Recipe of the Week: Candy Cane Brownies!
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!