How to Know When Brownies Are Done

How to Know When Brownies Are Done

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Brownies are one of the simplest baked goods to prepare. But, getting them out at the correct moment might be difficult. If you take a few minutes off, you can wind up with something completely different than what you meant.

Of course, how done you want your brownies is a matter of personal choice. In general, you should be able to determine whether your brownies are done by looking at them, timing them, or using the toothpick test.

My name is Angie, and I’ve been baking for almost ten years. Brownies are my speciality; peanut butter, smores, and cheesecake swirled brownies, I’ve made them all. In this post, I’ll go through a few techniques to check whether your brownies are done.

Do you want flawlessly cooked brownies? I’m sure I am!

How to Tell if Brownies are Done

These are the primary indicators that your brownies are done.

1. Visuals

You can determine whether your brownies are done by looking at them. As you open the oven door, check for a crusty crust around the edges. While the middle of the brownie may still jiggle slightly, the borders should be entirely firm and just beginning to peel away from the pan.

The top of the brownie should be matte and no longer shining, and a thin layer should have developed on the top of your cracked brownies.

2. Time

The baking time for brownies may vary depending on the size of your tray. Set your timer for 40 minutes for brownies cooked in an 8-inch square pan.

Personally, I prefer to divide my baking time in half, pulling the tray out after 20 minutes to sprinkle on some salt and tap the pan a few times on a flat surface. This will help your brownie bake more evenly and produce some lovely cracks on top.

3. The Toothpick Test

The trustee toothpick test may be used to ensure that your brownies are done. This is often used in baking to assess the doneness of various baked items.

Just poke a toothpick into your brownies. This should be done twice, once at the perimeter and once in the middle of the brownie. There should be no residue coming off the ends of your toothpick as you carefully remove it.

As you take the toothpick out of the middle of your brownies, you’ll see a smear of chocolate goo on it. If you want a chewy or fudgy brownie, try this.

Don’t worry about it being undercooked since residual heat will continue to cook your brownie after it has been taken from the oven.

4. Check Its Temperature

Check the temperature in the middle of your brownie using a digital thermometer. For optimal doneness, the temperature should be between 165 and 210F. A cakier brownie will result at a higher temperature.

Different Brownie Textures

Things to check for may vary depending on how you like your brownies. A thorough guide is available at the link below.


Cakey brownies have quite different components than conventional brownies. It’s drier and fluffier, and you may not get a crust on top at all, just a thin soft film as on a chocolate cake.

Cakier brownies need less wet ingredients and hence take less time to bake. After 20 minutes in the oven, you may begin checking for doneness.

Expect to bring out your toothpick with some crumbs on it while completing the toothpick test. It should indicate that it is completed.

Your cakey brownie should have an interior temperature of 210 degrees Fahrenheit.


My favorite kind of brownies are chewy brownies. It’s not too wet, yet it’s still soft and luscious.

To test whether your chewy brownies are done, insert a toothpick into the middle and it should come out clean from the sides but somewhat gooey from the center.

An eight-inch chewy brownie should be completely cooked in 45 minutes, with an internal temperature of 165 to 210F. Be sure to check on it after around 30 minutes.


The moistest of the three are fudgy brownies. Take your brownies out and, with your gloves on, give them a little jiggle. The centre of your fudgy brownies should still wobble somewhat. The top of your fudgy brownie should be matte and broken.

A toothpick pushed into the middle of the brownie should come out gooey, similar to a chewy brownie, but with a wetter consistency.

It should also take 30-45 minutes to bake your fudgy brownies. When the middle of your brownie reaches 165°F, it should be fully set and ready to be removed from the oven.


These are some often asked questions about how to know whether brownies are done.

How to tell if brownies are overcooked?

If a toothpick inserted into the middle of the brownies comes out clean, they are overdone. As you remove your brownies from the oven, the residual heat continues to cook them, resulting in a cakey, thick, and unappealing slab of brownies.

Of course, you’ll know your brownies are overdone when they turn black instead of brown and begin to smell burned.

Can undercooked brownies make you sick?

When it comes to brownies, many of us like them undercooked rather than overcooked. Eating slightly undercooked brownies is normally safe; however, you must avoid salmonella illness from raw eggs.

But, since the setting temperature for brownies is 144F, which is higher than 135F, the temperature at which salmonella may be killed, you shouldn’t be too concerned until your brownies are clearly moist and uncooked.

Can you put brownies back in the oven if undercooked?

You certainly can! Set your oven to the same temperature you cooked them at the first time, which should be approximately 350F, lay your brownies back on their tray or straight on a baking sheet, and bake until done to your liking.

Final Thoughts

Simple? I believe so. Now that you know four methods to detect whether your brownies are done, I hope you’ll have an easier time preparing the right consistency brownies for you.

What kind of brownies do you like? Is it cakey, chewy, or fudgy? And how do you know when they’re finished? Please share your methods and ideas in the comments section below!

Angie’s Bio


How do you know if brownies are undercooked?

Uncooked batter has a gleaming sheen, but cooked batter and melted chocolate are duller. So all you have to do is pay attention to the appearance of the brownie crumbs. If it’s still shiny, it’s not done, but if it’s darker and matte, it’s.

How do you tell if brownies are done without a toothpick?

The Shaking Technique Gently shaking the pan is another simple technique to see whether your brownies are done. When your brownies are done, the top will be hard and the surface will have fissures. There will be no jiggling of the batter in the middle. Jiggling equals undercooked!

What should a brownie look like when cooked?

When the brownies are done, the sides will be seen cooked through and the center will be firm (not wavy) when you shake the pan. Guy-Hamilton picks out the cracks as soon as they appear on the top of the brownie, which should be glossy and set.

Are my brownies gooey or undercooked?

Is a gooey middle in brownies a good thing? On average, the middle of brownies should not be gooey. Gooey brownies indicate undercooked brownies, which should be returned to the oven. The middle of a properly set brownie should be somewhat soft.

Why are my brownies chewy in the middle?

Brown sugar’s molasses concentration is responsible for chewy but soft brownies. If you don’t like chewy brownies, leave off the brown sugar entirely. If you want chewy brownies and your recipe doesn’t call for it, add 3-4 tbsp brown sugar at the end for delightfully chewy brownies!

Is it OK to eat gooey brownies?

I wouldn’t do that on a daily basis, but it’s probably not much more harmful than eating fresh cookie dough or licking the spoon.

Do brownies harden as they cool?

It is crucial to remember that your brownies will thicken up as they cool, but they will not solidify until cooled in the refrigerator or freezer. At room temperature, your brownies should be fudgy, firm, and melt-in-your-mouth.

How long should brownies cool before cutting?

Starting right away

We understand how tempting it is to delve into a pan of freshly baked brownies. But, if you want to cut your brownies neatly, let them cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into them. (Here are three other methods to cut brownies.)

What happens if you overcook brownies?

If you wait until there are no more crumbs clinging to the toothpick before taking your brownies out of the oven, you will be disappointed by overdone brownies. They are more likely to be dry and crumbly than soft and fudgy.

Should brownies be gooey after baking?

Most brownies are intended to be moist in the middle rather than gooey. Moist brownies are soft and tasty, but gooey or soupy brownies may have a raw center.

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