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Recipe of the Week: Candy Cane Brownies!

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Posted December 2, 2010 by Rachelle Owen

I ? December! Why? My apartment smells like cinnamon, my cats are planning their destruction of the tree, the air outside is cold, and all is right in the world. But holidays aren’t always a joy—especially if you have a carnivorous family breathing down your vegan neck. No fear! The holidays are a perfect time to show your fam that you can eat vegan and not sacrifice anything—and to help prove it, December’s Recipe of the Week theme is holiday treats!

First up? Candy cane brownies, of course!

What you need:

  • A box of fudge brownie mix—try Duncan Hines chewy walnut brownie mix if you’re down with walnuts
  • Apple sauce—use 1/4 cup applesauce to replace each egg in the recipe (you can also use silken tofu or bananas for this, get more info here)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • A cup or so of walnuts—this is optional and only if you bought a mix sans walnuts
  • A metal or glass baking pan—I recommend a 9×9 but a 13×9 is fine too
  • Vanilla frosting—I  used Pillsbury’s Easy Frost
  • A few mini candy canes

Alright—let’s bake! Mix your brownie mix, apple sauce, water, and vegetable oil in a large bowl until creamy and smooth. If you want to add walnuts, go ahead! Put a little bit of oil on your hands or on a paper towel and grease the inside of your baking pan so the mix doesn’t stick when you pour it in. Pour your mixture into your baking pan (note: the wider your pan is, the thinner your brownies will be) evenly.

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and once it’s ready, throw your brownies in there. Bake for about 30 minutes or until you can stick a knife or toothpick in the middle, pull it out, and not see any brownie gook on it.

Once your brownies are done cookin’, cool them—seriously. Wait until they’re completely cooled and then bust out your frosting. I used a little red food coloring and pre-mixed it into the vanilla frosting, but you skip that part if you’d like. Frost your brownies and then sprinkle crushed candy canes on top (hint: I threw some mini candy canes in a plastic baggy and used a glass to break them apart).

Ta-da! Candy cane brownies!


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  • 1311 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I didn’t know that they sold vegan cake mix 😀

  • 1660 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Ok I made this last night at 8pm then I woke up this morning a half of it was gone!!! My little brother went crazy for these things. It was soooo easy =) I am sooo making this again. I made little changes though. I subbed half the oil for apple sauce and I added one or two drops of mint flavor to the frosting. SO GOOD!!! THANK YOU!

  • 1663 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I made this recipe like a week ago! SO DELICIOUS if you love mint and chocolate combo, but i think next time im gonna break the candy canes until they turn powder and sprinkle on top of icing. Mmmm IDEAS!

  • 1663 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yum :)

  • 1671 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I AM SO MAKING THIS TOMORROW! YUM!!!!!!!

  • 1676 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I now have something new to love in life.

  • 1677 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Mmmm! Definately going to mae these!

  • 1677 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that sounds and looks so good !
    would definitely attempt making this:D

  • Lea

    1677 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Brownies are my favorite thing ever! I’m so bringing these to the Christmas potluck at work!

  • 1677 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Simple. Minty. I’m off to the store now! Will report back after the creation of the deliciousness.

  • 1677 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yumm! I’m deff making these tonight!

  • 1678 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    that looks pretty good and i just bought some candy canes too

  • 1678 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Brownies. Candy Canes. Brownies AND Candy Canes?! YUMMMMMMM!!!!!

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