I Tried the Viral Brownie Hack That Freezes Your Layers and the Result Left Me with a Deliciously Gooey Mess

published Oct 27, 2022
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Freezing Brownie Layers Hack
Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

With the plethora of methods readily available on the internet, you rarely need to search too hard to find a unique spin on your favorite brownie recipe. One minute, you think your baking skills are completely unmatched. Then, the next, you come across a random video that changes everything, unlocking a simple hack you never thought to try. This is exactly how I came across Grackle, aka GraceBooth97 on TikTok, and her take on the viral frozen brownie hack that has been making its rounds on the internet recently.

Although my track record with brownies has been quite literally dry, I still wanted to give these extra gooey-looking treats a shot, and try this so-called hack out for myself. 

Try the Method: Frozen Brownie Layers

How to Try the Frozen Brownie Layers Hack

The star feature of this hack is the use of your freezer. You’ll want to begin by laying out two pieces of parchment paper on separate cutting boards, spreading an even square-like layer of Biscoff spread on one, and a thin layer of Nutella on the other. Be sure to make each layer similar in size to your actual brownie tray so that it fits over evenly. Place each spread in the freezer for at least an hour, until frozen stiff.

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

As the video notes, freezing the layers of Biscoff and Nutella will deliver extra gooey brownies opposed to the caramelized and burnt alternative you get when adding those ingredients at room temperature. 

While the layers finish up the freezing process, start preparing your preferred brownie recipe. Once you have your batter made and brownie tray greased, pour a portion of the batter into the tray, making sure to fill in the corners. Remove the parchment paper from your frozen Nutella and place it down on top of the first layer of batter, before spreading more batter on top. Then, add your frozen layer of Biscoff and spread the remaining brownie batter on top of that. Throw it in the oven, baking per recipe instructions, and wait for the magic to happen. Once cooled, cut carefully and serve immediately — paired with your favorite ice cream. 

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

My Honest Opinion of the Frozen Brownie Layer Hack

Honestly? This hack rules and is quite possibly the best way to make brownies! For someone like me who classically leaves brownies in the oven for a minute too long, the sheer amount of gooeyness on display is astounding. I’d argue that as long as you don’t burn them, the gooey aftermath of the frozen Biscoff and Nutella is absolutely to die for. I would recommend this hack to anyone who is trying to experiment in the kitchen, as well as anyone who appreciates a messy meal, because messy almost always means delicious. 

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

3 Tips for Trying the Frozen Brownie Layers Hack

  1. Always freeze first. Both the Biscoff and Nutella will take a minimum of an hour to completely freeze. Go ahead and get this step started before preparing the brownie batter. If anything, wait until completely frozen before sparking up the oven and starting your brownie journey.
  2. Two minutes can change everything. Although the gooey factor will be off the charts with this one, don’t forget to keep a close eye on the clock while baking your brownies. If you’re thinking, “I’ll leave it in for a couple more minutes,” take that as your cue to remove the brownies from the oven immediately.
  3. Get creative. I always say this, but my favorite hacks are ones that can be modified to your liking. After trying this once, you’ll quickly be coming up with ideas for how to use this with different recipes. Have fun and keep veering away from the norm!

Try the Method: Frozen Brownie Layers