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

This recipe makes 12 chunky brownie pieces.

    INGREDIENTS

    BROWNIES
  • 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. Cream together the dairy-free butter and caster sugar with an electric hand or standing whisk, until it is lighter in colour. Add in the vanilla extract and continue to mix until it's fully incorporated.
  2. Fold in the sifted flour, a bit at a time. Don't over mix it though. Take out your mixture onto a floured surface, and bring the dough together into a large ball.
  3. Split your dough into 4 equal pieces and knead in your coloured gel. Wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
  4. Take your dough out of the fridge and grab small balls of each colour and layer them up in the palm of your hand. Once all the dough has been used, knead it a few times on a floured surface so your colours mix. Don't do it too much or your colours will over mix. Roll your dough to 1cm thick and cut your shortbread using a cutter or knife. Place onto a lined baking tray and place it back in the fridge for another 30 minutes.
  5. Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees. Take out your shortbread, and sprinkle lightly with caster sugar. Put them into the oven for about 20 minutes. I'd recommend keeping an eye on your shortbread from 15 minutes. They should feel slightly firm to touch in the centre. Take the tray out the oven and leave on the side for 5 minutes, before putting your shortbread on a wire rack.
  6. Once your shortbread has cooled, it's time to make your nests. Break your shredded wheat up into small pieces and pour over your melted chocolate. Coat your shortbread however you like, and leave to harden.
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.