Sheet Pan Brownies

Jan. 16, 2020


At some point, you will need a large batch of brownies. Perhaps you need a large dessert for a Superbowl party, or for kids on a sports team or in a classroom, or just a long weekend with you and some Netflix. I’m not here to judge, I’m just here to help you succeed in your brownie quest, the answer to which is to make sheet pan brownies.


sheet pan brownies on a platter


Using a sheet pan make brownies is very simple. We’ll use a half sheet pan (18x13 inches), which in my recent bake, yielded about 48 large brownies. Since my recipe is super chocolately, you can easily cut these brownies into smaller portions and probably get up to 70 or 80 squares of brownies.

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And this is not a standard brownie recipe; I have decided to add salty flavors to a really sweet dessert, which is actually one of my favorite flavor combinations. There are pretzels and toffee bits and Oreos! But we'll get to that in a sec.

When choosing a sheet pan, try to get one that has enough height on the sides to hold the batter in. I’m also using my super fudgy recipe, so not only is it easy enough to cook all these brownies in one sheet pan, you are also going to mix this in one bowl. It requires a little arm strength, but the caloric output in stirring these brownies roughly equates to eating about 4-5 of these. I think.

I haven’t done the exact math for the calories but I have done the exact math for these brownies to fit into a half sheet pan. A half sheet pan is exactly 3.65 times the size of an 8x8 pan, if we want the same brownie height. (So if you have another recipe you like, and it’s for an 8x8, just multiply amounts by 3.65 to get it to fit into the half sheet pan.) I'm doing the math for the both of us so we can get to the part where we're eating brownies.

Anyways, since these brownies have a layer of ganache on top, I decreased the depth of brownie layer so that it’s not too much chocolate with the ganache and toppings. I know I just wrote the words “not too much chocolate”, which theoretically, should never be said on a dessert blog, or in real life for that matter, but these brownies are meant to be a little on the salty side, which requires me to alter the ratio of brownie bottom to ganache on top.

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And speaking of the ganache, let’s go over toppings. There are plenty of things that you could place on top of the ganache for these brownies. I went with a combination of pretzels, toffee bits, nuts, Oreos and sea salt because that’s what my favorite snack at Trader Joe’s has on it.

It’s called Cowboy Bark, and aside from its questionable name, it’s quite delicious. I can and will overlook the possible overtones of sexism because it is dark chocolate and pretzels and Oreos and sea salt together.

I wish other things in life were that easy to overlook, but alas, that is another post for another time. (And perhaps another blog.)

For now, here is the super duper recipe to my sheet pan brownies.

Here is the full recipe 👇🏼

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