How to Get Brownies Out of Pan

How to Get Brownies Out of Pan

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Trying to get your brownies out of the pan shouldnt look like an episode of WWE. If youre constantly struggling with your brownies departure, its likely an issue of lack of preparation.

Before baking, butter and line your baking pan. If its still stuck, heat the pan and use a rubber spatula or knife to remove them.

Hello there, everyone! My name is Shea, and brownies are unquestionably my all-time favorite treat which is weird, considering I dont particularly care for chocolate. I suppose I’m an enigma.

Anywhoo, youre here because youre struggling with getting your brownies out of the pan. And, to be honest, this is a really frequent blunder. Its even happened to me several times, and Ive been baking for ten years.

Continue reading to learn how to pull brownies out of the pan fast and easily.

How to Get Brownies Out of Pan: Three Top Tricks

How to Get Brownies Out of Pan

Removing brownies from the pan easily starts with proper preparation. You need to use the right size and material (an 8 or 9-inch aluminum pan works best) and ensure its greased, coated, and lined correctly.

But even with proper preparation (or lack thereof), you can wind up with brownies stuck to your pan. If youre toiling with brownies that just wont budge, here are my top three tricks for success.

1. Cool on Top of a Cold Towel

While proper pan preparation is key to brownie departure success, the cooling process is the next thing to concern yourself with. Brownies should be allowed to cool for about 30 minutes before cutting. Otherwise, they will be difficult to remove from the pan.

Yes, I know; 30 minutes is a long time to wait, especially with the decadent chocolate aroma wafting through the air. However, it is very necessary for victory.

But dont just leave your brownies on the counter and hope for the best. Heres a nifty trick that can help you remove your brownies: set the hot pan on top of a cold towel. The cold towel will encourage the brownies to break away from the pan, allowing you to remove them quickly. Win!

2. Heat it Up 

So youve greased, lined, and cooled, but nothing seems to be working. What should I do now? Are your brownies on their way to the trash? No, not yet.

Sometimes, its as easy as heating your brownie pan. But don’t put it in the oven. Turn your stovetop on very low heat and place the pan on top. You will only need to heat it for a few minutes.

The grease will warm up and allow the brownies to slip and slide right out.

3. Pry it Out

When all else fails, you can always pry it out. However, proceed with caution. Youre trying to avoid a crumbling mess, not create one.

To remove stuck-on brownies, I recommend using a rubber spatula. Maneuver it around the edges of your brownies to try and loosen them off the pan. When you start making some progress on the sides, slip the spatula underneath to help pick them out of the pan.

You can also use a knife if you dont have a rubber spatula on hand. It can still work, but a knife is obviously less pliable than a rubber spatula. So, you might not get the same great results that the spatula can provide.

Note: This trick works best right after warming up the brownie pan. So, if at all feasible, try tip #2 before tip #3.

What to Do With Crumbly Brownies

How to Get Brownies Out of Pan

If you tried everything but ended up with crumbled, lifeless brownies, dont throw them away! Just because theyre not aesthetically pleasing doesnt mean they cant still be utilized. There are many ways to use brownies aside from the traditional bite-sized treat.

Here are the top three ways to use them:

  • Ice Cream Condiment Grab a bowl of your favorite ice cream and add some crumbled brownies on top, or toss the ingredients in a blender with some milk to create an out-of-this-world milkshake.
  • Pop Brownies Brownie pops are like cake pops, only better. Try them the next time youve found yourself with a crumbly brownie disaster!
  • Cheesecake If you prefer a more sophisticated dessert, consider making a cheesecake using your crumbled brownie pieces.


Brownies can be tricky treats to work with; they just love sticking to the pan! But you now know how to correctly extract them. Dive into these commonly asked questions if you want to learn more about this topic.

How long should brownies cool before removing from the pan?

Brownies need to cool for at least 30 minutes before trying to remove them. Otherwise, they will be difficult to remove, and you will likely end up with stuck-on brownies. Please do yourself a favor and let them cool naturally.

Why do my brownies keep sticking to the pan?

It’s most likely a problem with preparedness. Remember, you should always use an 8 or 9-inch pan. Materials like non-stick aluminum metal and silicone work best. Still, you will need to grease, coat, and line your pan to prevent sticking.

Do you let brownies cool in the tin?

Allow your brownies to cool in the pan in which they were baked. This is for no other reason than its somewhat impossible to remove brownies successfully before theyve cooled.

Will brownies harden when they cool?

Brownies will firm up but not solidify. The firmness is desirable and will allow you to cut the brownies into bite-sized, easily transportable squares.

Final Words

The best way to get brownies out of a pan is to cool them on a cold rag. If you are still struggling, then you can heat the pan a bit before trying to remove them. Still experiencing issues? Use a rubber spatula or knife to work around the edges and release your brownies.

Do you have trouble getting brownies out of the pan? Do you have any unique techniques to add to this list? We’d love to hear from you!


How do you cut brownies out of the pan without breaking them?

Use a plastic knife to cut brownies

Plastic knives are naturally non-stick and won’t tear the brownies as you are slicing. When cutting brownies with a metal knife the fudgy center of the brownie clings to the knife.

How long should brownies cool before removing from pan?

Generally speaking, for the best brownies to get the perfect brownie, you must let them cool for at least half an hour before eating them. You’ll need to cool brownies in the brownie pan for at least 30 minutes before performing any next steps – adding icing, decorations, or cutting them.

How do you remove brownies from a pan with parchment paper?

If you’ve used parchment, after your goods are baked and cooled, all you have to do is lift the edges of the paper to pull your treat out of the pan. From there, you can peel off the parchment and cut your baked good into portions—no awkward knife-maneuvering in the pan, no risk of damaging the pan.

What happens if you don’t grease the bottom of a brownie pan?

By not greasing the pan, the light batter will rise higher because it has something to grab on to.

Should you cut brownies warm or cold?

Wait until your brownies have completely cooled to room temperature. As brownies cool, they will solidify and set up, so slicing into them too early can result in brownie squares that fall apart or become a mess very quickly.

How long to let a cake cool before taking it out of the pan?

Allow the cake to cool.

It should spend at least twenty to thirty minutes on your cooling rack or countertop before you even attempt to remove it from its pan. If required, place the cake in the refrigerator to speed up the chilling process.

Do you wait for a cake to cool to remove it for a pan?

Unless your recipe specifies otherwise, let the cake cool completely to allow the structure to solidify. Cooling the cake on a wire rack speeds up the process, as it allows air to circulate underneath the cake pan as well.

How do you know when to take out brownies?

For cake-like brownies, take them out of the oven when they just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Bake fudgy brownies according to the recipe’s instructions. For very moist brownies, take them out toward the minimum baking time.

Is aluminum foil better than parchment paper for brownies?

Summary: Aluminum foil can endure high temperatures, but doesn’t have the non-stick qualities of parchment paper. Be sure to grease it thoroughly if using it in the oven.

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