I don’t know about you, but at this time of year my inner Martha starts to come out and I begin to make a baking wish list. As I’ve mentioned, I have recipes that are holiday favourites that I look forward to year after year (did you see my family’s recipe for shortbread last week?), but I also love trying new ideas. And now having a gluten- free hubby, my baking has taken on a new twist, but I still want him to have some yummy treats to snack on. I’m lucky to have several girlfriends who also have to go gluten- free & have given me some great ideas. One of these friends, Bronwyn (aka Momma B), recently started her own baking business and she has kindly given me a great recipe for GF brownies 3 ways for the holidays. I’m looking forward to whipping up a few batches of these and hope you’ll add them to your baking list this year. <3
And now, here’s Bronwyn…
I don’t know about you, but brownies are a favourite around my house. They are always a big hit, and were an item that would be missed if I hadn’t been able to find a way to make them gluten-free when we made this diet change.
I thought in the spirit of the holidays it would be fun to look for ways to make this family fave into a treat to share and impress! First off is our recipe, then 3 ways to work with this recipe to have some extra fun.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
⅔ cup warm water (warm water helps bring out the chocolate flavour)
1 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
⅔ cup oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
1 cup rice flour
1 cup tapioca flour
¼ cup potato starch
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoon baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13″ x 9″ pan. Combine warm water and cocoa powder & set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, xanthan gum, baking powder, and sugar.
3. Add oil, eggs, and vanilla to cocoa mixture. Stir to thoroughly combine.
4. Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture and stir well to combine.
5. Spread brownie batter into greased pan & bake for 25 minutes.
6.Allow to cool completely before serving (or topping with icing or details as we describe below).
These are all easy ways to holiday-up a favourite food while getting your kids involved too!
The first way to change up the classic brownie is to repurpose them into cute trees.
For this, bake the brownies as usual, then cut them into triangle shapes. Next use some green icing (I suggest a royal icing) to draw lines across to make it look like a tree. Use sprinkles or decorations of your choice to enhance your tree and a small candy cane (not the hook end, break that off) or peppermint stick and insert it into the bottom of the triangle as the tree stem.
Again, this uses already cooked brownies, so go ahead and follow the above recipe. Once cooled, take small chunks and roll them into a ball shape. VERY EASY!
Then take said ball and roll it into the topping of your choice. Some options include cocoa, icing sugar, cinnamon sugar, coconut, sprinkles, crushed up candy canes…this is your chance to be creative!
BrownieCookie Cutter Gifts
These are meant as a giveaway item. I have used them as a packaged treat to send home as a substitute for a goodie bag after a holiday get together, or even as a small gift with a card for some friends and family during the holidays.
Take the baked brownies and use a shaped cutter that you don’t mind giving away. I found some cute ones at the dollar store, so it wasn’t too much of an investment. Use the cookie cutters to cut out the cooled brownies. Depending on the shapes you get, then use icing or candy to decorate. I like using little holiday smarties from the bulk aisle, or some small candy cane pieces for a peppermint twist.
Then take them and wrap in a cute holiday themed or clear bag. Finish with some ribbon and maybe add a cute tag or ornament to dress it up. (The best part is if you do these, you can use the extra brownie from around the edges of your cookie cutters to make the Brownie Balls recipe from above).
If you’re looking for some yummy treats for the holidays & don’t have the time (or are afraid you’ll burn your house down trying!) make sure you check out the talents of this lovely lady!
I’m always up for trying new things, and I love finding ways of adding nutrition to my cooking & baking. Now don’t think I’m delusional or anything, I’m not trying to say brownies are healthy, but I’ll take the chance to add some fibre, etc. And hey, if they fool the hubby, they’ll fool the kids too! 😉
Honestly, these things are SO MOIST it’s incredible! They actually remind me of the giant double chocolate muffins at Costco! 😉
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