Gluten and Dairy Free Outrageous Brownies

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I love baking for my friends. As a teenager, I always brought a little sweet treat along with me wherever I was invited and it was always welcomed. In college, I found myself to be a prodigy housewife of sorts; always baking for my next door neighbors. The look of surprise and delight is enough for me to enjoy doing so. Anyhow, one thing that I made quite often in my younger years was Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies. They were always a crowd pleaser at all the dinners and sleepovers in my youth, as well a personal favourite. Since giving up gluten, I had yet to make the decadent dessert so I decided to dust off the recipe and give it a new twist. I made the recipe without gluten and dairy, which I found was much easier then I had anticipated. I also used only cocoa powder in the mix and semi-sweet chocolate chunks for the chips.

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Jocelynn’s Outrageous Brownies: Makes 12 brownies

11 oz cocoa powder

3 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate

16 oz vegan butter (earth balance)

2 T instant coffee

1 c + 6 T sugar (separated)

2 eggs

3 t vanilla

2/3 c flour (Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free AP)

1/2 T Baking powder

1/2 t Salt

Preheat the oven to 350℉. Melt the butter, 6 tablespoons of sugar, and cocoa powder together in a double boiler. In a bowl, mix together eggs, remaining sugar, instant coffee, and vanilla. Allow the butter mixture to cool to body temperature, then add it to the egg mixture in stages, to prevent the eggs from cooking. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt on top of the chocolate mix, then fold it into the batter. Chop the semi-sweet chocolate into chunks, then coat them in a tablespoon of flour. Fold them into the mix. Pour into a half-size baking pan (a square cake pan) and bake for 15-20 minutes. Check with a cake tester for doneness.

Note: Allow the brownies too cool considerably before enjoying, or they will crumble! I have found this issue to be the same in Ina Garten’s recipe. Enjoy with a tall glass of cold almond milk.

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Holiday Cookie Guide

When the holidays come around, I want to give everyone I know something special, but can never think of something to get them. As a young lady, not so fresh out of college, trying to make it on my own, I find it is hard to stay on a budget and get all of my loved ones something they will enjoy. That is, until I realized that all I needed was some sugar!

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Holiday treats are the easiest thing to prepare! It is a fun way for me to get creative and festive, while also stretching my ever thinning dollar. For those of you that aren’t culinary savvy, there are boxed mixes by the hundreds all neatly arranged in a single isle at your local grocer. I find, most of the boxed mixes are even more affordable then making things from scratch.

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I truly love to bake though, so I decided do it the old fashioned way. By doing that I also ensure that the goods I’m making are more wholesome, organic, and don’t have any funny chemicals in them that we all can do without.

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I also love that you can cater to peoples dietary needs so easily these days. I find EVERY party I go to there is nothing for me to eat. It can be really draining because I always stick out like a sore thumb and have to explain why my plate has nothing on it but some dried out crudite thirty times. By bringing holiday treats that are low-key gluten free or vegan (or both!) you are not only helping yourself out, but are helping out those who are on special diets, but hate being the odd man out. I mean, when your dairy-free cookies are devoured, but the butter creme frosted yule log remains, you know your doing something right! You’re also helping others by bringing healthier choices. Talk about giving in the spirit of Christmas 😉

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Without further delay, my holiday favorites! These are truly great recipes. You can also make a lot of these interchangeably with or without gluten and dairy, as I have listed.

HOLIDAY TREAT GUIDE:

  1. Shortbread Cookies. HERE they are gluten free; HERE they are not.
  2. Truffles. A no brainer. Swap out dairy with coconut mylk.
  3. Gingerbread. HERE is gluten free cake; HERE is gluten filled.
  4. Brittle. This version is nut-free.
  5. Ina Gartens Brownies. They are a little more laborious, but amazing. Easily made Gluten Free (because there is so little flour).
  6. Brown Butter Cookies. Swap 1/2 cup of salted caramel into the batter for the white sugar, you won’t regret it.
  7. Dorie & Pierre’s Cookies. Dorie Greenspan is a cookie specialist. She once gave me her book, Baking Chez Moiafter giving her family a quick lesson on how to froth milk. She is a very down-to-earth Connecticutian and her peace cookies are the perfect family recipe.
  8. Madeleines. I have yet to met someone that doesn’t like them.
  9. Salted Caramel Tartlets. Make small ones so people won’t feel guilty diving in.
  10. For those Holiday Birthdays, ANY of Linda Lomelinos Cakes will be both instagram worthy, as well as taste worthy. Fair warning, they are intricate so be prepared to spend a lot of time on them.

 

 

Hope this helps!

Happy Holidays,

Jocelynn 🎄