Baking the brownies in pan that’s too large can make them turn out hard, too. Be sure to use the size of pan called for in the package instructions. Usually the pan size is marked on the bottom. If it isn’t, measure the pan across the top from inside rim to inside rim. Then measure the depth by putting the ruler on the inside and measuring from the top edge to the bottom of the pan. Q. How long do I have to wait before I can eat the brownies? A. Oooh, brownies are so tempting when they first come out of the oven! But you’ll have to wait about 30 minutes until they’re cool enough to eat. Glass and smaller pans take a little longer to cool.
Q. How can I cut brownies into smooth squares? A. First, be sure the brownies are thoroughly cool. That means waiting about 2 hours before cutting. Then, for a nice, smooth cut, use a plastic knife or a table knife. A sharp knife will actually tear the brownies. If you’ve made Sweet Rewards® brownies, cut them with a slight sawing motion. If they start to tear, moisten the knife a little.
Q. How should I store brownies? A. You can store brownies at room temp or in the fridge. Just be sure to cover them tightly. To freeze brownies, wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or plastic freezer bags or put them in plastic freezer containers. If you’re stacking the brownies, place a sheet of waxed paper between the layers. They’ll keep for 4 to 6 months in the freezer. Wait to frost brownies until after they’ve thawed.
Q. Do I need to follow the design directions for the hot fudge topping and turtle brownie’s caramel? A. Yes, because this design does 3 things: it ensures accurate baking time, gives you the best texture and makes the most attractive brownies.
Q. Why is the turtle brownie’s caramel packet so firm when I squeeze it? A. Caramel firms up as it ages. To soften the caramel, place the unopened packet in a bowl of hot tap water. Don’t soften it in the microwave.
Q. Why do holes appear in the hot fudge or caramel designs? A. Both caramel and hot fudge are high in sugar. The sugar holds heat and causes holes during baking. Holes also happen when the hot fudge and caramel aren’t mixed evenly throughout the brownie batter.