in a happy mood and I know I’m not the only one. It conjures up tropical destinations and pairs beautifully with a variety of fruits, spices and even herbs, which brings me to this rum punch. The idea was to have a welcome cocktail that would be celebratory and special but also complement Indian food being served at an intimate anniversary get together. 
Rum punch is often a Caribbean affair, which makes sense since rum is produced there. But this punch had a few Southeast Asian ingredients to boot. It was created by award-winning bartender Christopher Chamberlain who has worked with an incredible number of brands. The base of the drink was built around RumHaven, a particularly delicious coconut rum, made with coconut water. It’s sweet but not cloying and has a lovely freshness. 
The recipe is rather involved. Seriously. I’ve made full dinners that took less preparation! But in the end I have to say, it was worth all the work that went into it. I only made a couple of changes to the original recipe. I used fresh turmeric rather than the dry powder. I really love the depth of flavor in fresh turmeric and it’s pretty easy for me to find. I also substituted Thai basil for regular basil. I thought since this drink had an Indian vibe that Thai basil would be a better fit. If you don’t make this rum punch I would like to suggest that you consider the technique of grilling pineapple and macerating it with rum. The result was absolutely divine! Both the rum as well as the incredibly boozy pineapple. 
Indian Spice Rum Punch
Makes about 10-12 servings
1 pineapple, peeled and sliced and heavily grilled, plus a few fresh slices for garnish
1 bottle RumHaven coconut rum
1/2 teaspoon corriander seeds
1 thumb sized piece of fresh turmeric, thinly sliced
6 ounces agave syrup
9 ounces cold freshly pressed lime juice
10-12 Thai basil leaves, plus additional leaves for a garnish
12-16 ounces cold ginger beer (Fever Few brand recommended)
Begin by combining the rum with the grilled pineapple and macerating overnight. I used a large plastic tub. Crush the corriander seeds and combine with the sliced turmeric and agave syrup in a small saucepan. Heath generly and cook over low heat until fragrant. Let cool then strain. 
Place the basil leaves n a large bowl (not the punch bowl)and lightly press with a muddler to release the flavor and oils. Strain the rum into the bowl, reserving the pineapple to enjoy later. Stir together to incorporate flavors. Strain the mixture and measure 24 ounces into into the punch bowl. Add the lime juice, spiced agave and ginger beer and stir to combine. Add a large block of ice and garnish with fresh Thai basil and fresh pineapple. 
Disclaimer: My thanks to RumHaven for supplying both the rum and cocktail expertise. I was not compensated monetarily for this or any other post. 

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bites

Tangy cream cheese makes a great addition to a wide variety of baked goods, from cheesecake to cream cheese frosting. These Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bites combine chocolate chip cookies with cheesecake in an unexpected and delicious way. The bite-sized cheesecakes have equally tiny chocolate chip cookies as their base and as a topping, bringing in flavors of butter, brown sugar and – of course – chocolate without having to make traditional crusts.

You’re going to need some miniature chocolate chip cookies to make these cheesecakes. You can use my homemade Tiny Chocolate Chip Cookies or store bought cookies. Trader Joe’s has some great miniature chocolate chip cookies and you can even use something like Cookie Crisp cereal if you can’t find any other tiny chocolate chip cookies. You want the cookies to be crisp and small enough to fit in a mini muffin pan. The homemade cookies work extremely well, so make those if you don’t see any store-bought options (plus, they’re even more delicious than store-bought).

One cookie is placed on the bottom of each cavity of a mini muffin pan, then vanilla cheesecake batter is divided evenly into each cup. The batter is very easy to make and comes together in seconds in the food processor, though you can also bring it together using a hand mixer if you prefer. You’ll need about 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of cheesecake in each cup. A second cookie is placed on top of the cheesecake filling.

Use a nonstick mini muffin pan if possible and grease your pan well to ensure that you get an easy release on the mini cheesecakes, which can tend to stick to the sides of any pan. If they do stick a bit, simply run a small knife around the outer edge to release them. The shouldn’t stick on the bottom where the cookie is, which helps to get them out.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bites

When the cheesecakes first come out of the oven, the cookies on the top will be crisp. This creates a nice textural contrast with the cheesecake, but you’ll get the best flavor from the cheesecake after refrigerating these treats, even though that will soften the top cookies a bit. The bottom cookies will hold their shape, but will also be tender. They’ll keep for a couple of days in an airtight container in the refrigerator, but in my experience these little cheesecakes don’t last very long.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bites
48 mini chocolate chip cookies
1 8-oz package cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8-tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 24 cavity mini muffin pan (or 2 12-cavity mini muffin pans). Place one mini chocolate chip cookie in each muffin cavity.
In a food processor, combine cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla and salt, then whizz until well-combined and smooth. This can also be done in a large bowl using a hand mixer.
Divide cheesecake batter evenly into prepared muffin cavities, placing about 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp of batter in each cup. Top cheesecake mixture with remaining mini chocolate chip cookies.
Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until cheesecakes are set. Allow cheesecakes to cool in the pan, then remove them (slide a knife around the outside of each cup to loosen them if needed) and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 24 cheesecake bites.

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Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking: Authentic Dishes for the Home Cook

A complete course on Korean cuisine for the home cook by the YouTube star and the world’s foremost authority on Korean cooking

Her millions of fans compare her to Julia Child. An Internet sensation, Maangchi has won the admiration of home cooks and chefs alike with her trademark combination of good technique and good cheer as she demonstrates the vast and delicious cuisine of Korea. In Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking, she shows how to cook all the country’s best dishes, from few-ingredient dishes (Spicy Napa Cabbage) to those made familiar by Korean restaurants (L.A. Galbi, Bulgogi, Korean Fried Chicken) to homey one-pots like Bibimbap.

For beginners, there are dishes like Spicy Beef and Vegetable Soup and Seafood Scallion Pancake. Maangchi includes a whole chapter of quick, spicy, sour kimchis and quick pickles as well. Banchan, or side dishes (Steamed Eggplant, Pan-Fried Tofu with Spicy Seasoning Sauce, and refreshing Cold Cucumber Soup) are mainstays of the Korean table and can comprise a meal.

With her step-by-step photos—800 in all—Maangchi makes every dish a snap. A full glossary, complete with photos, explains ingredients. Throughout, Maangchi suggests substitutions where appropriate and provides tips based on her readers’ questions.

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Chocolate Crinkle Sprinkle Cookies

These chocolate crinkle cookies are rolled in rainbow sprinkles instead of powdered sugar, making them a perfect celebratory cookie for any occasion year-round!

A stack of chocolate crinkle cookies rolled in sprinkles.

Are chocolate crinkle cookies one of your holiday traditions? I have a favorite chocolate crinkle cookie recipe that I’ve been making for years, but when I opened up my friend Jessica’s new book, The Pretty Dish, her rendition totally jumped off the page at me and I couldn’t wait to make them. Instead of rolling them in powdered sugar, she rolls them in… rainbow sprinkles! These are such unbelievably pretty cookies, and they lend themselves to all sorts of variations based on the holiday and different colored sprinkles.

PLUS, they are just as delicious as they are gorgeous. Super soft, chewy cookies reminiscent of the best brownies; you can’t ask much more from your chocolate cookies!

Three chocolate crinkle sprinkle cookies stacked on top of one another.

I’ve had multiple questions from readers in the past about making cookies with vegetable oil and up until now, I had never made such a cookie. However, these crinkle cookies use vegetable oil instead of butter, and I’m happy to report that they turned out wonderfully!

They were soft (and STAYED soft) but weren’t oily or greasy in the least. This would make them a great option if you are baking for someone allergic to dairy who cannot have butter.

Three chocolate crinkle sprinkle cookies on parchment paper.

I absolutely adore how cheerful these cookies look, and love that I could switch up the sprinkles for any occasion (pink for Valentine’s Day, green and red for Christmas, red white and blue for 4th of July) – so many options!

A super soft, chewy, CHOCOLATE cookie covered in rainbow sprinkles is a cookie lover’s dream!

(And now I’m craving a soft serve ice cream cone covered in sprinkles!)

A chocolate crinkle sprinkle cookies broken in half and stacked.

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Chocolate Crinkle Sprinkle Cookies

These chocolate crinkle cookies are rolled in rainbow sprinkles instead of powdered sugar, making them a perfect celebratory cookie for any occasion year-round!


  • 1 cup (142 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (42 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup (149 grams) granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup (66 grams) vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (96 grams) rainbow sprinkles


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the cocoa, sugar, and vegetable oil until thoroughly combined. Beat the eggs in 1 at a time, then beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir with a rubber spatula to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Place the sprinkles in a small bowl.
  4. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls (I used a small cookie scoop for this), then roll in the sprinkles, pressing gently to adhere. Place the balls of dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  5. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies have spread a bit and look set. They will remain soft and chewy in the center. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet before removing them. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes:

  • Use different color sprinkles to celebrate different holidays (green and red for Christmas, pink for Valentine’s Day, red white & blue for 4th of July, etc.)!
  • You can also mix this batter by hand – simply use a whisk for step #2.

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(Recipe from The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats)

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Keurig K55/K-Classic Coffee Maker, K-Cup Pod, Single Serve, Programmable, Black

The Classic Keurig K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker, and a perennial best-seller, the Keurig K55 brews a rich, smooth, and delicious cup every time with the quality you expect from Keurig. Simple touch buttons make your brewing experience stress free, and multiple K-Cup pod brew sizes help to ensure you get your perfect cup. Whether you like your coffee strong, mild, decaf, or flavored, you can brew all of your favorites with the Keurig K55 – and with large 48oz water reservoir, you can brew 6+ cups before having to refill. Discover hundreds of K-Cup pod varieties from all of the brands you love, including Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, and Lipton, and enjoy coffee, tea, hot cocoa and more. Also available in a two fun colors to complement your décor, and compatible with the Keurig Classic Series My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter, so you can brew your own ground coffee.

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  • BREWS MULTIPLE K-CUP POD SIZES: (6, 8, 10 oz.) – the most popular K-Cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6oz brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
  • LARGE 48 oz. WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to.
  • DESCALING: An important part of cleaning your Keurig brewer. This process helps to remove calcium deposits, or scale, that can build up inside a coffee maker over time. Please refer to our descaling video for step by step instructions.
  • AUTO-OFF: An auto-off feature is easily programmed to turn off your coffee maker after it has been idle for two hours, helping to save energy.
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