How to Remove Brownies from Pan

When I first started baking, I would bake my brownies and start scooping out bites with a fork – right from the pan. When it came time to remove the rest of the batch, I took a spatula and went to town. Of course, my brownies looked like a crumbly mess by the end.

I thought, there has to be a better way (or should I say a batter way – get it?).

If you want to remove brownies from the pan without the mess or disaster, all you need to do is a bit of prep work. Greasing, flouring, and using a liner is the greatest way to achieve brownie removal greatness.

Hey! My name is Michelle, and I love brownies! Ooey-gooey delicious brownies are great whether it’s a weeknight treat or served with ice cream and toppings for a special occasion. Either way, removing them from the pan is an important step in brownie consumption.

Let’s bake and remove some brownies, chefs!

How to Remove Brownies from Pan

Ok, don’t panic. While there are multiple steps for removing brownies from the pan, they are not difficult. In fact, you can add these simple steps into your normal brownie baking routine without skipping a beat. Let’s take a closer look.

1. It Starts With the Right Pan

Have you ever tried baking brownies in different pans? I have. And each pan rendered different results. The glass pan had a lot of sticking, while the metal pan did swell. So what pan should you be using?

Non-stick and metal pans are your best option for baking brownies. They will produce less stickiness, thus making your brownies easier to remove. Don’t worry if you only have a glass pan, though. There is a way to reduce stickiness no matter what pan you’re using.

Keep reading.

2. Grease, Grease, Grease!

No, I’m not talking about the movie. (Unless you want to talk about the movie, then comment below!). No, instead, I am talking about thoroughly greasing your brownie baking pan. It doesn’t matter if it’s nonstick, metal, glass, or even a disposable foil brownie pan.

It is critical to grease your pan before any other steps. You can use a cooking spray, butter, shortening – anything you have on hand or prefer to use. 

Then, sprinkle the bottom of the pan with flour or cocoa powder. Both will serve to reduce stickiness and allow for better brownie removal. The bonus of using cocoa powder is that you will add to the delectable chocolate flavor of your baked treats.

Shake off excess flour or cocoa powder into the sink. There shouldn’t be so much that it impacts the texture, flavor, or anything else regarding your final product.

3. Line the Pan

I know what you’re thinking – I still have to line the pan? Yup, you do. Why? Because even with ample greasing, there is still room for sticking. Not only that but lining the pan will make it infinitely easier to simply pull your brownie block right out of the pan.

What kind of liner should you use? Well, parchment paper is always a baker’s fave. But you’re not limited to parchment paper. Aluminum foil can also work wonders.

Leave a bit of ‘extra’ liner, so you have something to grab onto and pull when your brownies are done baking.

Keep in mind, lining the pan isn’t exactly essential. If you don’t have any in your cabinet, don’t panic. Just make sure you grease a bit more. Know that it might be a bit more challenging to remove brownies.

4. Cook, Cool, and Remove

Now that you’re greased, lined, and filled, you can start baking. When the timer goes off, remove the brownies from the oven with your oven mitt. Let the brownies cool entirely before trying to remove them. I know I’m impatient with my baked goods, too, but it’ll be worth it!

When they’re cooled down, grip the liner and simply pull the brownies out from the pan. 

If you did not use a liner, then work a rubber spatula gently around the edges of your brownies. Then, simply flip the brownies upside-down onto a plate. If this doesn’t work, then warm the bottom of the pan for a few minutes on a low-heat stovetop. 

Doing this will allow the greaser, whether butter, shortening, or another agent, to moisten and allow the brownies to slide out with ease.


Removing brownies from a pan is a cinch when you have a properly greased pan and a good liner. Still have some prying questions about brownie removal? Keep reading to find out the answers.

What is the easiest way to remove brownies from a pan?

The easiest way to remove brownies from a pan is to grease the pan heavily and place a liner on top. Leave a few extra inches of the liner so you have something to grip onto for removing.

How long should brownies cool before removing from pan?

The longer, the better, but 30 minutes minimum. This works best for those using a liner. If you’re not using a liner and rely on grease alone, you might have to heat the pan once more to remove the brownies.

What to do if you forgot to spray the brownie pan?

While this is a big no-no, don’t worry. You can stick the brownie pan inside a larger bowl filled with hot water. Let the brownies sit for a few minutes and try to remove them.

Why are my brownies sticking to the pan?

You likely did not grease the entirety of the pan or use a liner. However, you may also have used the wrong type and size of pan for brownies. 

Final Thoughts

Brownies may have notoriously stuck to the pan in the past, but now you know how to combat this sticky situation and remove brownies from the pan with ease. Just make sure you grease heavily and line the right size and type of baking pan for the best results.

How do you remove your brownies from the pan?

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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  • Advika

    I am 9 years old and I think my brownie has sticked to the paper I can’t remove it please help

    • Angie

      Hi Advika,

      What kind of paper was your brownie stuck to? Sorry I wasn’t able to help in time 🙁 I hope you managed to remove your brownie in the end!