In the highly unlikely event that you baked a tray of brownies so big that it can’t be finished, you’ve got to find a way to keep them. What’s the best way to maximize your brownies’ freshness for the longest amount of time?
You guessed it – Freeze them!
Brownies can be frozen successfully for up to three months. They thaw perfectly fine and can be reheated for a fresh-out-the-oven texture.
I’m Angie, I’m a self-taught baker with a baking side hustle. I’ve been baking for over ten years and brownies are no doubt one of my specialties. I don’t have to freeze them very often because, obviously, they are gone almost as soon as they leave the oven.
But when I do freeze them, I do it right. In this article, I will share with you my tips on how to freeze brownies and answer all the questions you might have about them.
Let’s go freeze some brownies!
How Long Do Brownies Last?
Freshly baked brownies last between three to four days at room temperature. In the fridge, they can stay fresh for up to a week if stored properly in an airtight container. Stored in the freezer and you can drastically lengthen the shelf life of your brownies to up to three months.
Can You Freeze Brownies?
If you haven’t gotten the memo already – Yes! Brownies can most definitely be frozen. In fact, that’s the best way you can keep them for an extended period.
How to Freeze Brownies
Here are two ways you can freeze brownies.
1. The Full Tray
Brownies’ out, cooled, knife’s ready. Hold on, before you cut your tray of brownies, are they for a special occasion on a later date? Because if so, you might want to freeze the whole slab.
Not only is it easier and more efficient to freeze the entire slab of brownie, doing so can help the brownie retain moisture better and prevent freezer burns. You’ve got the hard, crunchy outside layer to protect your brownie with less surface exposed to air.
To freeze a full tray of brownies, let the uncut slab cool down completely. Wrap your brownie in plastic wrap. Be generous with your plastic wrap as you want to cover every corner, this is not the time to be stingy.
For extra protection from freezer burn and oxidation, wrap another layer of aluminum foil over your plastic wrap-covered brownies. Once you’re ready to serve your brownie, you can simply remove the wrapping, thaw, or reheat your brownie in the oven.
Note that with this method, you’ll have to reheat the whole slab of brownie before you’re able to cut into it. Brownies contain a lot of chocolate and butter which will harden it and make it difficult to cut through frozen.
While freezing the entire slab is an efficient way to freeze the brownies, freezing them individually might be more efficient when it comes to defrosting them.
You might want to quickly grab a slice for a friend or to snack on at work without having to wait for a whole slab of brownie to thaw.
Once you’ve cut up your brownies into square slices, wrap them individually in plastic wrap. An optional step here is to wrap them in foil. After that, you can place your individual brownie pieces in an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag and put them in the freezer.
Freezing your brownies this way gives you easy access to each individual piece. Once you’re ready to eat them, simply thaw them at room temperature or reheat them on a tray. It shouldn’t take long.
Can You Freeze Brownies with Toppings
If you are worried that your frosted, peanut butter swirled, or rocky road brownies can’t be frozen, don’t be. It’s almost just as simple.
Peanut butter or cheesecake swirled brownies can be frozen just like regular brownies. The swirled design lays flat on the brownies and by the time they come out of the oven, they should be completely smudge-free.
If your brownies are topped with marshmallows, nuts, pretzels, whatever else one puts on brownies, simply wrap your brownies carefully trying not to crush its toppings.
After that, you can rest assured that your brownies will be just as good once they’re reheated or thawed because most of the ingredients you add to your brownies won’t change in texture in the freezer.
For buttercream or ganache frosted brownies, you want to avoid wrapping them right away because that can mess up the beautiful designs. Instead, chill your brownies in the fridge so that the frosting can harden.
After that, wrap your brownies in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe ziplock bag, freeze away. Thaw your brownies overnight in the fridge for best results.
Here I’ll answer some other commonly asked questions about freezing brownies you might still be wondering about.
Do frozen brownies taste good?
This really is based on personal preference. Some people do enjoy eating frozen brownies. It has a very different texture from the chewy fudgy texture most are used to, but it is interesting!
Do brownies mail well?
Brownies are one of the easiest to mail baked treats due to their flat shape. They are best packaged in an aluminum pan, placed in a cardboard postal box with bubble wrap filling the spaces to prevent any slip and slide.
How to defrost brownies?
To bring your frozen brownies back to life, you must defrost them or reheat them. To defrost your brownies, let your brownies thaw overnight in the refrigerator. And to heat them up, place them on your baking tray into a preheated oven and bake them at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. You can also Place your brownie in the microwave and heat it up in 20-30 seconds intervals.
There you have it, the answer to your question, and a quick guide on how to freeze your brownies. Freezing brownies are truly the best way to keep these fudgy goodies fresh and preserve them for later.
Do you freeze your brownies? Better yet do you enjoy eating frozen brownies? Let us know how you freeze your brownie leftovers in the comments below.About Angie