Panini Press Brownies

by on January 17, 2013

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Panini Happy turns 5 this week! If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the panini press through blogging about it over the past 5 years it’s that it is far from a “just a sandwich maker”. We love panini here, don’t get me wrong. But I’ll admit I get especially excited when I discover another great use for the panini press beyond sandwiches.

I screamed from the rooftops about ice cream cones…I was bullish over bacon…I rejoiced for mini layer cakes. Now…I’m all about Panini Press Brownies.

Panini Press Brownies... get the #recipe at (c) Kathy Strahs

What? How? Why? Allow me to explain.

WHAT: You can bake brownies on your panini press. Really good brownies – chewy, fudgy, just like we like ’em.

HOW: Instead of putting an 8×8 square pan in the oven you just pour brownie batter into an 8-inch cake pan, set it on the panini press and close the lid. The square pan didn’t quite fit on either of my presses, but the shallower round pan did. Set the heat to around medium and check it when chocolate aromas begin to fill the room, about 20 minutes. Brownies are rather forgiving, so even if you bake them a minute or two too little or too much they’ll still taste great.

Panini Press Brownies (c) Kathy Strahs

WHY: When I come up with these crazy ideas for alternative uses for a panini press, I always want to make sure it isn’t a gimmick but there’s a valid, beneficial reason for them. Panini Press Brownies solve the predicament of being without an oven – whether the oven is occupied by other dishes or there actually isn’t one present, such as in a dorm room, workplace, cabin, etc. I purposely chose a brownie recipe (one of my favorites, from King Arthur Flour) that didn’t require the use of a stove, because if you’ve got a stove chances are you’ve got an oven. Dorms, offices and vacation rentals often have microwaves so I adapted the instructions for a microwave. Now that I think about it, you could probably even melt the butter on the panini press as well, eliminating the need for any other appliance at all. Shoot…well, be on the lookout for an update to this post at some point once I try that. 🙂

Panini Press Brownies (c) Kathy Strahs

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda January 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm

GENIUS!! I love how your mind works!!! Seriously awesome.
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2 Kathy January 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Thanks, Amanda. 🙂


3 Karly January 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I love your creative panini maker uses and I love that you do it with a purpose!
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4 Kathy January 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Thanks, Karly – grilling with a purpose is important to me!


5 The Duo Dishes January 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Not even sure how you made this happen! So smart and creative. All of that chocolate is just bursting out. Yum!
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6 Carolyn January 18, 2013 at 5:00 am

You are SERIOUSLY amazing with that thing! These rock. Happy 5th!
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7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 18, 2013 at 7:05 am

What a cool idea–perfect for dorm-room cooking!


8 sally @ sallys baking addiction January 18, 2013 at 7:17 am

Happy Birthday Panini Happy!!! Woo hoo! I’d celebrate with brownies too. You are SO freaking creative girl. I am so impressed with these. I would have never thought this was possible!
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9 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

Where were you when I was in college?! I would have been doing this nightly. 🙂 Happy anniversary to Panini Happy!
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10 Kathy January 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

I was thinking the same thing! Although I’ll bet my freshman 15 would have turned into the freshman 150 with access to these, lol.


11 Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) January 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

This is an amazing idea, Kathy! And a very Happy Blog Birthday to you and Panini Happy! XOXO
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12 Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic January 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

This is amazing! I am so excited to try this out and I’m sure I’ll wow the kids too. That’s a pretty cool thing as they get older. 🙂 And Happy Happy Blog Birthday! I think yours was one of the very first blogs that I started following and I’m so glad to see how much you’ve done with that little ‘ol panini press of yours. 🙂
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13 vanillasugarblog January 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

girl you go!
when i move back to cali we are so getting together and creating recipes!
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14 Kathy January 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm

That would be SO much fun, Dawn!


15 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I’m always up for brownies! You have such creative ideas for using panini makers, I love it.
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16 shelly (cookies and cups) January 23, 2013 at 7:19 am

Omg, this is crazy fantastic!! Love!
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17 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence January 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Where were you 10 years ago when I was a sophomore in college where my only kitchen gadget was a panini press?! This looks so delicious 🙂

Happy Blogiversary!


18 Jen @ Savory Simple January 25, 2013 at 7:34 am

What a totally brilliant way to use a panini press!


19 Shaina January 25, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Love it. What a unique way to get that panini press working.
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20 SweetSugarbelle January 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Who knew!? NEAT IDEA!
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21 Kristina January 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

this is a fantastic idea!! in the summertime when you do not want to turn on your oven, when you’ve just finished making panini and you want the brownies to cook while you eat them, ENDLESS reasons you are a genius!

now I want brownies…
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22 Kristina January 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

oh and Happy Number Five!!
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23 Cookin Canuck January 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

You never cease to amaze me with what you think to do with a panini press. These look amazing! And Happy Blog Birthday to you.
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24 Beki September 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

In plenty of other countries you can actually find a grill and a stovetop, but no oven – like me right now. So I am thrilled to have this idea, thanks!!


25 Kathy Strahs September 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

You’re welcome, Beki – I hope you like them! 🙂


26 deepti April 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm

hi ,
i loved the brownies in the pic….it is amazing you made it in a panini press…wow…i have just purchased one panini press but it is the one with flat plates on both sides ( not removable ) and there is no temperature control.could i still make brownies in that..
please tell me… i will be thrilled if i can..thanks


27 Kathy Strahs June 15, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Hi Deepti — So sorry for the much-delayed response to your question! I’d say it’s worth a try. Without knowing how hot your press gets there’s no way to tell how it will work out, but it could be a fun (and definitely tasty) experiment! ~Kathy


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