By Alyssa Ideboen

Moist and cake-like or tender and chewy, brownies are an easy-to-make dessert or sweet snack. Mixing up the batter is a cinch because recipes often contain common ingredients that most cooks have on hand. Some cooks even have a secret recipe or ingredient that makes their brownies unique. But while the effect is ultimately ruined when brownies end up hard and dry, a few tricks and tips can help give yours the right texture and consistency.

Keep brownies soft by storing them properly.

Step 1

Pour the dry ingredients in small increments into the wet ingredients and mix lightly. Do not over-mix, which can cause the brownies to become hard and tough when they come out of the oven.

Step 2

Use a light-colored pan to bake the brownies. Dark-colored pans tend to burn the edges.

Step 3

Grease the pan thoroughly before adding the batter. Use shortening, cooking spray or unsalted butter to coat the sides and bottom of the pan.

Step 4

Shorten the cooking time by three to five minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies to see if they are done. The toothpick should come out clean.

Step 5

Lower the cooking temperature by 25 degrees. Check the brownies with a toothpick and increase the cooking time if necessary.

Step 6

Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature. Adding a slice of bread to the container will help keep the brownies from becoming stale.