How to soften the brown sugar in your jar:
Does the brown sugar layer in your jar mix feel as hard as cement? Relax... it's natural! Brown sugar is simply sugar with molasses, which gives it a high moisture content. When placed in a jar with other dry ingredients, the moisture is absorbed, leaving the sugar hard. Even if you leave brown sugar in your cupboard tightly sealed, it tends to harden. But there's a quick way to soften it: empty the top jar ingredients into the bowl, and heat the jar in the microwave (without the metal lid) for 30 seconds. Then use the back of a wooden or plastic spoon to break up the brown sugar and pour the remaining jar ingredients into the bowl. Do not use a metal instrument to break up the sugar, as it may crack or shatter the glass jar. If your brown sugar layer is still hard, try putting the jar in the microwave with a glass of water for 30 seconds.
Tips for soft and chewy cookies:
- After mixing, chill dough in the refrigerator for an hour
- Take cookies out of the oven when centers are barely solid and leave on the baking sheet for 10 minutes to cool before transferring to a plate or a wire cooling rack (they'll finish cooking on the baking sheet)
- To keep cookies chewy for days, place a slice of bread in the bottom of an airtight container and cover with a paper towel. Layer your cookies on top and seal the container. The cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread, keeping them soft and chewy for days! (Thanks to Nicole for this awesome cookie hack!)