Simple Methods for How to Reheat Brownies to Perfection

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Craving the gooey goodness of freshly baked, brownies but stuck with cold brownies from yesterday? The good news is, we’re sharing the different ways for how to reheat brownies, ensuring they transform from chilly leftovers to irresistibly warm brownies!

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Brownie square on a small white plate.

What are Brownies?

This chocolatey, delightful treat originated in the United States. Regular brownies are typically flat, square-shaped, and baked in metal or glass pans. Brownies are known for their rich, chocolate flavor and dense, fudgy or cake-like texture, depending on the recipe and personal preference.

The basic ingredients for making brownies often include flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil, and cocoa powder or melted chocolate. Additional ingredients such as nuts, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, or other flavorings can be added to enhance the overall taste and texture.

Different types of brownies will vary in sweetness, richness, and texture based on the specific recipe and/or baking method used. They can be enjoyed plain or topped with cream cheese frosting, peanut butter frosting, powdered sugar, or other garnishes. Served at a variety of events, brownies are loved by many for their rich chocolate flavor and ability to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Cutting brownies with a sharp knife.

How to Reheat Brownies

Knowing how to reheat brownies properly can help you restore their warm, gooey texture and amplify their flavors. Here are some of the best methods for achieving a perfectly warm brownie:

Oven Method

  • Preheat your oven to around 250°F (120°C).
  • Place brownie pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Heat them in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until they reach your desired warmth. Be careful not to overheat to prevent them from drying out.

The oven method is a good option for reheating batches of brownies.

Microwave Method

  • Place a single brownie or a small batch of brownies on a microwave-safe plate. Proceed with placing a damp paper towel over the brownie.
  • Microwave on high for 10-15-second intervals. Keep an eye on them to avoid overheating.
  • If they’re not warm enough after the initial time, continue microwaving in 5-second intervals until they’re warmed to your liking.
How to reheat brownies in a microwave.

The drawback to reheating cooked brownies in the microwave is there may be some uneven heating but this is the best option if you’re short on time. 

Stovetop Method

  • Preheat a non-stick pan over medium-low heat.
  • Place the brownie in the middle of the pan and warm it for 1-2 minutes on each side. This method can give your brownies a slightly crispy exterior while keeping the inside moist.

Avoid this method if you’re not ok with the fact that it may result in an uneven texture.

Steam Method

  • Pour a small amount of water into a pot and bring it to a simmer.
  • Place brownies in a heatproof dish or on a plate, then cover them loosely with aluminum foil.
  • Set the dish or plate over the simmering water, allowing the steam to gently warm the brownies for a few minutes.

The total heating time will vary with this method. 

Toaster Oven Method

  • If you have a toaster oven, place the brownies on a small cookie sheet or directly on the wire rack.
  • Heat them at a low temperature (around 250°F or 120°C) for 5-7 minutes. Check periodically to ensure they don’t overcook.
How to reheat brownies in a toaster oven.

Air Fryer Method

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  • Place whole brownie on the air fryer basket. (For multiple brownies, make sure they don’t touch.)
  • Heat for 1 minute. Check the brownie after 1 minute and continue heating in 15-20-second intervals until warm and slightly softened in the center. The exact time may vary if reheating multiple slices.

Be careful not to overcook, as brownies can quickly dry out and lose their moist texture. 

Toaster Method

  • To reheat brownies with a toaster, you’ll want to first make sure that your built-in heat rack is securely attached to the top of the toaster.
  • Place bottom of the brownie on top of the rack.
  • Adjust the toaster to a high setting and warm brownie to your desired temperature.

Ultimately, you’ll want to select the best method based on your personal preference and the amount of time you have. Note that these methods can be applied to homemade brownies or ones made from a box of brownie mix. 

How to Store Brownies

The best way to store leftover brownies:

  1. Cool Completely: Allow brownies to cool to room temperature before storing them. This helps maintain their texture and prevents condensation.
  2. Cut and Arrange: Cut and remove them from the whole pan. If the brownies are in a larger piece, cut them into individual pieces. Arrange them in a single layer in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. If you don’t have a suitable container, you can use a sealable plastic bag, squeezing out as much air as possible before sealing.
  3. Layering: If storing multiple layers of brownies, place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to prevent sticking and maintain freshness.
  4. Room Temperature: Store the container of brownies at room temperature in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. They can be stored this way for up to 3-4 days.
Stack of airtight containers.

Can You Freeze Brownies?

Yes! Freezing your brownies is a great option for extending their shelf life, minimizing food waste and having a quick dessert on hand the next time you’re craving an amazing brownie!

For best results, follow these simple steps:

  1. You’ll want to cut your cool brownies into desired serving size. Proceed to wrap each piece with plastic wrap. Make sure that they are well-sealed to prevent freezer burn and maintain freshness. 
  2. Once wrapped, place the pieces in an airtight freezer bag or container. Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing to further minimize the risk of freezer burn. 
  3. Label the freezer bags or plastic containers with the date and contents. 
  4. Place the wrapped and sealed brownie portions in the freezer, on a flat surface to maintain their shape. Your delicious brownies can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months!
  5. When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen brownies, remove from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Once thawed, you can enjoy them as they are or warm them up with any of the methods we’ve shared for how to reheat brownies.
Brown sugar brownies edit.

Top Tip for Keeping Brownies Moist

Using the bread slice method is a simple and effective way to help keep your fudgy brownies moist. Here’s how you can use this method:

  • Place Brownies in Container: Place room temperature brownies in an airtight container. 
  • Add Bread Slice: Take a fresh slice of bread and place it on top of the brownies in the container that you’re storing them in. The bread slice acts as a moisture retainer, helping to keep the brownies soft and moist.
  • Seal Container: Close the airtight container tightly, ensuring that it is properly sealed. This creates a controlled environment where the bread slice can release moisture, which is then absorbed by the brownies.
  • Check and Replace: Periodically check the bread slice to see if it has become hard or stale. As the bread slice loses its moisture, replace it with a fresh slice to continue maintaining the moisture level within the container.
  • Store Properly: Keep the container at room temperature to allow the bread slice to effectively add extra moisture. Avoid placing the moist brownies in the refrigerator, as this can alter their texture and make them too firm.

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