5 from 11 reviews

Sheet Pan Brownies

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I really try not to use “the best” on my recipes too frequently but these Sheet Pan Brownies truly are THE BEST!

This recipe makes enough brownies for a large crowd, so if you’re looking for a smaller scaled recipe, you might like my Small Batch Brownies, Brownies with Frosting, or something different like my Brownie Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. And if you’re looking for more sheet pan dessert recipes, you need to make my viral Sheet Pan Cookies, 4-in-1 Sheet Pan Cookies, Funfetti Sheet Cake, or my Puff Pastry Apple Tart.

I tested and tested this recipe to get the ratios just right. These brownies have an inviting crackled surface with chewy, soft, and fudgy middles. The edges of the brownies, kissed by the heat of the oven, offer a satisfying crunch, kind of like brownie brittle. It’s so tempting to just stand over the sheet pan and pull of little bites!

What really sets these brownies apart is their convenience. With just one pan and a few simple baking essentials, you can effortlessly whip up a batch of these in no time without compromising taste or quality.

You can get 24, 3×3 inch brownies out of this recipe, or even more if you cut them smaller. Cutting them into 2×2 inch brownies could be perfect for smaller kids or if you’re wanting small bite sized brownies as part of a dessert table.

I just can’t get over their perfectly crinkled tops and how fudgy and yummy they are! A decadent treat for many to enjoy.

fudgy brownie on a serving spatula.

Why this recipe works

  • Espresso powder: this enhances the flavor of the chocolate; it won’t make the brownies taste like coffee, it just deepens the chocolate flavors!
  • Beating the eggs and sugar: thoroughly beating the eggs and sugar together until they get into their “ribbon stage” is what we’re after for help get the crinkly brownie tops. When you lift the whisk after whipping and the pale yellow eggs fall back into the bowl in what looks like thick ribbons that hold their shape for a few seconds, you’ve whipped them long enough. Anywhere from 6-8 minutes to get them light and fluffy.
  • Generous Servings: making brownies on a sheet pan allows you to make more servings compared to traditional brownie pans. This recipe is ideal for feeding a crowd or satisfying a larger group of people, whether it’s for a party, bake sale, or family gathering.
a close up image of brownies cut into squares.
ingredients to make brownies in small glass bowls laid out on a green sheet pan.

Ingredients

For the ingredient measurements and entire recipe, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog post where the recipe card is located.

  • Butter & oil: In my testing I found I liked using a blend of both fats. A little bit of a neutral oil for tenderness and the butter for flavor.
  • Chocolate chips: I recipe tested this with semi sweet chocolate chips, but milk or dark chocolate will work fine as well. You can also fold more chocolate chips into the brownie batter if preferred.
  • Eggs: I found beating cold eggs (as opposed to room temperature eggs) with the sugar yielded a more fudgy brownie with a dense and tighter crumb.
  • Sugar: Some recipes uses a mix of granulated and brown sugar, but I chose to use only granulated sugar for this recipe. It helps get that crispy, shiny crust on the surface of the brownies and keeps the brownies perfectly moist and tender.
  • Vanilla: Like with most baked goods, vanilla extract adds depth, balance, and a touch of sophistication!
  • Espresso powder: if you don’t have it, it’s OK. You can leave it out. But like I mentioned above, the espresso powder will enhance the flavor of the chocolate.
  • Dutch process cocoa powder: I recommend this cocoa powder for it’s dark, rich color and it helps create a brownie with a velvety smooth crumb.
  • Salt: don’t skip out on the salt, it balances the sugar and chocolate. I bake with Diamond Crystal kosher salt.
  • Flour: all-purpose flour is what I recommend using. I have not tested this with any other flours.
chocolate being stirred into egg and sugar mixture.
a sheet pan of freshly baked brownies.
brownies on a green sheet pan cut into squares.

Step by Step Directions

For the full recipe instructions, scroll down to the bottom of the blog post to the recipe card.

  1. Melt the butter, oil and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, in increments, until smooth.
  2. Beat the eggs, sugar, espresso powder, salt, and vanilla for 6-8 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chocolate butter mixture.
  4. Fold in sifted flour and cocoa.
  5. Spread onto prepared sheet pan and bake.
three brownies stacked together on a plate.

Expert Tips

  • Beat the eggs and sugar long enough: To get those crackly tops you need to beat the eggs longer than you think, I always beat for 6-8 minutes. The air incorporated by this process will help form a meringue-like surface that cracks during baking.
  • Get clean cuts: To get the clean cuts on brownies you can: 1. Chill the brownies first. Cutting warm brownies is a mess! 2. Use a plastic knife since it is non stick, or dip a sharp knife in warm water and clean in between cuts.
  • Test for Doneness: Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it, but not wet batter. Be careful not to over bake, as this can lead to dry brownies.
up close image of a bite taken out of brownies.

Storage

  • Store brownies at room temperature for up to 2-3 days, properly stored in an air tight container or baggie.
  • They will last in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for 2-3 months, just note the texture may change.

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5 from 11 reviews

Sheet Pan Brownies

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 brownies
My Sheet Pan Brownies have the best shiny crackly tops we all know and love, and a rich, chewy, and fudgy brownie beneath. The crumb is dense and moist and has the perfect indulgent chocolate flavor. It's a melt in your mouth kind of brownie and almost impossible to resist reaching for just one more! These brownies are perfect for a crowd, really convenient to make, and easy to transport! Brownies never fail to bring joy and if you ask me, the answer is always brownies…err, sheet pan brownies! 😍

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 20 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips (milk or dark are fine too)
  • 1/4 cup oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 6 large cold eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • additional chocolate chips to fold into the batter (optional)

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a standard half sheet pan with nonstick spray (13×18) and set aside.
  • Add the butter, chocolate chips, and oil to a microwave safe bowl.
    1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, 20 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips, 1/4 cup oil (canola or vegetable)
    butter and chocolate chips in a glass bowl.
  • Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Continue heating in 30-second increments, stirring between, until the mixture is melted and smooth but not scorched. Remove from the microwave allow to cool slightly.
    melted butter and chocolate in a glass bowl.
  • In a stand mixer, add the cold eggs, sugar, vanilla, espresso powder, and salt. Beat on medium high for 6-8 minutes.
    6 large cold eggs, 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract, 1 Tbsp. espresso powder, 1 1/2 tsp. salt
    eggs, sugar. espresso powder, vanilla and salt in a glass bowl in a stand mixer.
  • It should look thick, pale in color and ribbony.
    eggs and sugar that have been mixed until pale in color and fluffy.
  • Add the chocolate butter mixture and fold to combine.
    chocolate being stirred into egg and sugar mixer in a glass bowl.
  • Sift in the flour and cocoa powder.
    1 3/4 cup all purpose flour, spooned and leveled, 1 cup dutch process cocoa powder
    dry ingredients sifted into wet ingredients.
  • Fold gently just until combined. (Feel free to fold in more chocolate chips into the batter at this point if you prefer, this also helps get even more crinkly brownie tops!)
    additional chocolate chips to fold into the batter (optional)
  • Pour the batter onto the prepared sheet pan and smooth out the tops with a rubber spatula.
    brownie batter spread out onto a green sheet pan.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs. Careful not to over bake because there will be carry over cooking as it cools on sheet pan.
    baked brownies on a green sheet pan with crinkly shiny tops.
  • Let cool completely to room temperature before slicing. Serve at room temperature or chilled for an even fudgier texture.
    brownies cut into squares on a green sheet pan.
  • To get perfect slices, use a plastic knife, or a sharp chef's knife dunked or ran under hot water (wipe water off before slicing), and cleaning the knife in between cuts.
    brownies on a green sheet pan.

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Notes

  • Store brownies at room temperature for up to 2-3 days, properly stored in an air tight container or baggie.
  • They will last in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for 2-3 months, just note the texture may change.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1brownie, Calories: 403kcal (20%), Carbohydrates: 43g (14%), Protein: 5g (10%), Fat: 25g (38%), Saturated Fat: 13g (81%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 78mg (26%), Sodium: 143mg (6%), Potassium: 242mg (7%), Fiber: 3g (13%), Sugar: 30g (33%), Vitamin A: 434IU (9%), Calcium: 32mg (3%), Iron: 3mg (17%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Tammy

This is a beautiful recipe. No tweaks were needed. I found freezing the bars ease the cutting process. Thank you!

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Christine Campbell

These looked so good I had to make it. Lu had regular cocoa, so that may be why my tips are not a scraggly, but they are delicious! I put nuts on half about half way through cooking.

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Babs Freeman

I rushed to the kitchen to make these! My kids will be thrilled after school! They are the perfect amount of chewy, slightly crispy on the edges! These are absolutely perfect!! ❤️

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Babs Freeman

For those wondering, my kids are devouring them! They absolutely love them! I’m being good and not eating them, but gosh do they smell so divine! The rest are going to my work and will get finished!