Brownies are amongst the best and most common baked concoctions in the world. A simple combination of cocoa, eggs, flour, and a few other ingredients are made into addictive squares. When dessert or your party is over, there might be a brownie or two left that weren’t snatched up.
Preserving brownies is pretty easy. Rather than letting them dry out on the counter, you might want to consider doing something else instead. The freezer seems like a good method to preserve just about everything in sub zero temperatures, but should you?
Freezing brownies is definitely possible. There are different methods to freezing a pan or brownies versus individual brownies. The easiest methods involve parchment paper and air tight containers. Read on to learn more about freezing your favorite dessert.
How do I freeze a whole pan?
Did you make brownies ahead of time, or realize that you aren’t going to need them yet? Freezing the whole pan is the best way to preserve the entire pan instead of cutting the brownies apart.
The easiest way to start this process is preparing before you begin baking
- Line the pan you’ll be baking brownies with in parchment paper. Line some parchment paper on the sides of the pan so you can lift with the parchment paper.
- Prepare and cook the brownies like you normally would.
- When the brownies are finished baking, let them cool down completely.
- Remove the brownies using the parchment paper to lift them out.
- Wrap the entire sheet of brownies in tight plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. Don’t put the aluminum in the microwave for a reheat.
- Place the wrapped brownies in the freezer.
- Remove them from the freezer hours before you wish to reheat them again.
When you do want your brownies, you are going to need to wait for the entire sheet of brownies to thaw before trying to cut.
How do I freeze individual brownies?
You could throw individual brownies into containers, but doing just a little more will preserve moisture.
- Place sliced brownies into a container in a single layer
- Put some parchment paper on top of that layer. Press the parchment paper slightly into the top of the brownie to adhere.
- Top with another layer of brownies and parchment paper in the same way
- Put the entire container in the freezer
Some will prefer this method because you can simply heat up an individual brownie and not wait for the whole sheet to thaw.
What if they are frosted or iced?
Here is another scenario in which planning ahead is better. If you are planning to freeze brownies, don’t put the icing on until after you have reheated them. Freezing can easily change the texture of chocolate or vanilla icing and cream cheese.
Add frosting later to avoid changing the composition of the most delicate part of the brownie.
Freezing brownies is a piece of cake with our tips. Go make your favorite brownie recipe and if somehow these are brownies left over, you’ll know what to do with the extras.
One more thought for you: Prepare some space in your freezer for brownies. They will require some space and you definitely don’t want to pack your freezer too tight.