Kitchen Tricks and Tips From Our Expert Cooks
Slicing Brownies and Bars Neatly, Every Time
If you want perfect squares or rectangles, a spatula just won’t cut it. Follow this easy step-by-step to guarantee treats
that look as good as they taste.
Step 1: Using a pastry brush, coat the bottom and sides of the baking pan with softened butter.
Step 2: Line the pan with a strip of parchment, leaving an overhang on 2 sides; press down so it sticks. Brush with more butter and line with a second strip of parchment, perpendicular to the first (also with an overhang). Brush with butter.
Step 3: Add the batter to the pan; bake and let cool as directed. Then, gripping the paper overhangs, lift the brownies or bars out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board.
Step 4: Using a large serrated knife, cut into squares or rectangles as desired, then lift off the parchment.
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