What to do with Leftover Brownies

Ever find yourself with leftover brownies and not know what to do with them? Yea didn’t think so. My brownies are usually gone within a day. I do, however, tend to have leftover brownie edges that I’ve had to trim off. On those rare occasions that they don’t get eaten, I’ve gotten creative with different ways to use them up.

I’m Angie, I’m a self-taught baker who’s been baking for over 10 years. I’ve baked brownies all my life and they’re always a crowd favorite! In this article, I’m going to share with you some ways to get rid of leftover brownies that do not include WASTING them. 

There are many things you can do with leftover brownies, like making decadent brownie truffles, frying them, blending them to make a milkshake. I’ll show you exactly how to do that and more!

Let’s get this brownie started 😉

1. Ice Cream Topping

Don’t know where to put your brownies? Here’s a good and completely effortless start.

Simply cut your brownies into chunks and place them on your ice cream. As your ice cream starts to melt, all that vanilla-y, milky goodness will drench the brownie pieces and they’ll soak it right up. No further explanation necessary.

2. Brownie Milkshakes

Brownies are a great way to jazz up a regular milkshake especially for the chocolate lovers out there. It’s easy too. You’ll need some chocolate or vanilla ice cream, some milk, your brownies, and a blender.

Load up your blender with all the ingredients above and blend away. The result is an epic brownie milkshake that is guaranteed to blow your mind. You can top your milkshake with even more brownie chunks. For exact measurements, check out this recipe by Queenslee Appetit. 

3. Brownie Truffles

I know you’ve seen cake truffles around but ever thought about bringing it up a notch by using brownies instead? 

Brownie truffles are easy to make and a decadent treat. Prepare some cream cheese, you’ll use it to bind your brownie truffles together. Mix it by hand until your brownies are evenly crumbled and coated in cream cheese. 

Start rolling your brownies into balls, pressing slightly until firm. To secure everything in place, let your brownies chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Once you remove them from the fridge, you can dip your brownie truffles into melted chocolate or candy melts.

For more detailed instructions, check out Jaimelyn’s Brownie Truffle Recipe.

4. Brownie Pops

Now that you know how to make brownie truffles, brownie pops should be insanely easy. There’s only really one extra step and that is to poke a lollipop stick into your brownie truffle. 

You can make your brownie pops one at a time, dipping about 1/2 inch of the tip of the lollipop stick into melted chocolate before inserting the stick into brownie balls. This will help secure the lollipop to the stick. 

Once you’re done, let it set pop side down on a piece of nonstick paper, you can also speed up the process by placing it in the fridge. 

5. Deep Fried Brownie Bites

Have you noticed that deep frying makes literally everything better? No? Is it just me?

To make deep-fried brownie bites, mix your brownie crumbs with some cream cheese to bind them together and for extra moisture. You can also add in some chocolate chips for that melt-in-your-mouth sensation. 

Roll your brownie bites into little bite-sized dough balls. Freeze so that they are firm. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and an egg to make a batter to coat your brownie bites with. This will give your brownie bites a crispy golden shell once fried.

For exact measurements, check out this recipe by the Cookie Rookie. 

6. Brownie Bread Pudding

Bread pudding? Amazing. Brownie bread pudding? Even better! 

Don’t be fooled by the name. For this recipe, you don’t need bread at all. But you will need a LOT of eggs. Combine the eggs with sugar, milk, and vanilla to make a custard, and soak your brownies in the custard for 30 minutes.

Transfer the soggy mixture into a casserole dish and bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees. The pudding should still be jiggly in the center. 

For more details, check this recipe by Bigger Bolder Baking. 

7. Brownie Trifle

A brownie trifle is not that different from a regular trifle. The only difference is you’ll replace your sponge cake with leftover brownies. chocolate pairs perfectly with berries. You are encouraged to make a chocolate trifle with your leftover brownies too.

The best part – the custard filling, cream, and juices of berries will soak through and make your brownies explode in flavor.

8. Leftover Brownie Cheesecake

Don’t confuse this with a brownie cheesecake, though I must say it is just as good in my opinion. The brownies in this cheesecake are in chunks and not swirled together with cheesecake batter. 

Follow your go-to cheesecake recipe but instead of baking it straight, crush your brownies into crumbs as big or as small as you want and mix them flirtatiously into the batter.

Here’s a recipe that’ll show you exactly how to make a leftover brownie cheesecake from scratch. 

9. Freeze for Later

I mean, there’s always this option?

If you don’t know what to do with your leftover brownies right now, wrap them up and place them in the freezer until you do. You never know when the cravings will hit and I promise you, having brownies in the freezer will make you feel like a genius when it does. 

You can freeze the whole slab of brownies or in slices for *ahem* convenience. I’ve written all about it in this article. Check it out.  

FAQs

Here are some commonly asked questions related to the topic. I’ve answered them below.

What can I do with overcooked brownies?

If you’ve overcooked your brownies and it has reached an undesirable texture, your best bet is to use it in other desserts. Serving it with something that can moisten your brownie will give your brownies a fudgier texture. 

Check this article on how to tell if brownies are done before your next attempt so that you’ll never end up with overcooked brownies again.  

Can you freeze brownies?

You can totally freeze brownies. Brownies freeze and thaw well and can stay fresh in the freezer for up to three months. 

How do you revive a stale brownie?

Warming up your brownie can revive it from staleness. You can do so in the microwave or in an oven. Check this article for more on how to soften hard brownies

Can you re-bake undercooked brownies the next day?

You can resume baking your undercooked brownies the next day. How long you leave them in the oven depends on the state of your brownies. If you know your brownies were baked a few minutes short, simply pop them in the oven for that amount of time. 

Final Thoughts

Dumping brownies in the trash should be a crime. Now that you’ve seen all these amazing things you can do with leftover brownies, promise me — never throw away brownies ever again.

How do you use up leftover brownies? Anything more creative than what I’ve mentioned above? I’m sure we’d all love to know. Please share your secrets in the comments below. We’ll keep it between us 😛

About Angie
I am a self-taught baker. I’ve been baking for over 10 years and started my own home baking business as a side hustle. I was born in Hong Kong and spent a pretty big chunk of my life in Canada. If you’re ever looking for me, I am probably there whisking vigorously away in the kitchen.

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