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Substituting Light for Dark Brown Sugar

I was wondering if you can use light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar for a recipe I found for toffee muffins. Thanks for your help.

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August 24, 20120 found this helpful

The two types are interchangeable in recipes. Dark brown sugar gives more of a molasses taste, and probably is better to use in recipes like gingerbread, spice cake etc. Light brown sugar actually is probably better in the muffin recipe, because you want a toffee flavor, not a molasses one. I have been using both types (whatever I have on hand) for over 50 years, and find very little if any difference in the taste of my baking.

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August 27, 20120 found this helpful

Yes, the darker brown sugar simply has more molasses in it. Stir in molasses if you want it darker.

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