Best Brownie Pan
There aren't many things in the world as delicious as a batch of freshly baked brownies, hot out of the oven. Whether you're a fan of the gooey middle pieces or the crispy corners, there are plenty of high-quality brownie pans to choose from. When picking out the best brownie pans, we looked for pans that heat evenly with no hot or cold spots that can cause burned or uncooked patches. We also looked for pans with superior non-stick qualities so that you won't have to dig your brownies out of the pan with a butter knife. All the pans that made this list are also easy to clean, and though some are dishwasher safe, your pan will last longer if you wash it by hand.
Chicago Metallic Slice Solutions Brownie Pan
USA Pan Brownie Bite Panel Pan
Wilton Bite-Size Brownie Squares 24-Cavity Silicone Mold
Oneida Professional Brownie Pan
Baker's Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan
We chose the Chicago Metallic Slice Solutions Brownie Pan as the best pan out there because this pan can be used to make a traditional batch of brownies with gooey middle pieces, or a batch of brownies where every piece is a corner piece. The secret is a divider that you can slide into the pan before you bake if you want a batch of all-corner brownies. This divider can also be used to customize brownies so that some can be made with nuts, chocolate chips, or other toppings. The pan is an ideal 9-by-9 inch square and is dishwasher safe.
If you're craving brownies but want to watch your calories, the USA Pans Brownie Bite Panel Pan is a great choice. This pan makes 20 mini brownies that are all corner pieces. Like all USA Pans bakeware, this pan is made from an aluminized steel that transfers heat quickly and bakes evenly. The pan is also corrugated, allowing for increased airflow that helps keep brownies from burning, and is coated with a non-stick silicone that brownies slide right off. USA Pans also makes a traditional 9 by 9 brownie pan.
Aluminum and steel pans may be the most commonly used brownie pans, but silicone molds are gaining popularity. The Wilton Bite-Size Brownie Squares 24-Cavity Silicone Mold is a great choice for cooks who want perfectly baked brownies that pop right out of the pan. Though it's flexible like rubber, silicone is safe to heat in the oven and the individual cups are naturally non-stick with no need for an additional coating that can scratch off over time. This pan is high-quality and easy to bake in, but should be placed on a cookie sheet or baking pan, because the flexible silicone mold can be difficult to move when it's full of batter.
If price is a major factor, the Oneida Professional Brownie Pan should be at the top of your list. Though this pan is much cheaper than most of the competitors, it still turns out a great set of brownies. The pan is 7-by-11 inches, which is ideal for fudgy brownies with lots of gooey center pieces. The silicone-based non-stick coating allows brownies to slide right out of the pan, while the steel core heats up quickly and evenly. Oneida's pan is dishwasher safe, though the non-stick surface benefits from hand-washing.
Not only is the Edge Brownie Pan one of Oprah's favorites, it's also a favorite among home bakers all around the world. The pan has been designed in a snaking shape that makes every brownie in the pan an edge piece. This unique shape also helps brownies cook quickly, since more of the batter is in contact with the metal sides and interior sidewalls. Brownies are also easy to take out of the pan once they're done, thanks to the durable non-stick coating. Hand washing the pan will help it last for years, and using the nylon spatula that comes with it will keep it from getting scratched.