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On a chilly winter day, who doesn’t like a platter of freshly made, chocolaty brownies? Brownies are the ideal snack for any occasion, but they may be difficult to prepare correctly at times. I’d had enough of my brownies being undercooked, so I decided to write this comprehensive instruction on how to bake brownies exactly till they’re done!

Undercooked brownies may be returned to the oven for an extra 2 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the interior of the brownies with a toothpick to see whether they are done. If the brownies are still mushy on the inside, continue the procedure until they are done.

In this essay, I’ll address the most often asked concerns regarding avoiding and repairing underbaked brownies. I’ll also go through some useful hints for rescuing an overcooked brownie pan. These useful tricks can help you get your brownie game back on track!

How Do You Restore Undercooked Brownies?

There are three efficient strategies for repairing undercooked brownies. To efficiently cure a pan of undercooked brownies, these ways include utilizing the oven, microwave, or air fryer.

1. The Stove

If the brownies are still gooey in the centre after baking, return the pan to the oven for another two minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When the timer has gone off, use a toothpick to check the brownies to see whether they are done.

Undercooked brownies may be readily corrected in the oven. While the undercooked area will most likely be the center, it is critical to pay attention to the edges and sides to prevent overcooking the outside portion.

How Undercooked Are The Brownies How Much Longer To Bake In The Oven
Very Undercooked (Gooey) 4 minutes longer
Slightly Undercooked (Moist) 2 minutes longer
Somewhat Done (Firm but Moist) 1-minute longer
*Varies based on oven type, check if done

*By the way, I just discovered the ideal Brownie Pan, which effortlessly cuts the brownies into pieces! This Metallic Professional Slice Solutions Brownie Pan is 9 inches by 13 inches and will make it much simpler to pull your brownies out of the pan! This Brownie Pan is available on Amazon!

If I take my brownies out of the oven too soon, I simply put them back in for another one or two minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

To prevent overcooking them, resist the need to leave the room and instead remain close by.

Although it may be tempting to do anything else while you wait for your brownies to complete cooking, if you are not attentive, they may burn rapidly.

*Side Note: I just published an article on How to Retrieve Brownies from a Pan Without Breaking Them. This article walks you through the procedure of carefully removing brownies from their pans. This article may be found here!

2. The microwave oven

For the best results, repair undercooked brownies in the microwave by warming each brownie individually. Microwave the brownie for thirty seconds in a microwave-safe container. Check with a toothpick to see whether the interior is done. Continue this step as needed until they are finished.

When it comes to correcting undercooked brownies, using a microwave is a snap, particularly if you’ve already left the home and don’t have an oven handy. If you’re going to use the microwave, prepare them separately to ensure they cook evenly.

How Undercooked Are The Brownies How Long To Cook In The Microwave
Very Undercooked (Gooey) Up to 3 minutes
Slightly Undercooked (Moist) Up to 1 minute
Somewhat Done (Firm but Moist) 30 seconds
*30-second increments

Since microwaves cook food rapidly, it’s crucial to cook your brownies in thirty-second intervals. If you leave them in the microwave for more than thirty seconds, they will get overcooked.

3. A deep fryer

Undercooked brownies may be rectified in an air fryer by reheating them in tiny batches for 1 minute at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat one or two brownie pieces in the fryer basket for one minute at a time, looking often to ensure they do not burn.

Air fryers have quickly become one of the most popular methods for baking and repairing overcooked brownies.

They are compact, durable, simple to operate, and provide excellent results. They’re also ideal for when you want to make a lovely dessert but don’t want to deal with the effort of using an oven or generating a hot kitchen.

How Undercooked Are The Brownies How Long To Cook In An Air Fryer
Very Undercooked (Gooey) Up to 2 minutes
Slightly Undercooked (Moist) Up to 1 minute
Somewhat Done (Firm but Moist) 30 seconds*
*Place in already hot Air Fryer and close for 30 seconds

For preparing your brownies, I recommend utilizing a springform pan or even a cake barrel pan that will fit into your air fryer. If you’re making the full batch, lightly butter your pan and just bake a few brownies at a time.

Preheat the air fryer to 350°F and bake them for approximately a minute before inspecting their consistency.

Continue this step as needed or until the whole batch has been adjusted to your liking.

I just published an article in which I discuss the four best air fryers on the market right now. If you want a detailed breakdown of these four air fryers, go to this page.

I own and recommend the COSORI Smart Wifi Air Fryer. This air fryer has served me well for many years and is ideal for warming up your tasty cookies. This air fryer even comes with an app that notifies me when my baked items are ready and connects to my Alexa or Google Assistant. Check out this Amazon Air Fryer!

How Do You Know When Brownies Are Done?

Inserting and withdrawing a toothpick into the centre of the brownie slab indicates that the brownies are done. The brownies are done when the toothpick comes out clean with no batter stuck to it. When the brownies are done, they will begin to pull away from the edges of the pan.

A typical error that many amateur chefs make is determining the ideal moment to remove a tray of brownies from the oven. What you may not realize is that taking your brownies out of the oven slightly underdone is really desirable.

The reason you want to remove them sooner rather than later is because they will continue to bake for many minutes after you remove them!

You don’t want to get into the habit of waiting too long, otherwise your brownies will have dry edges. A well cooked brownie should be soft and delicious.

The toothpick test is the most accurate technique to determine if your brownies are done. This strategy is most likely known to you. Remove the brownies from the oven and place the toothpick into the center of the tray.

There are three possible outcomes for the toothpick after the cake:

  • If the toothpick comes out brown and very wet, your brownies still need a little more time in the oven
  • If the toothpick comes out somewhat brown with crumbs along the sides, your brownies are ready to come out
  • If your toothpick comes out completely dry and without crumbs, you’ve likely left them in the oven for too long

Although an undercooked brownie may be repaired, an overdone dish might be more difficult to repair. It’s ideal to serve them with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. You may also simply transform overdone brownies into brownie shakes!

*Side Note: You may also be interested in learning why your brownies crack on top after baking. I just created an essay on How to Avoid and Repair Cracks on the Top of Brownies, which you can read here!

Why are my brownies still raw in the center?

Brownies are frequently uncooked in the centre because they bake from the outside in, which means that the borders and areas along the sides bake considerably faster than the middle. Pulling them out of the oven before they are fully cooked results in undercooked brownies.

While baking a tray of brownies, keep in mind that there will be some natural discrepancies in terms of which sections totally cook first and other parts may take a little longer.

Since the outside corners and edges are closer to the heat source, they will bake faster than the center parts.

Take your brownies out of the oven and gently shake the pan to see if they need a little more time in the oven. If the center seems to wobble or tremble, it most certainly needs extra time to cook.

*As a side note, I just published an article titled Freezing Baked Brownies the Proper Way. This post will walk you through the processes necessary to freeze your brownies in order for them to last longer. This article may be found here!

Should Brownies Have a Gooey Center?

Brownies should not be gooey in the centre on average. When brownies are gooey in the centre, it signifies they are undercooked and should be returned to the oven. Brownies must be somewhat mushy in the center in order to set correctly.

Since brownies take some time to set after being removed from the oven, great care should be given to ensure they are not overdone. It may be difficult to tell when my brownies are done, particularly as I like mine a little softer.

A thermometer is your best chance for determining if your brownies are done.

Undercooked Brownies with Gooey Batter!

Although the toothpick technique is handy, I like to obtain a reliable temperature reading on my baked products, particularly if I’m going to share them with friends and family.

A basic rule of thumb is that if your brownies have achieved a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle, they are safe to consume, even if they are little sticky.

If you want firmer brownies, then leave them in the oven for another minute or two. Instead, place them in the refrigerator for thirty minutes to firm up.

*Side Note: I just published an article on How to Freeze Brownie Batter Correctly. How Long Does Brownie Batter Last? is the topic of this article. This article may be found here!


Can I reheat the brownies in the oven?

In general, brownies may be returned to the oven after they have been removed. If the brownies are underbaked, they may be returned to the oven for an extra baking time. Return the brownies to the oven at 350°F and check them often to ensure they do not burn.

Is it OK to eat undercooked brownies?

Slightly undercooked brownies are fine to consume as long as they are made with pasteurized eggs and are just slightly undercooked. To be deemed safe for ingestion, the interior of the brownies must achieve an internal temperature of 160F (71C) or above during baking.

How Do Undercooked Brownies Appear?

Undercooked brownies will be very moist, sticky, and will not set correctly. If the brownies are undercooked, use a toothpick or a thermometer to check. If the toothpick is moist, dark, and free of crumbs, the brownies are undercooked.

Do brownies get harder as they cool?

Brownies will grow harder as they cool, but they will not solidify. Brownies will harden if refrigerated in the refrigerator or freezer. After brownies are put in the refrigerator to set, they will harden in approximately an hour.

Although I like doing my mixing by hand, I greatly prefer using a stand mixer. I just posted an article on the 3 Best Stand Mixers for Bakers at Every Stage of Their Baking Journey. After an examination of many stand mixers, the KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer was named the Best Overall Mixer. This stand mixer is available on Amazon!