How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot — Who doesn’t love a good brownie? And who doesn’t love an easy brownie recipe?

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How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot
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With fall coming, and the start of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I having been putting my Instant Pot to work in the dessert area this week. There is nothing better than a plate of brownies after a long hard day of work.

So good and easy!

How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot

Making Brownies In The Instant Pot!

Making brownies in the Instant Pot is a convenient and efficient method that yields deliciously moist and fudgy treats. To begin, prepare your brownie batter according to your preferred recipe, ensuring it’s well-mixed and free of lumps. Next, pour the batter into a greased or lined baking pan that fits comfortably inside the Instant Pot. Add water to the Instant Pot insert, then carefully place the pan on a trivet inside the pot. Cook the brownies on high pressure for the specified time, typically around 25-30 minutes, then allow for a natural pressure release before removing the pan. Once cooled, slice into squares and serve your perfectly cooked Instant Pot brownies for a delightful dessert that’s sure to impress!

How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot

Why You Will Love This Recipe!

You’ll love this recipe for making boxed brownies in the Instant Pot for several reasons:

  • Efficiency: The Instant Pot allows for quick, hands-off cooking, making it a convenient option for busy days or when you don’t want to heat the oven.

  • Moist and Fudgy Texture: The steam generated in the Instant Pot creates a moist and fudgy texture in the brownies, resulting in a decadent treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

  • Consistent Results: The controlled cooking environment of the Instant Pot ensures even heat distribution, leading to consistent and perfectly cooked brownies every time.

  • Versatility: You can customize your boxed brownies with various mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, nuts, or swirls of caramel, allowing you to create your unique flavor combinations.

  • Minimal Cleanup: With only one pot to clean, making boxed brownies in the Instant Pot minimizes kitchen mess and simplifies baking, giving you more time to enjoy your delicious treats.

Ingredients Needed For Making Instant Pot Brownies From A Box

Creating Instant Pot brownies from a boxed mix offers a convenient and efficient way to enjoy decadent treats with minimal effort. You can quickly whip up deliciously moist and fudgy brownies with just a few simple ingredients and your trusty Instant Pot.

How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Boxed Brownie Mix: The foundation of your Instant Pot brownies, a boxed brownie mix provides the essential dry ingredients, including flour, sugar, and cocoa powder, for quick and easy preparation.
  • Eggs: Eggs act as a binding agent in the brownie batter, ensuring proper structure and moisture retention for a tender and chewy texture.
  • Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil adds moisture to the brownie batter, contributing to its fudgy consistency and preventing dryness during cooking.
  • Water: Water creates steam in the Instant Pot, which helps cook the brownies evenly and keeps them moist throughout the process.
  • Mix-ins (optional): Optional mix-ins such as chocolate chips, nuts, or caramel swirls can be added to customize your Instant Pot brownies and enhance their flavor and texture according to your preference.

How to Make Instant Pot Brownies

To make Instant Pot brownies, follow these simple steps:

How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot


Add all ingredients and brownie mix to a large bowl until well blended. Spray your pan with cooking spray, and then fill about 2/3 the way full. 

How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot




Cover tightly with foil. Add your water to the Instant Pot Bowl, and then add your baking pan on top. 

How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot



Recipe Variations

There are several recipe variations you can try to customize your Instant Pot brownies:

  • Add Mix-ins: Stir in your favorite mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, nuts, or marshmallows, into the brownie batter before pouring it into the Instant Pot. These additions will add extra texture and flavor to your brownies.

  • Swirls of Peanut Butter or Caramel: Create swirls of peanut butter or caramel sauce on top of the brownie batter in the pan before cooking. Use a knife to gently swirl the sauce into the batter for a deliciously decadent treat.

  • Use Different Flavors of Brownie Mix: Experiment with different flavors of boxed brownie mix, such as fudge, chocolate, or salted caramel, to create unique variations of Instant Pot brownies.

  • Top with Frosting or Glaze: Once the brownies are cooked and cooled, drizzle them with your favorite frosting or glaze for an extra layer of sweetness. You can use chocolate ganache, cream cheese frosting, or a powdered sugar glaze.

  • Add Spices: Enhance the flavor of your brownies by adding spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or espresso powder to the batter. These spices will add depth and complexity to the brownies’ chocolatey goodness.

  • Layer with Cookie Dough: To create a layered dessert, press a layer of cookie dough into the bottom of the baking pan before pouring the brownie batter on top. Combining cookie dough and brownie batter will create irresistible cookie brownie bars.

  • Top with Ice Cream: Serve your warm Instant Pot brownies topped with a scoop of your favorite ice cream for an indulgent dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. The warm brownies and ice cream contrast in temperatures and textures.

How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot

Pro Tips

Here are some pro tips to ensure your boxed brownies turn out perfectly in the Instant Pot:

  • Properly Grease the Pan: Make sure to thoroughly grease the bottom and sides of the baking pan to prevent the brownies from sticking. You can use cooking spray or brush the pan with melted butter or oil.
  • Use the Right Size Pan: Choose a baking pan that fits comfortably inside your Instant Pot while still leaving some space around the edges. This will allow for proper circulation of steam during cooking.
  • Add Flavor Enhancers: Enhance the flavor of your boxed brownies by adding a splash of vanilla extract or a pinch of espresso powder to the batter. These flavor enhancers will elevate the taste of the brownies and give them a richer, more complex flavor.
  • Check for Doneness: Use a toothpick or cake tester to check for doneness before removing the brownies from the Instant Pot. Insert the toothpick into the center of the brownies—if it comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs, they’re ready.
  • Allow for Natural Release: After the cooking time is complete, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for a few minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure. This will help prevent the brownies from sinking or collapsing.
  • Cool Completely Before Slicing: Let the brownies cool completely in the pan before slicing them into squares. This allows them to set properly and ensures clean, neat slices.
  • Serve with Ice Cream or Whipped Cream: For an extra special treat, warm your Instant Pot brownies with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. The combination of warm brownies and cold toppings is irresistible!
How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot


Can I Use Any Type of Boxed Brownie Mix? Yes, you can use any boxed brownie mix type for this recipe. Follow the instructions on the box to prepare the batter before cooking in the Instant Pot.

Do I Need to Adjust the Cooking Time for Different Instant Pot Models? Cooking times may vary slightly depending on the size and model of your Instant Pot. It’s always a good idea to refer to the recipe instructions and adjust the cooking time based on your specific Instant Pot model.

Can I Double the Recipe? Yes, you can double the recipe if you have a larger Instant Pot and a pan that fits comfortably inside. However, be sure not to overfill the pan, as the brownies may not cook evenly.

Can I Use a Springform Pan or Silicone Mold? Yes, you can use a springform pan or silicone mold to make Instant Pot brownies. Ensure it fits comfortably inside your Instant Pot and is suitable for pressure cooking.

How Do I Prevent Condensation on the Brownies? Condensation may form on the top of the brownies during cooking, but this is normal and won’t affect the taste or texture. If desired, you can blot away any excess moisture with a paper towel after cooking.

Can I Store Leftover Brownies? Yes, leftover brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life. They can also be frozen for extended storage. Thaw them at room temperature or warm them in the microwave before serving.

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How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot

How to Make Boxed Brownies in the Instant Pot

3.68 from 34 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings


Instant Pot brownies are one of the easiest desserts you can make. In just a few minutes, you can have delicious, fudgy brownies that are perfect for any occasion. Plus, they’re much healthier than traditional brownies made with butter and sugar. If you’re looking for an easy dessert that everyone will love, give Instant Pot brownies a try!


  • 1 package brownie mix, any type
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  • Pour your brownie mix into the mixer, then add your water, oil, and egg. Mix well.
  • Then spray your IP safe pan and then transfer the prepared brownie mix to an Instant Pot safe pan.
  • For all PIP recipes, you need to add at least 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot, so that the IP can come up to pressure.
  • Place a paper towel or napkin over, and then cover them both up with foil.
  • Press manual and set the time for 45 minutes. Make sure the vent is sealed.
  • Do a natural release, when done.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


  • Baking Pan
  • Instant Pot
  • Foil
  • Cooking Spray
  • Paper towel


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.05gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 98mgPotassium: 4mgSugar: 16gVitamin A: 17IUCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg

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