Yes you can freeze brownies! Whether you want to freeze an entire batch or individual brownies, read on for the simple and effective way to store your brownies in the freezer while retaining their delicious flavor.
Sometimes when I make brownies for the family, they don’t quite get eaten up before they go stale. And other times I want to whip up an extra big batch do I can store half the brownies for later. And in both of these situations freezing is the way to go!
My article on how to soften hard brownies generated a lot of questions but the most frequent was, can brownies be frozen? So I decided it was time to let you know the best way to store brownies in the freezer. Read on for the ridiculously simple and effective method.
Can Brownies Be Frozen?
Yes! Brownies can be frozen. You can effectively freeze individual brownies or an entire batch.
And that goes for fudge brownies, cake brownies, and any other type you are making.
Freezing brownies is a great way to make them last as long as possible and avoid throwing out perfectly good brownies. So that means less waste and a little more money in your pocket.
Here are some notes on freezing different types of brownies. Fudge brownies are the most straight forward type to freeze. Simply follow the steps below, but some other types of brownies will require more attention to ensure they turn out tasting the best possible.
Frosted brownies can be frozen but it is often best to freeze them without frosting and then add it when you are ready to serve.
With swirl or filled brownies it is important to consider the moisture content when you go to freeze them. While the flavor is not likely to change, this higher moisture content should be addressed when it’s time to get them ready for the freezer.
How To Freeze Brownies
So in this article we will be going over how to freeze the most common types of brownies. Depending on what kind of brownies you are working with, simply skip ahead to the section that fits your type of brownies.
How To Freeze Individual Brownies
Whether freezing leftovers or just freezing your brownies in individual servings, this is a simple and effective way to keep your brownies soft and tasty.
There are a couple ways to go about this and which way you choose depends on how you intend to serve them later on.
For individual servings, slice your brownies in to desired pieces. Now wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then parchment paper. Make sure they are completely covered with both layers and then add them to a freezer safe dish. I like glass tupperware style containers but any freezer safe option will do (including freezer bags).
Next just place them in the back of your freezer and store until ready to thaw and serve.
If you intend to serve multiple brownies then first slice up your brownies into desired sized pieces.
Take a medium to large freezer safe container and line it with parchment paper. Place a single layer of brownies on the paper and then cover with another layer of parchment paper.
Continue to layer until the lid can be closed with a small gap between your brownies and the lid. Make sure to add a parchment paper on top of the last layer of brownies. Now just place your container in the back of your freezer.
How To Freeze a Pan of Brownies
When it comes to freezing brownies, the best way to avoid freezer burn is by freezing an uncut pan of brownies.
By leaving them uncut you will reduce the chance for air to get in and cause the dreaded freezer burn. This means it is less likely that your brownies will dry out and get hard too!
The best way to freeze an entire pan of brownies is to bake your batch with a layer of parchment paper lining your baking pan.
When lining your baking pan be sure that the paper is beyond the top of your brownies as you will be grabbing the paper to remove them from the pan when it’s time to freeze.
Once your brownies are baked and cooled, grab the parchment paper and remove the brownies from the pan.
Wrap your uncut batch of brownies in plastic wrap. Be sure it is completely covered and then wrap it in parchment paper or tin foil.
Now just place your brownies in the back of the freezer until you are ready to serve them.
Note: Every time you open your freezer the temperature drops. This effects items placed near the front the most so it is best to keep your brownies in the back to avoid this temperature fluctuation as it can lead to freezer burn.
How to Freeze Frosted Brownies
While it is best to freeze brownies without the frosting added, you can freeze frosted brownies.
Frosted brownies should be frozen individually so start by slicing your brownies into desired sized pieces.
Next wrap each brownie in plastic wrap completely. Be careful not to crush your frosting while still wrapping them fairly tight.
Next place your brownies in a freezer safe container with a layer of parchment paper between each layer.
Now place them in the back of the freezer!
How Long Do Frozen Brownies Last?
Brownies can be safely stored in the freezer for up to three months. Always check for freezer burn before serving brownies that were stored in the freezer.
Check the complete guide for how long brownies last for more details.
How To Thaw Frozen Brownies
The best way to thaw frozen brownies is at room temperature. Simply place your brownies on your counter (not in direct sunlight) and allow them to thaw for a few hours before serving.
You should not thaw brownies in the refrigerator. This will actually dry out your brownies and diminish their flavor.
If you are in a hurry, you can defrost your brownies in the microwave but you do risk drying them out.
Place one brownie on a microwave safe dish and microwave on low for 10-15 second increments.
Check your brownies between each cycle until desired temperature is reached.
What are your thoughts on freezing brownies? Do you have any tips or questions that weren’t covered in this article? Leave a comment below!
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