How To Fix Too Much Oil In Brownies? – (Or What To Do Them?)

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According to a survey, most people try brownies first when they start baking because they are easy to make. However, measuring the right amount of fat that goes into your brownie batter is important to get the perfect bake. Excessive oil is the most common cause of failed brownies. 

So, how do you fix too much oil in brownie batter or baked brownies?

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Here are a few fixes for your failed brownies in the hope that they will save you time and money.

What Happens if I Put Too Much Oil In Brownie Batter?

Baking is all about understanding the science of ingredient quantity. If you double or triple any ingredient, it is obvious that you must also increase the other quantities in the same ratio. 

Adding too much oil will ruin the texture of your brownies, making them very loose, soft, and oily, and the pieces will not hold together after baking.

How To Fix Too Much Oil in brownie batter?

If you over-oil your brownie batter, you can manage it up and fix it by trying to add other dry ingredients. 

Here are a few fixes:

  • Put additional plain flour and mix the batter until it disappears. Extra flour will absorb the excessive oil. Ensure that you add plain flour little by little. For example, mix a teaspoon and see if the batter looks fine now. If not, add 1 tsp again. This way, you will save the batter from excessive flour. 
  • The second good option is adding cocoa powder. Add one teaspoon, mix it and check the batter. Add more if needed. Additional cocoa powder will enhance the chocolate flavor and mask the oily texture.
  • You can also mix both, i.e., flour and cocoa powder. This option is best as it will enhance the chocolate flavor while absorbing the excessive oil. Add 1 tablespoon flour and 0. To1 teaspoon cocoa powder. Mix them until the batter consistency becomes normal.
  • If you used a brownie mix, add more of it. Add a few teaspoons, mix it and check the consistency. Add more if needed. 

Because the volume will increase, I prefer baking the brownies for an additional 5-10 minutes in a slightly larger pan.

Why Are My Brownies Too Oily?

It is strongly advised to use high-quality chocolate and butter. 

Using old chocolate, which has been sitting on the store shelf or in the pantry for a while, can also result in oily brownies. Ensure buying fresh chocolate from a store that has a high turnover.

Another reason is the fat content, such as butter or oil, is far too high. This will affect the brownie batter to bubble while baking and leave the brownie top oily.

How can this be fixed?

In your brownie recipe, use the appropriate amount of butter. The recipe’s large amount of fat will cause your brownie to bubble.

Also, make use of high-quality chocolate. Callebaut, Lindt, and Ghirardelli are recommended.

How to fix too much oil in baked brownies?

As discussed earlier in this post, there are several reasons for an oily brownie. But don’t worry if you end up with really oily brownies; there are several ways to fix them.

How Can This Be Fixed?

After the brownies have cooled, cut them into equal pieces and place them on paper towels to absorb any remaining grease.
Next, drizzle your brownies with a little bit of milk to help them absorb moisture and avoid looking greasy.

How to fix too much butter in the brownies?

Excess butter will cause same problems as excess oil causes. The fixes are also the same. Adding more dry ingredients will improve the batter and using a paper towel to absorb excess oil in the baked brownies will solve your problem.

What To Do With Too Oily Brownies?

If the above tip fails to work, do not worry, and never throw your brownies away. 

  • Check the flavor of the brownies if you find it satisfactory, break it up into small pieces. 
  • Then combine heavy cream, condensed milk, and a splash of vanilla. 
  • Toss in the brownie pieces. 
  • Pour into a freezer-safe container. Freeze. 
  • Relish some vanilla ice cream with brownie bits 8-10 hours later. 

If you have a backup plan, no baking project will fail. If the brownies taste terrible, add more Nutella until they don’t, then repeat the recipe. 

Or you can refer to our article (Creative ways to use brownies)

My Favorite Brownie Pan:

Try out my favorite brownie pan with a built-in cutter. You must have this thing in your kitchen if you bake brownies regularly.


Your brownies may end up looking oily or greasy if you add old chocolates or too much fat content, such as butter or oil. 

You can fix oily brownie batter by adding more dry ingredients such as flour, cocoa powder, or both. 

But if you were unable to fix it on time, you can also fix too much oil in baked brownies. Cut the brownie into pieces, put them on a paper towel, and let it absorb the excess oil. Then add a few splashes of milk so the brownies can avoid looking greasy. 

If none of this works for you, you can still use your oily brownies. Mix them with other ingredients (such as condensed milk or heavy cream), freeze and serve along with ice cream.

I hope you found your answer in this article.

Read more: 8 Creative & Tasty Ways To Use Leftover Or Hard Brownies!

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