How to Tell When Brownies Are Done: 7 Quick Ways (2024)

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1Check the brownies 1 minute before the recommended time.

2Insert a toothpick to see if just a few crumbs stick.

3Use your clean finger to tap the top of the brownies.

4See if the edges are pulling away from the pan.

5Check for cracks on the surface.

6Shake the pan to see if the brownies wobble in the middle.

7Check the internal temperature with a thermometer.

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Brownies are one of the tastiest things to make, but how do you know when they're done baking? You don't want to overcook the brownies or they'll dry out; if you undercook them, they might be too raw in the middle. Fortunately, there are several reliable ways to tell when brownies are done. Read through our list of things to look for and you'll be rewarded with perfectly cooked brownies!

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  • Look for sides that pull away, tap the top to feel if the brownies are firm, and look for a few cracks to tell if your brownies are done.
  • Insert a toothpick to see if the brownies are underdone, fudgy, or overbaked based on how many crumbs cling to the tester.
  • Stick a thermometer into the brownies to ensure that they've reached 165°F (74°C) and are safe to eat.

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Check the brownies 1 minute before the recommended time.

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  1. Start testing the brownies so they don't get a chance to overcook. Check the recipe for how long it recommends and then start testing your brownies 1 minute before the earliest time. This way you won't accidentally overbake your brownies, especially if your oven runs a little hot.[1]

    • For example, if your recipe says to bake the brownies for 30 to 35 minutes, start checking them after 29 minutes in the oven.
    • All types of brownies continue to set up after you take them out of the oven, so it's better to remove them a little early.
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Insert a toothpick to see if just a few crumbs stick.

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    The brownies are done if just a little batter clings to the toothpick. If the toothpick comes out completely wet and coated with batter, you know the brownies are underdone and need more time. If the toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it, the brownies are ready![2]

    • If you pulled the toothpick out and it looked clean or there weren't any crumbs sticking to it, the brownies are most likely overbaked.
    • Keep in mind that fudgy brownies will have more crumbs clinging to the toothpick compared to cakey brownies, especially if you added chocolate chunks or chips to the batter.

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Use your clean finger to tap the top of the brownies.

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    The brownies are done when they feel firm to the touch. You should be able to give a quick tap without any batter sticking to your finger. Cakey brownies might even spring back after you press on the center. If your finger sinks into the brownies when you tap, they're not ready yet! [3]

    • If you're making chewy brownies, the top might feel kind of crisp when they're done.
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See if the edges are pulling away from the pan.

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    If the brownies still look wet or aren't pulling away, they aren't done. Even fudgy brownies will pull from the edges once they've finished baking. You'll see that the edges look dry while the middle still looks soft or slightly wet. Chewy and cakey brownies will have dry edges with firmer-looking centers.[4]

    • The edges of chewy brownies might even look crispy—this is totally fine!

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Check for cracks on the surface.

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  1. Your recipe might tell you to pull the brownies out when you see cracks. As brownies cook, moisture evaporates, so a few cracks mean that the brownies are cooked, but still moist in the center. You can also check the sheen of the surface—cake brownies will look matte or dry instead of wet and shiny.[5]

    • Keep in mind that some fudgy or chewy brownies stay shiny even after they've finished baking.[6]
    • If you see a lot of cracks over the entire surface, you might have overcooked the brownies, especially if they're cakey.
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Shake the pan to see if the brownies wobble in the middle.

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    Fudgy brownies are done when they're still slightly jiggly in the center. Pop on a pair of oven mitts and hold both sides of the pan. Gently shake the pan back and forth a few times and look at the middle of the brownies—if you're cooking fudgy brownies, they should wobble or jiggle slightly. They'll finish cooking after you take them out of the oven.[7]

    • If you're cooking chewy or cakey brownies, you shouldn't see any movement in the middle of the pan. If you do, put the brownies back in the oven and recheck them in a few minutes.

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Check the internal temperature with a thermometer.

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  1. The brownies must reach at least 165°F (74°C). Insert an instant-read thermometer into the middle of the brownies. To kill harmful bacteria, the brownies need to reach at least 165°F (74°C). If you like your brownies super fudgy to the point where they ooze onto your plate, you can take them out once they hit 165°F (74°C). However, if you're making cakey brownies, cook them until they reach 210°F (99°C).[8]

    • If you prefer chewy brownies, take them out any point between 165 and 210°F (74 and 99°C).
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    Ross Canter is a Professional Baker and the Co-Founder of Cookie Good in Santa Monica, California. Originally a screenwriter, Ross decided to pursue his passion for baking and opened Cookie Good in 2007 with his wife, Melanie. Ross and Melanie opened their brick and mortar bakery in 2014. With over 15 years of experience, Ross specializes in creating high quality cookies with unique flavor options and helping people feel “cookie good” one cookie at a time.

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    Always cut the brownies when they are completely cool. If you want super clean edges, you can freeze them before cutting.

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      This article was co-authored by Ross Canter and by wikiHow staff writer, Jessica Gibson. Ross Canter is a Professional Baker and the Co-Founder of Cookie Good in Santa Monica, California. Originally a screenwriter, Ross decided to pursue his passion for baking and opened Cookie Good in 2007 with his wife, Melanie. Ross and Melanie opened their brick and mortar bakery in 2014. With over 15 years of experience, Ross specializes in creating high quality cookies with unique flavor options and helping people feel “cookie good” one cookie at a time. This article has been viewed 51,305 times.

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