The Best Type Of Sugar To Use For Ultra Gooey Brownies

When it comes to brownies, almost everyone can agree on the fact that they're delicious. However, that seems to be where the agreements end, as each individual has an opinion on what makes the perfect brownie: Some people prefer a fudgy texture, while others are searching for something closer to chocolate cake. And when it comes to toppings you'll find preferences for everything from powdered sugar to a rich buttercream or ganache frosting to au naturale.

If you're in the group of people who can't resist a gooey, fudgy brownie, then you know that getting that consistency to turn out just right every time can be a bit tricky. If you don't let them bake long enough, your brownies may turn out an undercooked mess. But if you leave them in the oven too long, they lose that fudgy quality that so many bakers are after. 

Luckily, there is an ingredient you can include when you make brownies from scratch that helps the chocolate treats come out gooey and fudgy every time.

Use dark brown sugar

A key component to achieving that gooey brownie texture you're searching for comes down to the type of sugar you use. There's a clear difference in taste between white sugar, light brown sugar, and dark brown sugar, but did you know the sugar varieties will also yield slightly different results when used in cooking and baking?

When compared to light brown sugar, not only will dark brown sugar give dishes a richer, toffee-like flavor, according to Glenda Embree, but it will also add more moisture, thanks to the extra molasses it contains (via Imperial Sugar). And according to Kitchn, that is the exact reason you'll want to use dark brown sugar for your brownies to ensure your next batch turns out ultra gooey.

If you don't have any dark brown sugar on hand there is no need to panic or resign yourself to dry brownies. The ingredient is super easy to make: Simply combine white sugar and molasses or add more molasses to your light brown sugar and you're well on your way to the gooey brownies of your dreams.