How To Cut Brownies and a Brownie Roundup

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My daughter recently saw me cutting brownies and said I should do a post and share with everyone how I cut brownies. So today I’m sharing my best tips on How To Cut Brownies.

Sometimes you have a brownie craving and you don’t care what the brownies look like after they’re cut. You just want a brownie now. Then there’s other times, when you’re taking brownies to a party or sharing them with the neighbors, and you want them to look like perfect little squares. These tips are for those times you want perfect little squares. 

Use parchment paper to easily remove the brownies from the pan.

My first tip is to use a pan with straight sides and square edges. I like baking in my Pyrex pans when I’m making a casserole, but when I want to make pretty brownies for the blog or a party, I use this USA 9 x 13 baking pan.

My second tip is to line the pan with parchment paper. It’s more difficult to cut brownies in the pan, so lining the pan with parchment paper allows you to easily lift the brownies out of the pan and cut them on a cutting board.

If you don’t have parchment paper, you can line the pan with tin foil.

Collage of using a ruler to cut straight rows.

Next, pull out a ruler. I make a little notch along the edge of the brownies on both sides every 2 inches.  If you want perfect squares put the ruler in the middle and make your first notch at 6 inches.

Use a long serrated knife and match up the notches on both sides. Then use one long cut to cut each row. I like this bread knife, or I’ll also use my watermelon knife. Clean off the knife with hot water after every cut.

Since you’re using a 9 x 13 pan, you’ll have larger pieces on the end rows, and you can cut excess off the ends so the end row is 2 inches as well. You’ll end up with  6 rows, 2 inch wide,

Trim the edges of the brownies.

Once you have your 2 inch wide rows, you’ll cut the rows into 2 inch squares. Even with my long knives, they aren’t long enough to cut six rows, so I cut the squares three rows at a time.

Again, if you want perfect squares, you’ll want to start in the middle and trim the excess off the ends.

Cut brownies into 2 inch squares.

It’s important to remember that your brownies need to be cooled completely before cutting. Sometimes, if it’s a particularly gooey brownie, I will put the brownies in the freezer for a little while so the brownies hold together better when cutting.

It does take a little bit longer to cut the brownies this way, but the end result is so much better than if I just try to wing it. I hope you’ll give it a try.


Now that I’ve share my tips on How To Cut Brownies, here’s a brownie recipe roundup to get you inspired to start baking.

These rich, fudgy Shortcut Turtle Brownies start with a brownie mix, then you load them up with chopped caramel filled chocolate candies and crunchy pecans inside and on top.

Shortcut Turtle Brownies

These King Arthur Flour Fudge Brownies are the best brownies I have ever made. A perfect balance of fudgy with just a touch of cakey.

King Arthur Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

a batch of peppermint candy cane brownies

Candy Cane Brownies

fudgy chocolate brownies topped with Halloween themed sprinkles and chocolate chips

Halloween Pumpkin Brownies

More Brownie Recipes You Might Like:

Slutty Brownies, What’s Gaby Cooking
Nutella Brownies, Sally’s Baking Addiction
Cookies ‘n Cream Extreme Brownies, Crazy for Crust
Chocolate Mousse Brownies, The Domestic Rebel
Salted Caramel Brownies, Something Swanky
Mounds Brownies, Katrina’s Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies, Completely Delicious
Oreo Brownies, Recipe Girl

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