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There are many ways to soften brown sugar, but this one is a good one becuase you will probably have the items in your pantry. Put the hard brown sugar in a plastic container and line the top with plastic wrap. Put a wet, (not dripping) paper towel on top and cover. In a day you will be able to use the brown sugar. Another one is to purchase a small terra cotta heart or other item, soak it in water and keep it in the sugar.
Make it real easy on yourself in the first place. Get a Mason (wide mouth) jar and put the sugar in. Holds indefinetly.
I have tried the wet paper towel idea and it works