Can You Freeze Brownies?

How could anyone not like brownies? They’re gooey, chocolatey and delicious. But perhaps you’ve got a little carried away over the weekend and ended up baking 32 brownies and there’s only two of you in the house.

So the question you ask is: Can you freeze brownies?

Brownies can be frozen for up to 4 months. You can either freeze a complete brownie slab in the tin it was baked in or you can freeze individual brownies in an airtight container.

Can You Refreeze Brownies? No

Do Brownies Freeze Well? Sometimes

How to Freeze Brownies

When freezing brownies, there are two approaches you can take. You can freeze one large slab of brownie in a tin or you can freeze each brownie individually:

How to Freeze Brownies in the Tin

Freezing your brownies in an uncut slab in the pan is actually the best approach to take when it comes to freezing brownies. The reason is that the fewer open edges there are, the lower the risk of freezer burn and oxidation.

By freezing it in the pan and uncut, there’s very little chance you’ll ruin your brownies:

  1. Bake
    Bake your brownies in the usual way making sure to use a tin lined with baking parchment (this recipe is delicious).
  2. Cool
    Once you’ve knocked together your brownies, allow them to completely cool in the tin.
  3. Wrap
    When the brownies are completely cooled, wrap the tray in one layer of cling film followed by a layer of foil. These layers will both protect the brownies from odours in the freezer and also reduce the risk of freezer burn.
  4. Freeze
    Now simply place the tray in the freezer. By keeping the brownie in the pan, you make it easy to stack with other frozen items.

How to Freeze Brownies Individually

Obviously, the main issue with freezing your brownies uncut is that you have to thaw the whole lot which still leaves you with a huge quantity of brownies to consume. That’s fine if you’re hosting a party.

But what happens if you just fancy treating yourself to a warm gooey brownie with a scoop of ice cream?

Well, the good news is that you can, in fact, freeze brownies individually. If you take plenty of care when doing so you’ll still be able to avoid any freezer burn:

  1. Bake
    As above, make your brownies using your favourite recipe. As the brownies begin to cool, cut them into portion-sized squares as you normally would. Allow your cut brownies to completely cool.
  2. Line a Container
    Take an airtight container and line the base with greaseproof paper.
  3. Layer in Brownies
    Place one layer of brownies in the container – you probably won’t fit them all in at this point. Place another layer of greaseproof paper on top of the first layer of brownies. Give it a little push into the brownie to ensure there is contact with the paper. Now create another layer of brownies.
  4. Repeat
    Keep going until you’ve used all your brownies and top the final layer with a piece of greaseproof paper.
  5. Freeze
    Place the container in the freezer with the lid firmly attached.

3 Tips for Freezing Brownies

Now you know how to freeze brownies in a couple of ways, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing them to have the best results:

Freeze Individually
When possible, freeze brownies individually so you can defrost as many or as few as you may need. This will stop you from wasting any or having to refreeze them which can ruin their texture.

Avoid Using Icing
Icing does not freeze well at all. If you want to ice your brownies then freeze them without icing and add the icing after they have defrosted.

Warm them Up
Brownies from the freezer will never be as chewy and gooey. To rectify them, a quick blast in the oven for 5 or 10 minutes can bring back a little of that gooiness.

How Long Can You Freeze Brownies?

If you can resist the urge to eat them all, then they will last for 3 to 4 months in the freezer. As always, make sure you go to the effort of labelling your brownies with the date that they need to be consumed.

You Can Freeze Brownies for up to 4 Months

How Do You Defrost Brownies?

Thawing brownies is fairly straightforward. If you’re thawing a whole slab of brownie then first you need to unwrap it of its later. Then place it on the worktop for 3 to 4 hours to allow it to thaw at room temperature.

Once thawed, use a bread knife to cut your brownie into portions.

If you’re thawing a single brownie then you just need to do the same thing. Unwrap it, place on a plate and allow to thaw for 2 to 3 hours at room temperature.

If you like your brownies warm, then you can of course place in the oven for 10 minutes or so to get it warm but give it some time to thaw beforehand.

Can You Refreeze Brownies?

Refreezing brownies is not something we would recommend. It will dry the brownies out making them crumbly and dry as opposed to gooey and fudgey. Instead, if you don’t think you’ll eat a whole tray, try freezing each brownie individually.

Do Brownies Freeze Well?

If you take preventative steps to avoid oxidation and freezer burn, and you also avoid freezing brownies with icing or cream cheese frosting, then frozen brownies will taste just as good as freshly baked ones.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing brownies or brownies in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Brownies with Icing?

We would actually discourage freezing brownies with icing and instead would recommend adding the icing after thawing them. The problem with icing, especially those made with cream cheese, is that when thawed they can go sloppy.

This will leave you with a wet feeling brownie – but not in a good way.

Can You Freeze Blondies?

Do you prefer your brownies with white chocolate? Then you’ll probably want to know whether or not you can freeze blondies. The good news is that you can use the exact same method for freezing brownies and blondies. Just follow the method on this page.

Can You Freeze Blondies

Can You Freeze Brownies with Frosting?

We would recommend freezing your brownies without any icing or frosting. Instead, thaw your plain brownies and decorate them afterwards.

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