Refrigerator Brownies

Another brownie recipe, you say? I wasn’t going to share this one until the hubby mentioned I could bake these again. I make SO many different brownies that my head spins when I’m asked for a favorite. But the chocolate connoisseurs in the house felt Refrigerator Brownies were worthy.

You may wonder why I chose this post to share my tried and true slicing technique. This wasn’t my best effort, obviously. I whipped these up one afternoon to take to the impromptu wrap up party after the show house closed (a volunteer gig which monopolized my time I’d been involved with earlier this month). So I had to hurry along the process resulting in a less than perfectly sliced brownies. The main pitfall was not having enough time to chill them completely. But I know my standards are way stricter than 99% of those I feed!

To get PERFECT slices, I recommend these steps:

  • Thoroughly chill your brownies or bar cookies.
  • Use parchment or non-stick foil with overhangs to line your pan for easy removal
  • Use a long, sharp knife for cutting
  • If eye-balling even sized bars isn’t your forte, use a ruler to make hash marks along your vertical and horizontal edges at appropriate intervals
  • Dip your knife into very hot water, then dry it off. Make one slice, wipe the knife clean, reheat, then repeat.

That’s it…mainly chilling the bars, then slicing with a hot, dry knife. Here are some better photos of some well cut baked goods:

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Bars

Turtle Brownies

Refrigerator Brownies…and slicing tutorial

Recipe adapted from The Live in Kitchen/http://www.theliveinkitchen.com/2013/05/10/refrigerator-bakery-brownies/

    For the brownies:

    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
    • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped)
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    For icing:

    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1-2 tablespoons milk
    1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with non-stick foil (or regular foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray)and set aside.
    2. Add butter and unsweetened chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and zap and stir at 30 second increments till melted and smooth. Whisk in the brown and granulated sugar and let cool a couple minutes (so egg doesn’t cook when you add to batter). Whisk in the egg, yolk, and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and fold into the chocolate mixture with a spatula until well incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
    3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth top with offset spatula and bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.
    4. To prepare the frosting, place chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Whisk in the vanilla, then stir in the powdered sugar. Add a tablespoon of milk, whisking briskly to incorporate. Add up to a tablespoon more of milk to reach desired consistency. Whisk till frosting is smooth and shiny. Spread immediately on the cooled brownies. Refrigerate until the frosting is set and you are ready to serve.

    Yield: 16-25 brownies depending on size

      Total time: 2 hours

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        Comments

        1. Your brownies look perfect! Great slicing tips; I always use a ruler too :).

        2. Great slicing tips, I always cut uneven slices… then I have to referee the kids when they fight over the biggest piece! I love the look of the turtle brownie, the caramel looks amazing 🙂

        3. Lizzy, thanks for the slicing tips! I am lousy at slicing and these tips would be a great help. Another thing I am lousy at is photographing brownies. They all come out looking like strange gobs of brown or black. LOL!

        4. Lovely brownies! And great slicing tips! I never bother with the neat cut if serving for the family, am smiling sheepishly! But would take extra care when giving it as a gift! 🙂

        5. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

          Beautiful brownies! Thanks so much for the tips, I never would have thought to chill the baked goods! Happy Memorial Day:@)

        6. Hi Lizzy! The tutorial is very useful!

        7. I have noticed your perfect little squares before. Thanks for the tutorial. My bars normally get sampled before they are cooled.

        8. So glad you shared the slicing tips, Liz. Bless Bill for encouraging brownie baking. I want to make and sample them all!

        9. Lizzy,
          Thanks for sharing your slicing tutorial. Your brownies and bars are always cut to perfection, unlike mine. Maybe now, mine will look better:)

          Happy Memorial Day!

        10. I am always in awe of your culinary mojo!! Your food/presentation is always perfection personified. 🙂

        11. These brownies look delish – but being a sucker for caramel, I so want the turtle brownies.

        12. And if you want a pretty neat slices , take your time – no need to hurry as if the hounds from hell are chasing you ! That seems to be my problem when slicing my bars/brownies lol Lovely tips , Lizzy ! I swear I won’t get tired to see more of your brownies 😉

        13. Miss Messy says:

          Thanks for the tips 🙂 Look delicious!

        14. Refrigerator brownies are incredible!
          Your bars are always perfectly cut – thank you for sharing your secrets! 🙂

        15. Thanks for the tips,they all looks awesome and delicious 🙂

        16. Liz, love that chilling and slicing tutorial – and these browniesl certainly do look like pure bliss to me!

        17. Great slicing tutorial. I use a hot knife for cutting perfect slices of cake. too .. never thought to chill them first.. i will try this next time 🙂

        18. I suck at cutting brownies, ha! This tutorial had a couple tips that helped though so yay-and I love how chocolatey and yummy these brownies look!

        19. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says:

          I admit that I’m not a world class bar slicer at all. Luckily, and like your loved ones, they don’t judge or care. Hopefully my readers don’t either. 🙂

          The brownies look amazing….family approved? I’m all over them for Dudette. Thanks!

        20. You brownies and bars are always perfect. Hope you’re having a great holiday!

        21. These brownies sounds fantastic, Lizzy! And there would be no slicing. Just fork–>pan–>mouth!! 🙂

        22. Thanks for sharing those brownie secrets my friend and another fantastic recipe 🙂

          Cheers
          Choc Chip Uru

        23. I could bake different brownies every week. There´s no such thing as too many recipes. About the slicing, I wish I had the patience for it…

        24. Hotly Spiced says:

          There can never be too many brownie recipes but I just love the look of the Turtle Brownies xx

        25. My downfall is never waiting long enough for my brownies/bars to cool. Usually because I’m in a rush and make them at the last minute before posting them on my blog or bringing them to an event. Sigh, why am I such a procrastinator?! The ruler tip is a good one. I need to buy one so that I can make slices as beautifully and evenly as yours, Liz.

        26. Great slicing tips 🙂

        27. I wondered how you got your wonderfully perfect squares. I have a ruler in my kitchen that is dedicated to food, no pens allowed! These brownies sound fantastically chocolatey, and I love how small the squares are too.

        28. Lizzy,
          Love the brownies. I use your slicing method all the time. Thanks for sharing and I hope you had a great Memorial Day and weekend.
          Annamaria

        29. Thanks for the tips!

        30. Very helpful slicing tips, Liz.
          These brownies look fantastic!

        31. I’m still waiting for the That Skinny Chick Can Bake Brownies cookbook to come out!

          Brownies are sometimes hard to slice, these are great tips!

        32. When I see another brownie recipe I actually think YES! :))) thanks for the slicing tips.. really useful info.

        33. Thanks for these great tips Liz1 I always wonder how you do that!

        34. steph@stephsbitebybite says:

          Oh brownies. They are totally my weakness. I need to look away!

        35. These brownies look amazing, Liz. they remind me of the ones my maternal grandma used to make and I love your slicing tips! My bars are always crooked, no matter how much I eyeball and press the knife down, lining it as straight as I think it can be. I think I’m just meant to have lopsided bars since I’m kind of a lopsided person lol

        36. Wow! I never thought of chilling the brownies but these all look perfect! Great tip and these look great!

        37. Thanks for the tips Liz! You never know when you’ll need them! The brownies look perfectly cut!!!

        38. I am horrible at slicing and my lil guy and hubby always want to sample before I’ve had a chance to chill the sweets but I will be sure to hide them away for next time 🙂 Thanks Liz, great slicing tips Liz! Your brownies and bars are always so gorgeous and perfect 🙂

        39. Balvinder says:

          I never thought to chill the brownies before cutting. This is a great tip.

        40. Great tutorial Brownie Queen 😉 Actually I should do the refrigerate bars and use hot knife trick. I do hot ice cream scoop always.

        41. If there was an award for best slicer, I would give it to you! Everything you do always looks sooo perfect! And delicious!

        42. You can do this to cut up a rolled raw bread dought to prevent is deformed…..
          beside that, you can put your over dry and crumbly cake in the freezer until it slightly frozen, bring it to room temperature and your cake will moist by then…

        43. Hi Liz! I follow you on bloglovin:) I love all of your brownie recipes. Thanks for sharing the slicing tips, it’s something I struggle with.

        44. Gourmantine says:

          Lovely tutorial, Liz, your brownie slices look sharply perfect! 🙂

        45. Cristina says:

          Your brownies and bars are perfectly sliced – beautiful styling. Thank you for sharing your tips on achieving the perfect slice. 🙂 Have a lovely week!!

        46. Dear Friend.
          I love your tips on how to cut brownies perfect. For me all yours brownies are cut clean. The most important is that they are all delicious.
          kisses

        47. Amy Tong says:

          Your brownies are really perfectly sliced. 🙂 So pretty and neat. I’ve got to give this chilled brownie and hot knife trick a try.

        48. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says:

          YUM I can’t wait to make these!

        49. Thanks for the tip and another beautiful dessert.

        50. You can post as many brownie recipes as you want. I love everyone of your brownies! Thank goodness I don’t eat them or I would be as big as a house. I am NOT a skinny chick. 🙂 I have always wondered how you got your brownie pieces to look so perfect. Now I know. Great method and fabulous brownies!

        51. no matter how you slice ’em…these brownies look awesome! I have the hardest time cutting even bars…thanks for the tips!

        52. Juliana says:

          Thanks for the tips Liz, no wonder your brownies always cut perfectly…refrigerator brownies sounds delicious.
          Have a great week 🙂

        53. Lovely brownies! Great slicing tips!

        54. You got the slicing technique right on! I do have a difficult time with the chilling part. These look delicious. Must add them to my long list of brownies!

        55. Amazing brownies! They remind me of the fudge I love so much… Thanks for the slicing tips.

        56. There is no such thing as too many brownies…. love the tips and techniques!!

        57. Yum, you can never have too many brownie recipes. Great tips- now I just have to get some self control and learn to wait for my baked goods to cool before cutting, so hard 🙂

        58. excellent tips will diffinitely hold on to this post!!! Thanks Liz!

        59. Anyway you slice them, these sound terrific! Great hints for perfect slices!

        60. Great tips for slicing brownies, mine never look as good as yours. I shall definitely try your tips out on my next batch 🙂 These look lovely as always and wish I had one right now.

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