Do Brownies Cool In The Pan?


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Brownies are a much loved and delicious dessert. Their chocolate taste is virtually irresistible and practically melts in your mouth. One thing about brownies, they are tasty when eaten by themselves, with a bowl of ice cream, or with a glass of cold milk. 

Baking brownies is a fun task that is sure to be appreciated later when your family eats the yummy dessert you have made. Once you have put together all the ingredients it takes to create the brownies and pop them into the oven for baking, you can sit back while they rise to perfection. 

When it’s time to take the brownies out of the oven you will set them on the stovetop. But do you let the squares of chocolate delight cool right there in the pan? And for how long do they have to cool before eating them?

How Long To Let Brownies Cool
How Long To Let Brownies Cool
You can leave brownies in the pan to cool and they should be left to cool for at least a half hour after baking them. Letting them cool in the pan will cause the edges to crisp up a little bit too. 

After baking the brownies they will sit there tempting you with their chocolatey presence and sweet aroma. You may want to just dive right in and taste the melting chocolate but trust me, the brownies will taste a whole lot better after you let them cool. 

It is recommended that you let brownies cool in their pan for at least 30 minutes after they are pulled out of the oven. For the bronies to completely cool, it can take up to 4 hours. 

If you like warm brownies and they have cooled too much for your liking, You can always microwave them for a few seconds to get them the perfect warmth. 

If you place parchment paper in the bottom of the brownie pan and then pour the batter on top and bake it, then you can pull out the baking paper and place the brownies on a wire rack to cool instead of leaving them in the pan.

You can also let the brownies cook on aluminum foil. It is good to let the brownies cool before slicing them so you get a clean cut and your brownies don’t end up crumbling. 

If you are in a hurry, and just don’t have time to let the brownies sit out to cool let alone risk them still being ooey and gooey when you take them over to a friends house, you can let your brownies sit on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes and then put them in the refrigerator on a wire rack to cool completely for 30 minutes to an hour.

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Do Brownies Get Harder As They Cool?

Do you have some trouble with your brownies cooling and turning out too dry and hard? You just can’t seem to put your finger on what ingredient is making them this way. 

What if told you that it could be that you are using chocolate instead of cocoa powder?

Brownies tend to harden when they are refrigerated or when the wrong type of chocolate is used to make them.

Now, I understand if you are in a hurry and need your brownies to cool ASAP. The fastest way this is going to happen is to put them in the fridge to cool. 

However, this will most likely harden the brownies and dry them out. If you are longing for a soft and chewy brownie, don’t refrigerate them! 

To keep the brownies soft without becoming crunchy, try wrapping them individually with plastic wrap or baking paper. This will help the brownies stay the perfect texture without drying out too quickly. 

Like I mentioned before, if you want soft brownies, use cocoa powder instead of a chocolate bar in your brownies recipe. The chocolate from a chocolate bar will harden as it cools and the result will be a hard brownie. 

On the other hand, if you use cocoa powder in the brownies recipe, it will keep the brownies from hardening and make sure they stay soft for a sweet tasting dessert. 

Another thing that may cause your brownies to harden is that you are baking them too long. An undercooked brownie is better than an overcooked one since they will finish cooking while they cool. 

You could accidentally burn them a little thus making them a bit hard. To get the right texture of brownie try following all these ways to keep them soft and delightful.

How Do You Get Brownies Out Of The Pan? 

Great question! We’ve all been there. It’s time to cut into the sweet smelling dessert when the entire top layer comes out and the bottom is stuck to the pan. 

What are some of the ways you can avoid this and get a full brownie square too munch on?

By placing some baking paper in the bottom of the pan the brownies will slide out nice and easily so you can get the whole brownie without it breaking or sticking. 

Many people greasen the bottom of the pan when baking brownies and this can help some with the brownies not getting stuck to the bottom. Some butter, shortening, or baking spray will help it to be easier for the brownies to come out of the pan. 

This is a good step to keep the desert from sticking to the bottom of the pan  and crumbling everywhere when you want a brownie.

One of the best ways to get brownies out of the pan is to put down some baking paper such as parchment paper before pouring in the batter. This way, the brownies will cook on the baking paper and can be pulled out easily when ready to eat. 

When you use parchment paper in baking brownies, it is an extra step but one that is worth it. 

First of all, you are able to get them out of the pan without them sticking to the bottom and second, it will make clean-up so much easier for you. Because who wants to scrub a brownie pan after you are full of rich and yummy brownies?

Can You Bake Brownies In A Glass Pan? 

Now you know you can let your brownies cool in the pan. But did I mention what type of pan to bake them in? It may not seem like a big deal until you use the right one and your brownies come out of the oven better. 

Maybe all you have is a glass pan. Can you use a glass pan to bake your brownies in?

You can bake brownies in a glass pan. Although, the best pans to use for this dessert is an aluminum pan or non-stick pan.

There are just a few things you should keep in mind when baking brownies in a glass pan. If you are baking brownies in a glass pan, they can easily become burnt. 

Glass absorbs a lot of heat. This is why it is used when baking crisp-crusted pies. So you can use glass to make brownies, although it isn’t ideal.

If you must use a glass pan, turn the oven temperature to about 25 degrees lower than recommended and bake for the same amount of time for better result and so you don’t end up with crispy brownies. 

Aluminum or non-stick pans are best for baking brownies in. They might take a little longer but the result is worth the wait. 

Your brownies will be the right texture and you won’t have to be concerned about them burning.

Final Thoughts

Walking into a room and smelling the fragrance of warm chocolate brownies may bring you back to your mom or grandma’s house. She used to make them all the time for you and now you use the saem recipe to make brownies. 

When the brownies are cooling, you can let them cool in the pan. Using the right kind of pan is also important to achieve brownie perfection. 

Follow some of the tips mentioned above about how to bake the brownies, how to let them cool, and what pan to use to make your brownies soft and delicious as they should be. 

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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