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Did your husband leave you for a woman who tried to steal your favorite brownie recipe and couldn't even get it right? People may settle for mediocrity in their love lives, like a partner who can't make good brownies, but in the age of instant gratification, you should have no trouble finding your brownie pan soul mate. Here are 10 varieties of brownie pans for all types of brownie lovers.
1. If you love crispy edges: Edge Nonstick Brownie Pan
While I don't understand the fascination with the dry and crispy bits of brownie, there are pans out there that cater to lovers of edge pieces. This maze-like pan sections off thin lines of brownie, so that every part of the final product contains a chewy outside bite. It's also nonstick and comes with a cover and a mini spatula. If you're not quite convinced this is the pan for you, see the enthusiastic Amazon comment below:
"As I sit here eating yet another corner piece, I wonder to myself, why did I buy this pan? Between the pan and the great silicone lid that fits it perfectly...I think it was a mistake. Before when I made brownies...my kids and husband ate them all. I would just trim off the edges here and there, eat the occasional corner piece, and enjoy the chewy goodness. But now...here I sit eating like half the brownies I made. Smooth move. This is the same recipe I always make in a 9x13 pan, and it fit perfectly into this pan. I greased and lightly floured the pan, and the brownies just pop right out, using the cute little spatula that comes with it. But you know what will NOT be cute and little? Me, thanks to this pan. These are hands-down the most delicious brownies I have ever made."
2. If you love crispy edges but want something a bit more ridiculous-looking: Crispy Corner Brownie Pan
Want an entire pan of crispy-edge brownie pieces? Want that pan of brownies to also look very strange and misshapen? This is the pan for you! Sure to be a conversation starter!
3. If you're devoted to brownie thins: Half-Sheet Pan
Our Food Director Rhoda Boone developed a recipe for extra-thin brownies, then wrote about how they changed her life. Some of her reasons? They can be made on a regular old sheet pan and allow for portion control because they're not as thick and heavy as a regular brownie. And, best of all, they're extra chewy.
4. If you want to make a skillet brownie: Cast-Iron Skillet
Making brownies in a skillet and plopping a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle makes for a fun, shareable dessert. Before you serve this double-chocolate brownie with pecans and ice cream at your next dinner party, make sure you have the best cast-iron skillet. Our favorite from our cast-iron skillet test was the inexpensive Victoria skillet, thanks to its super nonstick coating.
5. If you'd rather eat a lot of mini brownies than one large one: Silicone Brownie Squares Baking Mold
Fact: It doesn't matter how many baked goods you eat if they're miniature. This brownie pan is great for people who love mini things and hate portioning brownies. The silicon mold means the brownies will be chewy and easy to remove from the pan—just be careful removing the floppy pan from the oven (place a baking sheet beneath the brownie mold to keep it sturdy).
6. If you love toppings: Brownie Bites Pan
This pan yields perfect, individually sized brownies. But that's not all! The mold bakes brownies to have a light indentation, so you can easily pour on a sauce or topping. Salted caramel brownies! Chocolate ganache–topped brownies! Peanut butter brownies!
7. If you want perfectly-sliced brownies: Brownie Bonanza Pan
This pan is an Amazon bestseller and it's easy to see why. For starters, it features a removable divider tray that will yield 18 perfectly sliced brownies. It also has a lifting tray, which eliminates the need to awkwardly shimmy brownies out of the pan with a spatula. And it comes with a serving stand!
8. If you love a brownie pop: Round Brownie Pop Mold
If you have children or are an adult who likes overly cutesy things, you should probably consider baking brownie pops. For that, you'll need these molds. Plus, if you HATE crispy edges, this is the pan for you. The silicone will ensure that the brownie pops are nice and soft. Just add popsicle sticks (after baking!) and cover with frosting or fun decorations.
9. If you want to be fancy and make a brownie tart: Tart Pan
"Behold: Butter your tart pan and pour in some brownie batter. Bake, unmold, and serve it in wedges with créme fraîche. You thought you were making brownies, but in fact, you just made a marvelous brownie tart."
10. If you just came here looking for a normal brownie pan: Covered Cake Pan
For classic brownies, we like to use a metal baking pan instead of a glass or ceramic one. Metal will cook evenly, prevent over-browning, and yield straight edges. Since you're going to butter your baking dish, nonstick isn't necessary, either. This Nordic Ware pan comes with a top, which will come in handy when you're storing leftover brownies—should you have any.
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