Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Brownies

Friday, 1 December 2017

Welcome to the first day of blogmas.

I'm happy to see you here, and I hope you enjoy the next 24 days.

Everyday leading up to Christmas, I will be sharing a festive inspired post. During the week, I'll be going super creative, creating something decorative for your home, or a gift to share, or like today, making something edible. You can find out exactly what I've got planned by reading my blogmas announcement.

dairy-free vegan chocolate peppermint oreo brownies

I remember, maybe about 4-5 years ago, I baked the most amazing brownies ever. The top had a slight crunch, and the centre was soft and fudgey. It was the perfect brownie. I would even label it as one of the best bakes I had ever made. Now, you've seen the title and know I'm going to be sharing a brownie recipe, but the only problem is, I have no idea where that recipe is. I could go on a big search and try and find it, but another problem is, it contains eggs, which is something that is no longer in my diet. I really haven't started blogmas in the most positive way have I? Don't worry, it's going to end in a really tasty way.

dairy-free vegan chocolate peppermint oreo brownies

Brownies have always be my favourite. They're like a cake, but so much richer and chocolatier... just little bites of heaven. I say little, but cutting brownies into smaller pieces doesn't mean anything to me. I will eat them all, and regret it hours later. Regret, then repeat obviously. As you can see, I am very passionate about brownies. As we have started blogmas, I have given these brownies a little Christmas twist. A minty twist. These brownies have a layer of peppermint frosting. The combination of the two are just perfect. You get the rich chocolate from the brownies, and a sweetness from the frosting. How can you forget these adorable homemade candy cane sprinkles to finish off... but wait, there's more!

More I hear you cry.

Yes. There is more.

Not only is there a peppermint frosting on top, tucked away inside are mint creme oreos! I am so obsessed with the different flavoured oreos, thank god they brought them over here as I was getting very jealous. These brownies are filled with oreo pieces, which gives the brownies a little crunch amongst all that fudgeyness. You can stick to original oreos, take them out completely, or add any biscuit inside. If you find a better alternative, please let me know!

Learning how to make chocolate peppermint brownies with @helloaycan

You can have brownies which are more like cake, or more like fudge, and these brownies are totally fudgey-like. My favourite kind. They have such a rich texture, and they're so creamy. You'll either get a crunch of oreo, or a chocolate chunk in every bite. Oh, I forgot to mention, these are totally vegan too! I will have to say, I am very proud of how these turned out, and they definitely will be remade into something new and exciting next year, but for now, let's get baking!

dairy-free vegan chocolate peppermint oreo brownies

Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Brownies

(Makes 12)

INGREDIENTS

BROWNIE

  • 200g dark chocolate (check there is no milk)
  • 1 1/4 cup / 160g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup / 100g sugar (I used half caster + light brown sugar)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 tbsp light flavourless oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extracts
  • 1 cup / 260ml dairy-free milk
  • 80g of mint creme oreos

PEPPERMINT FROSTING

  • 2 tbsp dairy-free butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extracts
  • 1-3 tsp dairy-free milk
  • food colouring (optional)
  • candy cane sprinkles (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C / 160 degrees C (fan) / 350F / gas mark 5. Grease and line a baking tin with parchments paper.
  2. Fill a small saucepan about a quarter full with hot water, then sit a bowl on top, making sure it doesn't touch the bottom. Put on a low heat and melt 150g of chocolate. Alternatively, place the chocolate in a bowl and microwave in 20-second blasts, stirring well each time. Leave the melted mixture to cool at room temperature.
  3. Sifted the self-raising flour, cocoa powder and sugar into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. Add the liquids (oil, vanilla and dairy-free milk), into the dry ingredients, along with the melted chocolate and mix well.
  5. Chop the remaining chocolate, and break the oreos into small pieces and fold into the mixture.
  6. Pour the brownie mixture into your lined tin, and bake for 20-25 minutes. It should feel springy, and soft in the centre. Leave the brownies to cool, while you prepare your frosting.
  7. Using an electronic whisk, whisk together the dairy-free butter and vegetable shortenings until they're soft and light. Add in 1 cup of icing sugar at a time until fully combined. Add a little milk if needed, along with the peppermint and food colouring (make sure it's a gel). Once the brownies have fully cooled, spread the frosting evenly, and top with sprinkles. Cut up into generous pieces and enjoy.
Adapted from 'Vegan Chocolate Brownies' by Jamie Oliver
dairy-free vegan chocolate peppermint oreo brownies

There are plenty more bakes to come this month, and I'm sure you're going to love them all. If you're not into baking, I have lots of other posts for you, don't worry. Don't forget you can keep up with what's happening during blogmas on my special online advent calendar. Let me know in the comments below if you're a fan of brownies, and what is your favourite Christmas bake, maybe you'll see it here soon.

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