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Fudgy Instant Pot Brownies Recipe


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Instant Pot Brownies? Yep, you read that right! You absolutely can make rich fudgy brownies in your Instant Pot and the result is delicious.

two brownies on two small cake stands on a polka dotted cloth on a wood table next to a glass of milk with two straws in it with title text reading Instant Pot Brownies with Nuts

Why Make Brownies in an Instant Pot?

Okay, just because we CAN make brownies in an Instant Pot, why should we? After all, oven-baked brownies are already pretty darn good.

There are two good reasons that I can think of. First, you don’t have to heat up your kitchen. If you live somewhere warm or are baking in the summer, this is a big plus for IP cooking.

Second, it’s a matter of preference. I know there’s a whole group of people out there who love the outside edges of the brownie pan.

There are so many of those people, in fact, that someone designed a brownie pan that ensures EVERY brownie comes out like an edge piece. If you’re one of these people, buy that pan and skip the Instant Pot Brownies.

But if you’re like me, and you like the ooey, gooey middle pieces, you are going to love Instant Pot brownies! This is our answer to the brownie pan.

overhead view of brownies on a white plate on a piece of burlap

Ready to make up a delicious batch of fudgy brownies? Ok, here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients for Instant Pot Brownies

Ready to get started? Ok, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Chopped walnuts

bowls of Eggs, Sugar, Cocoa powder, Salt, Flour, Walnuts, pecans, bottle of vanilla extract, measuring cup of canola oil, vegetable oil spray can all on a wood table

Substitutions and Add-Ins

Boxed Brownie Mix: If you don’t have the ingredients above or simply want to save time, you can absolutely use boxed brownie mix instead.

Oil: I prefer to use olive oil because I think it’s healthier than other options, but corn oil or canola oil will do the trick here. I DON’T recommend butter (even melted butter) because your brownies won’t turn out as moist and chewy.

Nuts: I love walnuts in this recipe, but chopped pecans also work great. Don’t like nuts? Leave them out!

Chocolate Chips, Chunks or Candy: You can use these in place of, or in addition to, the nuts for added texture and flavor

Marshmallows: Feel free to add a handful of mini marshmallows if you like them — they go great with chocolate!

Equipment & Helpful Tools

  • Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker
  • Trivet
  • 7-inch cake pan, push pan or springform pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Rubber spatula
  • Aluminum foil

How to Make Instant Pot Brownies

Once you have everything you need, it’s time to get cooking!

Step 1: Prepare Your Pot and Pan

First, place the trivet that came with your Instant Pot in the bottom of the inner liner. Pour in two cups of water.

a hand pouring water from a measuring cup over a rack in an instant pot

Then, line a 7-inch cake pan or spring form pan with parchment paper. Spray the paper with cooking spray.

a hand spraying vegetable oil in a cake pan lined with parchment paper on a wood table

Step 2: Prepare Batter

To make the batter, combine two eggs and one cup sugar in a medium bowl and beat until fluffy and smooth.

a mixer mixing eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl

Then, add 1/2 cup of oil, 2/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the egg mixture. Beat on medium high for one minute.

brownie batter being mixed in a mixing bowl with a kitchen aid mixer

Add 1/2 cup of flour but in four separate stages, mixing on low in between each addition just until the flour is incorporated. Avoid over mixing the batter because you’ll end up with cakey brownies — not a terrible thing, but definitely not the dense, rich brownies I’ve promised you.

mixing in the flour to the brownie batter

Finally, pour in 1/2 cup of nuts and fold them into the batter with a spatula.

a hand pouring nuts from a white bowl into the metal mixing bowl of brownie batter

Step 3: Pressure Cook

Carefully pour batter into the prepared pan. Make sure you scrape the sides with your spatula! We don’t want to let any of that chocolatey goodness go to waste.

using a spatula to transfer the brownie batter from the mixing bowl to the parchment lined cake pan

Create a foil sling (you can see it in the picture above) to wrap under the pan. Use the “handles” to gently lower the pan into the Instant Pot until the pan sits securely on top of the trivet.

the parchment lined cake pan with brownie batter in it placed in the instant pot

Secure the lid, make sure the valve is set to sealing, and select high pressure for 24 minutes. When the timer beeps after the cook time is complete, allow for a 10 minute natural release before turning the valve to venting to quick release the remaining pressure.

Step 4: Cool and Serve

Once the pressure release is complete, carefully remove the lid of the Instant Pot.

Use the foil sling to remove the pan from the Instant Pot. It should look something like this:

cooked brownies in the parchment paper lined cake pan on a blue and white checkered linen

Set aside and allow the brownies to cool for 10 minutes. Then, cut the brownies into squares or triangles (like a pie) and serve or store.

brownies on a white plate on a piece of burlap with title text reading Instant Pot Brownies

Optional Toppings / Serving Suggestions

Frankly, I think these brownies are the perfect dessert just as they are, but if you want to make them next level awesome, here are some suggestions:

Top with frosting. This peanut butter frosting goes great on brownies!

Serve with ice cream. Either put a giant scoop right on top or add bite-size pieces of brownies to a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

Instant Pot Brownie Recipe

I include step-by-step photos for my readers who are still learning to use their Instant Pots and want to know what each part of the process looks like. For those of you who just want to see the recipe and instructions without all that scrolling, here you go.

Instant Pot Walnut and Pecan Chocolate Brownies

This is an amazing brownie recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 24 mins
10 mins
Total Time 44 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 323 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Place Instant Pot rack in bottom of inner liner and add 2 cups water.
  • Line a 7-inch round cake pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • Add eggs and sugar to medium-sized bowl. Beat until smooth  (about 3 minutes).
  • Add oil, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt to egg mixture. Beat on low until well combined (about 1 minute).
  • Add flour to mixing bowl about 1/8 cup at a time, mixing in between, until well combined.
  • Add nuts and fold into batter with a spatula.
  • Pour brownie batter into to the prepared baking dish.
  • Lower baking dish into Instant Pot using a foil sling. Secure lid and set valve to sealing.
  • Cook on high pressure for 24 minutes. Quick release pressure. Once the pressure is fully released, carefully remove lid.
  • Using foil sling, lift the baking dish out of the Instant Pot. Set pan aside and allow brownies to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Cut brownies into squares or triangles to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 5gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 90mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 3gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 59IUCalcium: 23mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cheesecake brownies, instant pot, walnut and pecan brownies
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brownies on a white plate on a blue and white polka dotted linen on a table next to a vase of flowers with title text reading Instant Pot Brownies

10 thoughts on “Fudgy Instant Pot Brownies Recipe”

    • You mean the kind where the bottom of the pan isn’t attached and can be pushed up and out from the sides? I don’t see why not!

      Reply
    • Hi Carlene, I haven’t tried it but I don’t see why not. If you try it, please come back and let me know what you think of the result.

      Reply
    • Yes! They’ll turn out fine without the nuts. You can also replace the nuts with chocolate chunks if you want without needing to adjust the recipe (or leave them out).

      Reply
  1. At first I thought you’d frosted your brownies, but then I realized it was the shiny top that resulted from being steamed. They look delish!

    Reply
  2. OMG, this is a must-do for me. I do not like the crispy edges of brownies at all – this seems like heaven to me! Do you know how I would adapt it for a 3-qt Instant Pot?

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    • Hi Colleen, I don’t have a 3-quart so this recommendation is my best guess. Cut the recipe in half and bake it in a cake pan that fits inside your 3-quart IP (I found this one on Amazon).

      Reply

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