How to Tell When Brownies Are Done


How to Tell When Brownies Are Done

There are several different ways you can know how to tell when brownies are done baking. Knowing when your brownies are baked to perfection is important for any kind of brownies, and there are a few easy methods you can use that will work every time! 

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How can you tell if Brownies are Undercooked

Being able to determine when your brownies are perfectly cooked is very important when making your tasty dessert. You’ll want to find that perfect spot where they are fully cooked, but not dried out.

Baking your brownies to that sweet spot can sometimes be difficult. Below we will look at the many factors that come into play, and help you know when your brownies are done perfectly. 

Are my brownies gooey or undercooked?

Determining if your brownies are gooey or undercooked is very important. You’ll want to be careful that you don’t eat undercooked brownies as you can run the risk of making yourself sick. But you also don’t want dry brownies either. 

Did you know that there are actually three to four different types of brownies? Surprisingly there are! Knowing what type of brownies you are making will be helpful in determining when your brownies are baked perfectly. Let’s look at the different kinds of brownies and how you can tell if they are done. 

Let’s Talk About The 3 Types Of Brownies

Cake-like Brownies

Cake-like brownies are brownies that have an appearance similar to cake. These brownies tend to be lighter and fluffier in their texture. Cakey brownies are made with more flour and leavening which is what makes them have a cake-like texture. 

Appearance. To tell if cake-like brownies are done baking, you can examine their appearance. If you see them begin to pull away from the edges of their pan, this is a sign they are done. You can also tap the center top of the cake-like brownies with your finger. If they spring back, this is another sign that they are done. 

Toothpick Test. Of course, there is the standby test of checking your brownie’s doneness with a toothpick. Insert the toothpick in the center of your brownies, and then look at it when it comes out. If your toothpick comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs on it, your brownies are finished baking. However, if your toothpick has raw batter on it, they need to keep baking. 

Internal Temp. Another sure way of checking to see if your brownies are done is to use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of your dessert. Cake-like brownies should bake until they reach an internal temperature of 210°F. 

Chewy Brownie

Chewy brownies are those delightful brownies that are made with a chewier texture. To get this texture, they are usually made with a combination of vegetable oil and butter which allows their unique fat content to make them chewier by nature. Because they are chewier by nature, it can be difficult to tell when they are done baking. 

Toothpick Test. To tell when chewy brownies are finished baking you can use a toothpick, both in the center of your brownie pan and around the edge. You are looking for your toothpick to come out clean from around the edges of your pan while at the same time, your toothpick should have a few moist crumbs in the center. 

Internal Temp. You can also use an instant-read thermometer to determine the internal temperature of your chewy brownies. You’ll want the temperature to be between 165°F and 210°F for chewy brownies. 

Fudgy Brownies

Fudgy brownies are just like they sound. They often resemble fudge, in that they are usually moist, very dense, and have a gooey texture. Fudgy brownies are typically made with less flour. Determining when fudgy brownies are done can be difficult because of their fudge texture. 

Toothpick Test. You can use a toothpick inserted in your fudgy brownies to determine if they are finished baking or not. When your toothpick comes out with brown crumbles on it, your brownies are most likely done. 

Internal Temp. You can also use an instant-read thermometer to determine the internal temperature of your brownies. This can help you if you are unsure about your brownies. For fudgy brownies you ideally want an internal temperature between 180°F and 190°F, but at the very least 165°F. 

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Are my brownies fudgy or undercooked? 

Knowing if your brownies are fudgy or if they are undercooked can be difficult. Your brownies should still be solid if they are fudgy. If your brownies are undercooked they will be extremely runny and gooey. You should continue baking your brownies if they are undercooked. 

Should Fudge Brownies be gooey?

Fudgy brownies may be slightly gooey; however, they should not be soupy or excessively runny. If you are unsure, try taking the internal temperature to see if they are done baking or not. 

Extremely Fudgy Brownies

There are fudgy brownies and then there are extremely fudgy brownies. You can use the same steps to determine if your extremely fudgy brownies are finished baking as with your fudgy brownies. Keep in mind, that extremely fudgy brownies will pretty much always allow a toothpick to come out with brownie crumbs on them. 

Be Mindful of Chocolate Chips

No matter what kind of brownies you are making, be mindful of chocolate chips in your brownies. If you hit a chocolate chip with your toothpick, it may throw off your result. 

Should Brownies Be Wet In The Middle

Some types of brownies may be moist and gooey in the middle, but they should never be wet or soupy. If your brownies are wet in the center, first check the internal temperature. Then continue baking until the center of your brownies are baked in the middle. 

So, How To Tell When Brownies Are Done?

No matter what kinds of brownies you are making there are several basic ways you can test to see if your brownies are done. Below are the best ways to determine if your brownies have finished baking or if they are undercooked. 

1. Visuals

First, look at the appearance of your brownies. With some kinds of brownies, you will begin to see crusts or cracks begin to form. You may also see the brownies begin to pull away from the edge of your baking pan. 

2. Time

The amount of time your brownies have baked may also help you determine if your brownies are done or not. Assuming your oven is a basic one, you should be able to follow the recipe instructions for the best baking time. 

3. The Toothpick Test

One of the tried and true ways to tell if baked goods are done or not is to use a toothpick in the center. In general, a toothpick stuck into the middle of your brownies should come out clean, or with some crumbs stuck to it if your brownies are done. If your toothpick has brownie batter on it, then your brownies need to bake longer.  

How do you know when brownies are done with toothpick?

Stick your toothpick into the middle of your brownie pan. If your toothpick comes out with moist crumbs or is clean, then your brownies are done. However, if your toothpick has batter stuck to it, your brownies need to bake longer. 

4. Check Its Temperature

Finally, perhaps the best way to tell if your brownies are done is to use an instant-read thermometer. This will help you know if your brownies are fully baked or if they are still raw in the center. 

The Most Accurate Tip: Use Food Thermometer

To use an instant-read thermometer, insert your gauge into the middle of your brownies. Make sure it goes down far enough to get an accurate read. 

Your internal temperature must be at least 165°F but should be within the range listed below for your specific kinds of brownies. 

Cake like: 210℉ (99℃)

Chewy: between 165 and 210°F

Fudgy: Between 180℉ (82℃)190 to 190℉ (88℃)

Keep Baking

If your brownies do not pass the above test to know if your brownies are done, then you should keep baking them so that you do not risk eating undercooked brownies. 

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Are Undercooked Brownies Safe To Eat?

No, undercooked brownies are not safe to eat and could make you very sick. Most brownie recipes contain eggs, and eating raw eggs is very bad. This is why their internal temperature needs to be at least 165°F in order for your brownies to be finished baking. 

Avoid Underbaked (and Overbaked!) Brownies

Underbaked and overbaked brownies are not fun, no matter what. The best brownies are when you get them perfectly baked. A few simple steps to follow to help you get your brownies done just right include the following. 

1. Follow the Recipe

Following the recipe is very important no matter what you are baking. Be sure that you bake your brownies according to the given instructions. 

2. Rotate Your Pan

While your brownies are baking it is a very good idea to rotate your pan part way through the baking time. This will allow your brownies to bake evenly because most ovens have one spot that is warmer than another part. 

3. Look for the Crack

Finally, you can look for the crack in your brownies to determine if they are close to done baking. Most kinds of brownies will have a crack form when they are almost done. 

Are brownies meant to be gooey in the middle?

Most brownies are meant to be moist in the center, not gooey. Moist brownies are soft and delicious, while gooey or soupy brownies may still be raw in the middle. 

How do you know a brownie is cooked?

The best way to know if your brownies are fully baked is to check the internal temperature of your brownies. This is a good way, and this way is accurate each time. 

Top 5 Ways To Tell If Brownies Are Done Baking

1. The Visual Method 

Check the appearance of your brownies to see if they have started to crack, are pulling away from the pan, and are set in the center. 

2. The Tapping Method 

Gently tap the top of your brownies to see if they spring back into shape in the center. 

3. The Toothpick Method

Stick a toothpick into the middle of your brownies. If it comes out with brownie batter stuck to it you need to keep baking the brownies. However, if your toothpick has moist brownie crumbs, or is clean then your brownies are done. 

4. The Internal Temperature Method 

Use an instant read thermomotor to check the internal temperature. 

5. Follow The Recipe

Follow the recipe for your baking time and temperature to get the best results for your brownies. 

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How To Fix Undercooked Brownies

Use Other Ingredients

One of the risks of trying to correct undercooked brownies is that they could dry out and become over baked. If your brownies are slightly overdone, don’t fret.

You can fix this by serving your brownies with other things, such as topping them with ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. Doing this will help to moisten them once more masking the once overdone brownies. 

Use a Microwave

Believe it or not, you can place your undercooked brownies into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time to finish cooking a brownie slice. This is a quick and easy fix for undercooked brownies. 

Use a Refrigerator

After your brownies have been fixed, you can cover them and place them in the refrigerator to allow them to chill and set. This will help them become easier to cut and help them not be gooey. Please note that this should be done only after your brownies have been baked so that they are safe to eat. 

Tips & Tricks for Making the Best Brownies

There are several tips and tricks that you can easily follow, which will help you to make the best brownies. 

Use room temperature ingredients. Before you begin making your brownies, allow your ingredients to sit at room temperature which allows them to warm up. 

Rest the batter. Before baking your brownie batter, it is a good idea to allow it a few minutes of resting time. 

Don’t bake two pans at once. If you are making a lot of brownies, it is a good idea to bake one pan at a time. This will allow your brownies to bake much more even. 

How To Know When Brownies Are Done

Know Your Oven. A good way to make the best brownies is to know your oven. For example, knowing the hot spots in your oven will enable you to know which areas to avoid so that your brownies cook evenly. 

It is also good to know if your cooking time may vary from what is instructed on the recipe. For example, if you have a double oven, your smaller one will take less time to bake compared to a normal sized oven. 

Check Early. It is also a very good idea to set your timer for a few minutes less than the recommended baking time and check on your brownies early on so that you can catch your brownies when they are perfectly done. 

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Common Mistakes

#1. Overmixing

Overmixing your brownies is a common mistake that is made. What happens if you overmix brownies is that you add extra air into your batter making the brownies more cake like. Be careful to only mix your brownies until they are combined, then stop mixing. 

#2. Using any recipe

Be sure to use a good recipe for amazing brownies. 

#3. Using cold eggs, directly from the fridge

Eggs added to your brownies are best when they are at room temperature, rather than directly from the fridge. 

#4. Not waiting for them to cool down completely

It is a really good idea to allow your brownies to cool completely before you cut and serve them. This will make them look and taste the best. 

What do you do when brownies won’t cook in the middle?

A great way to help your brownies cook in the center without burning the edges is to cover them with aluminum foil and continue baking until they are done. 

What do I do if my brownies are too gooey?

The best thing to do if your brownies are too gooey is to continue baking them until they reach your desired doneness. 

Can I put undercooked brownies back into the oven?

Yes, putting undercooked brownies back into the oven is a great way to continue baking your brownies and avoid ending up with a raw dessert. You may also want to cover your brownies with aluminum foil to prevent the edges and top from burning if they look done, but the center is still raw. 

Can I put undercooked brownies into the microwave?

Yes, you can microwave brownies to help finish cooking them. To do this, you will want to place your brownies on a microwave safe plate and cook for a minute before checking on it. Continue cooking for 30 second intervals until your brownie is done. 

Put the undercooked brownie in the fridge or freezer

You may also put the undercooked brownie in the fridge or freezer as long as you intend to finish cooking it before you serve the dessert. Doing this allows you to serve a fresh dessert at a later time. 

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What do I do if my brownies are too gooey

The best thing to do if your brownies are too gooey is to continue baking them until they are done. To continue baking them you can place them back into the oven, or microwave them individually. 

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How to Bake Brownies to the Perfect Temperature

The best way to bake brownies to the perfect temperature is to preheat your oven according to your recipe. Then bake your brownies tor the specified time your recipe says.

Check on them a few minutes before they should be done. You can use a toothpick or instant read thermometer to see if the center is fully baked or still raw. Continue baking until your brownies are done. 

Delicious Perfectly Baked Brownies

For the most delicious perfectly baked brownies, you will want to keep a close eye on your brownies as they near the end of the baking time. Then be sure to have toothpicks and an instant read thermometer ready to go. When your brownies are fully baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool before serving. 

How long should I bake my brownies

For best results, you will want to bake your brownies according to your recipe instructions. Typically a normal 9×13 pan of brownies will take between 30 minutes and 45 minutes to fully bake depending on your oven. 

Should I refrigerate brownies

While most sources will say that brownies should not be refrigerated, we believe it is a matter of personal preference. Before you refrigerate brownies, they should be stored in an airtight container, and you should know that it may cause your brownies to dry out slightly. However, placing brownies in the fridge will not cause any health concerns. 

What makes a brownie chewy

Chewy brownies are usually made with a combination of butter and oil. This fat combination is what helps to make some brownies delightfully chewy in texture. 


Room Temp. The best way to store brownies for short term enjoyment is at room temperature. You will want to allow your baked brownies to cool to room temperature before serving. 

Fridge. While most believe that brownies should not be refridgerated because it can make them dry out and hard, it is okay to store your brownies in the fridge inside of an air tight container for a few days if desired. 

Freezer. Brownies may also be frozen for up to two to three months if desired. To freeze first allow them to cool to room temperature. Then wrap each one securely in plastic, place in a freezer bag, or freeze in an air tight container. 

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How to tell if brownies are overcooked?

Your brownies may appear burnt or crusty around the edges if they are overcooked. 

Should You Rely On Baking Time?

Baking time is a good indicator, however you will also want to check the center of your brownies to determine if they are fully baked or not. 

Do brownies harden as they cool?

Some brownie recipes do harden as they cool off. 

What happens if you overcook brownies?

If you overcook brownies, they are likely to become very hard, crusty, and burnt. 

How long should I wait for brownies to cool?

The amount of time it takes for brownies to cool may vary. A good rule of thumb is to let them sit for 15-20 minutes then check on them and see if they are hot to the touch or if they are cool. 

Do you cover brownies with foil when baking?

Although not required for most brownie recipes, you can cover them with foil while baking if desired. This is an especially good trick to use if you are afraid of a gooey center, but burnt edges. 

Do you cut brownies hot or cold?

The best way to cut brownies is after they have cooled to room temperature. 

Can you eat undercooked brownies?

It is best to not eat undercooked brownies. Brownies below an internal temp of 165 degrees run the risk of giving you food poising. 

Can undercooked brownies make you sick?

Yes, undercooked brownies can make you very sick. 

Can you put brownies back in the oven if undercooked?

Yes, undercooked brownies can be placed back into the oven and baked some more. 

Is The Type Of Dish You Use Important?

The best kinds of baking dishes to use for brownies is a glass baking dish, or a metal cake pan. 

Why my brownies sink in the middle?

If your brownies sink in the middle it could be a sign that they are underbaked. 

Can you bake two batches of brownies at once?

It is best to bake brownies one pan at a time. This way your brownies cook much more evenly than if you try to bake two pans at a time. 

Are they done yet?

The ultimate question when baking brownies is if they are done or not. There are many different ways you can tell if your brownies are done, or if they need to bake longer. The two best ways to tell is to use a toothpick in the center of your brownies, or check the internal temperature of your brownies. 

How to Tell if Brownies are Done

When making brownies of any kind it is important to know how to tell if brownies are done. There are many ways that you can tell if they are finished baking, or if they should go longer. Once your brownies are cooked to perfection, it’s time to enjoy the amazing chocolatey dessert! 

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