Brownies

Picnics, family reunions, summer bbqs, potlucks – what do they all have in common?  Food, lots of food, delicious food, gooey & chewy food and there is a good chance there are brownies there.

These are dense & chewy brownies; better the 2nd day and completely non-dairy.  My taste-testers (including me) loved these.  I hope you do too.

Brownies
Brownies

1/2 cup (one stick) Earth Balance*

1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco*

3/4 cup cocoa powder

2 cups flour

3 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups egg whites (or 4 eggs)

1/4 tsp salt

4 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coffee extract (optional)

1 package non-dairy chocolate chips

Frosting

1/4 cup butter flavored Crisco or soft Earth Balance

1/2 + 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used cashew)

1/4 heaping cup of cocoa powder

3-4 cups powdered sugar

dash salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 tsp coffee extract (optional)

 

 

Preheat oven to 350*; grease pan; flour greased pan (helps brownies not stick); set aside.  Cream ‘Butter’ & Sugar together; add extracts and cocoa powder to creamed sugar and whisk until smooth.  Whisk in 2 cups flour until smooth.  Add one bag of non-dairy chocolate chips, mix well.  Pour into prepared pan; smooth; bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes; check at 20 minutes and every 5 minutes thereafter until cooked through.

While brownies are cooking, make frosting:  Combine “milk” and “Butter”/Crisco; add cocoa powder and extracts; mix well.  Add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth and no lumps.

Cool brownies completely.  Spread with frosting & let harden; slice & enjoy.

 

Grease pan
Grease pan
Flour greased pan
Flour greased pan
Greased & Floured Pan (helps brownies not stick)
Greased & Floured Pan (helps brownies not stick); set aside
Cream 'Butter' & Sugar together
Cream ‘Butter’ & Sugar together
Add extracts and cocoa powder to creamed sugar;
Add extracts and cocoa powder to creamed sugar;
whisk until smooth.
whisk until smooth.
Whisk in 2 cups flour
Whisk in 2 cups flour
whisk till smooth
whisk till smooth
Add one bag of non-dairy chocolate chips
Add one bag of non-dairy chocolate chips
mix well.
mix well.
Pour into prepared pan.
Pour into prepared pan.
smooth; bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes; check at 20 and every 5 minutes until cooked through
smooth; bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes; check at 20 and every 5 minutes until cooked through
While brownies are cooking, make frosting
While brownies are cooking, make frosting
add cocoa powder and extracts
add cocoa powder and extracts
add powdered sugar
add powdered sugar
Whisk until smooth and no lumps
Whisk until smooth and no lumps
Cool brownies completely.
Cool brownies completely.
Spready with frosting & let harden
Spread with frosting & let harden

Slice & enjoy.

 

* I prefer half Earth Balance and half Crisco – the reason is all Earth Balance makes my baking more rock solid than I like – using half of each of these makes it a texture & density more like butter would.

If you have a go to vegan “egg” substitute you could try it – I don’t know how they would turn out, so if you do make these with an egg substitute, let me know how they turn out.

How do you like your brownies?  Comment & let me know.

 

 

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