Remove Brownies Out Of Pan

Brownies are some of the best sweet treats out there, with their deliciously rich chocolate and their gooey insides.

However, removing the brownies from the baking pan isn’t such an easy task. If you remove them wrongly, each brownie could end up a crumbly mess, ruining the dessert.

So how do you remove brownies from a pan correctly?

Well, it all depends on a variety of factors, which you’ll need to make sure you’re meeting in order to get them out of the pan perfectly.

In our handy guide below, we’ve got an explanation of all these factors!

By the end, you’ll be able to remove brownies from the pan without difficulty every time. Read on!

How To Remove Brownie Out Of Pan

You should follow as many of these factors as you can in order to prevent your brownies from becoming a crumby mess.

Method One: Ensure The Brownies Cool Before You Remove Them

If you’ve ever tried to cut or remove your brownies as soon as they’ve come out of the oven, you’ll have noticed that the brownies end up messy and crumbly.

This is because you need to always let the brownies cool before you do so. We’re not saying they have to cool completely, but you should allow them to cool for at least 15 minutes.

Parchment Paper

However, the cooling process is different if you’ve added parchment paper lining to the baking pan, so that you can remove them more easily.

In this case, leave the brownies cooling for 10 minutes in the pan.

Once that time’s up, lift the brownies with the parchment paper (be careful!), then put them on a wire rack to cool for a further 20 minutes.

By moving them to cool elsewhere halfway, it should prevent the brownies from sticking to the parchment paper and the baking pan.

Method Two: Lightly Heat The Baking Pan

If you’re trying to remove brownies from your baking pan, but they’re sticking to it, then you can try heating the pan lightly.

How It Works

This method can work in two ways.

For one, the low heat will release the brownie’s butters and oils in cases where the pan hasn’t been greased beforehand.

This increase in liquid will help make the brownies much easier to remove in one piece.

On the other hand, if the pan was already greased beforehand (which it should be!), then the grease can sometimes go solid during heating.

This needs to be melted for the brownies to come loose, which the low heat will do.

How To Do It

It’s simple! Just turn one of your stoves on, then put it at a low heat and carefully put the brownie pan on top of it for a minute.

Method Three: Using The Correct Brownie Pan

You need to make sure that your brownies have been cooked in an appropriate baking pan in the first place.

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Firstly, you need the right sized pan. The best brownie pan will be no longer or wide than 9 inches, because these will ensure your brownies cook well in the baking time.

Non-Stick Pans

A non-stick pan is very useful because the brownie won’t stick to it, keeping it intact.

With that being said, you need to grease these pans, because a greased pan is always essential to successful brownies.

Metal Pans

If you use a metal pan, then you will need to grease it beforehand.

You need to make sure you’re spreading evenly the grease around the pan, because it will help the brownie to cook evenly too.

Can You Use A Glass Pan Or Foil Pan?

A glass pan or a foil pan aren’t recommended for brownies, because even when you grease them the brownies can still remove poorly.

Method Four: Lining With Aluminum Foil

If your brownies are heavier than normal, then lining the brownie pan with aluminum foil is the way to go, because it’s stronger at supporting them than regular parchment paper.

Why Might You Need Aluminum Foil?

The reason that your brownies might be heavier in the first place depends on whether you’ve added extra ingredients to them.

For example, you might have added fruits to the brownie batter, or perhaps marshmallow or heavier bits of chocolate.

Method Five: Prepare The Pan Correctly For Baking Brownies

To remove brownies properly, you need to have prepared the pan correctly.

A Greased Pan

As we said earlier, you always need to grease the pan. You need to do a thorough job, greasing the whole inside, sides, and edges.

For grease, you can use various substances, like cooking spray or butter.


Lining the baking pan will also help brownie removal. You can use parchment paper typically, but aluminum foil works for heavier brownies.

Make sure your lining is larger than the pan’s inside, with it overlapping the edges by a few inches.


You should also flour the inside of your pan too. Sprinkle a tablespoon’s worth of flour onto the pan, giving it an even spread.

What If Your Brownies Still Crumble?

Brownies are a delicate thing, and it might be the case that they still break up even when you’ve used all of the methods above.

What can you do in this situation? Is your dessert ruined?

No! Brownies are still rich and chocolatey, no matter what form they are in.

As a result, you can serve up your crumbled bits of brownies with some delicious vanilla ice cream, and you won’t even notice they’re broken!

Of course, you can also turn them into other desserts.

For example, rolling them up into balls and adding frosting to their tops will make them like bite-sized, gooey chocolate frosted balls.

Final Thoughts

Removing brownies can be a difficult task.

Nobody wants their brownies crumbling after spending time baking them, so follow our methods to help ensure they don’t.

And if they do? Don’t worry and don’t waste them! Repurpose them into another delicious dessert. Easy!

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Kathryn Sewell

Hi! I'm Kate and I have been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. I like to share the most interesting tips and recipes I try here on What Kate Baked for you to enjoy. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share send it over on social.

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