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Can I freeze brownies?

Freezing brownies is a great way to save leftover brownies for later or make a big batch to enjoy over time. With proper freezing and thawing methods, brownies can retain their fudgy texture and rich chocolate flavor when frozen for up to 3 months.

Can you freeze brownies?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze brownies for later use. In fact, freezing is an ideal storage method for keeping brownies fresh for extended periods. Both homemade brownies and bakery-bought brownies freeze well.

The rich, dense texture of brownies makes them perfect candidates for freezing. As long as you follow the proper freezing procedures, frozen brownies will thaw back to their fudgy, moist form and taste freshly baked.

What is the best way to freeze brownies?

To freeze brownies successfully:

  • Let brownies cool completely before freezing. Freezing warm brownies can lead to condensation which ruins texture.
  • Wrap brownies tightly in plastic wrap, aluminum foil or place in freezer bags. Make sure there is no air trapped inside. Air can cause freezer burn.
  • Layer parchment paper between brownies to make it easy to remove only what you need at a time.
  • Seal brownies in an airtight container or bag before placing in the freezer.
  • Label the container with contents and date.
  • Freeze brownies for up to 3 months for best quality.

Properly wrapping and sealing brownies protects them from picking up freezer odors and prevents ice crystals from forming on the surface which can cause drying.

Can you freeze brownies without wrapping?

It’s best to wrap brownies thoroughly before freezing, but in a pinch you can place them in the freezer uncovered:

  • Lay brownies in a single layer on a parchment lined pan or plate.
  • Freeze until solid, about 2 hours.
  • Transfer frozen brownies to a freezer bag or airtight container, making sure to remove as much air as possible.
  • Press out all excess air and seal the container.
  • Store frozen for up to 1 month.

Unwrapped brownies are more prone to picking up freezer odors and can develop freezer burn more quickly. For best results, always wrap brownies before freezing.

Can you freeze brownies with frosting?

Brownies frosted with buttercream, cream cheese or ganache frostings freeze well:

  • Be sure the frosting and brownies are completely cooled before freezing.
  • Place frosted brownies on a tray and freeze until firm, about 1-2 hours.
  • Once firm, wrap brownies tightly in plastic wrap or foil.
  • For long term storage, place wrapped brownies in freezer bags or airtight containers.
  • Thaw frosted brownies in the refrigerator to prevent condensation from making the frosting too sticky or runny.

Freezing keeps the frosting fresh and prevents it from soaking into the brownies. Letting the frosting firm up before wrapping also prevents it from getting misshapen in the freezer.

How long do brownies last in the freezer?

Properly frozen brownies maintain optimal flavor and texture for:

  • Brownies in airtight packaging: 3 months
  • Unwrapped brownies: 1 month
  • Pre-cut brownies: 1 month

Brownies that have been continuously frozen can last up to 6 months before quality starts to decline. They will still be safe to eat beyond 6 months but may develop freezer burn and start to dry out.

What is the best way to thaw frozen brownies?

There are a few thawing methods to choose from:

  • Refrigerator: Place frozen brownies in the refrigerator overnight. This gradual thaw helps prevent condensation.
  • Countertop: Leave frozen brownies wrapped at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
  • Microwave: Microwave individual brownies on half power in 15 second bursts, checking until thawed.

Let brownies come completely to room temperature before eating for the fudgiest texture. The slower the thaw, the better the brownies retain their moisture.

Signs your frozen brownies have gone bad

Check frozen brownies for these signs of spoilage before eating:

  • Ice crystals, freezer burn or dry, flaky areas
  • Odd color changes or discoloration
  • Off putting odors that weren’t present originally
  • Dry, crumbly texture
  • Mold growth

Brownies that display any signs of spoilage should be discarded. Frozen brownies kept continuously at 0°F or below should be safe indefinitely according to food safety standards, but quality deteriorates the longer they are frozen.

Tips for freezing brownies

Follow these tips for flawless, frozen brownies every time:

  • Let brownies cool completely before freezing so moisture doesn’t condense.
  • Wrap brownies as airtight as possible in plastic wrap or foil.
  • Exclude as much air as possible and press wrap tight against surface.
  • Use freezer bags or airtight containers for longest freshness.
  • Layer parchment between brownies so you can remove only what is needed.
  • Label brownies with contents and date before freezing.
  • Store brownies in the back of the freezer where temperature remains most constant.
  • Once thawed, do not refreeze brownies.


Freezing is an excellent storage method to keep brownies fresh and delicious for up to 3 months. Wrap brownies tightly before freezing to prevent ice crystals and freezer burn. Allow frozen brownies to thaw gradually in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature to retain moisture and texture. Follow proper freezing procedures and brownies will be fudgy, chocolatey and irresistible after thawing.