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can I replace white sugar with brown sugar when baking cookies? Answered

What will happen to my cookies if I replace the brown sugar in the recipe with white sugar

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seandogue (author)2015-07-19

Like everyone's saying, it will change the taste. In the case of recipes calling for brown sugar (you didn't say light or dark...there's a difference), it will result in a blander flavor, since white sugar only imparts "sweet".

Brown sugar is also "softer" than white sugar and it will probably also affect the recipes' texture slightly.

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seandogue (author)seandogue2015-07-20

Having thought about this a bit more, I am now almost sure you're going to see texture changes as well as taste, even if subtle. I had forgotten about color, which reading Verence's reply reminded me of, and then I got to thinking about how the brown in brown sugar acts under heat... Taken to extreme, you get that chewy inside and sugar-crystalline crispiness of literal "molasses cookies", if you see what I mean... So I'd expect that even for something like a chocolate chip cookies, you'd lose a bit of the stretch I *think the molasses (or "brown" in the brown sugar) imparts.

I'd be curious to hear back from you about how your experiment goes. Texture? color? taste?

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seandogue (author)2015-07-20

BTW, Do you have any molasses at your disposal? If so, a ~1/8 tsp per cup of sugar might counter the bleached sugar, although I'll admit that my suggestion is just an educated guess... worth a try if you do and don't have access for a while to get brown sugar, ie, remote location/etc.

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verence (author)2015-07-18

The colour may be a tiny bit lighter (probably not noticeable) and it will lack the caramel taste of the molasses in the brown sugar.

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Downunder35m (author)verence2015-07-18

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The brown sugar is just for the "special" taste, same like Cocos sugar or other raw sugars.
They all bring a destinct taste a flavour into the dish, but normal white sugar will do if you don't mind.

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Wired_Mist (author)Downunder35m2015-07-18

Will it change how the cookies bake ? No, not really.

Will it change the color?, Yes Slightly.

Will it change the Taste? Absolutely !

If the recipe suggested you use Brown Sugar it's for the taste, and i would suggest you stick with it. If you don't have any it won't hurt to use plain white sugar :)

Btw if you found our comments useful I'm sure Verence or RickHarris up there would appreciate you clicking that blue button button under one of their names :P

Good Luck !

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rickharris (author)2015-07-18

You will change the look and more importantly the taste.

However try you may like it better.

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