Today it’s time to take a little sidestep from all this overly healthy eating and enjoy some Double Decker Brownies. It’s part of a new series I’m calling Free For All Fridays! Here’s my theory, all work and no play can be kind of boring. Hmm, come to think of it, I don’t think that’s my saying. Oh well, let’s go with it!
So we’re smackdab in the middle of January. It’s cold outside. I mean really cold! OK. Not North Dakota cold, but still, it’s cold. And do you know what I’m thinking?
It’s time for a little Free For All Friday! That means I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favorite recipes from the past and a new one for today, Double Decker Brownies. My hubby finally worked his way through all the holiday sweets and I found myself needing to make something new.
I love it when that happens!
But first, a little blast from the past.
Bleak Midwinter Roundup
- Holiday Snack Mix First up? A little healthy holiday snack mix to nix any winter doldrums.
- Mini Magic Bars Feel the magic with these bite-size dreamy treats!
- Broccoli Salad A vegan twist to a traditional salad
- Cranberry Upside Down Cake An elegant cake with lots of wholesome cranberries and orange zest to boost!
- Tropical Muffins Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we can’t add a tropical flair…especially to those morning muffins!
- Red Beans and Rice Quiet winter evenings and hearty stews go together like red beans and rice!
- Vegan Chick Nachos The Superbowl makes a good excuse for some great snacking. These nachos are on my All-star list!
- Double Chocolate Caramel Cookies Cookies, soy milk and a good book – now that’s a recipe for a perfect winter’s day
Now it’s time to make way for something a little new.
I decided to snazz up our traditional brownies by adding a layer of Chunky Monkey Cookie dough on the bottom followed by some Coffee-infused Chocolate Brownies on top. Snazz up is a word, right?
Well, whether it is or not, it worked in this case. Double Decker Brownies all Snazzy and delicious!
Double Decker Brownies
- 1 batch Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- 1 batch Java Brownies (recipe follows)
- Begin by heating your oven to 350F and preparing a 9 x 12 baking dish. I sprayed mine with some vegetable spray.
- Prepare the Peanut Butter Cookie dough as directed. Press the dough into the bottom of your prepared baking dish. Place in the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool thoroughly. That’s an important step and one I often try to push. Go paint your nails or browse through Pinterest to help the time pass.
- Prepare the Java Brownie dough. Pour the brownie batter over the baked and cooled peanut butter layer. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.
(Inspired by a recipe in La Dolce Vegan! called Espresso Brownies)
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee (I used Starbuck’s Via Cinnamon Spice)
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup soymilk
- 1 cup oil
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- Normally you’d begin a recipe for brownies by heating the oven and preparing a pan, but since this is the base for the Double Decker Brownies, we’ll skip that part. However, if you’d like to make these brownies sans the peanut butter bottom level, begin by heating your oven to 350F and spraying a 9 X 12 baking pan with vegetable spray.
- In a medium bowl combine the water and instant coffee. Stir a bit and set it aside.
- In a separate medium bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir a bit and set it aside.
- Now, grab that bowl with the coffee water in it and add the soymilk and oil. Stir it a bit and then pour half of it into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir to ensure all the dry ingredients are incorporated and then add the remainder of the wet ingredients. Brownies are tender spirited so you don’t want to stir too much. Just make sure everything is well incorporated, then add the chocolate chips and you’re ready to bake!
- If you’re baking these solo, bake for about 40 minutes. You’ll know when they’re done because you’ll smell them throughout the house. That and you can use those tried and true tests like inserting a toothpick or lightly pressing the center of the brownies to see if it springs back. If you’re baking these as part of the Double Decker Brownie, follow the steps above for baking.
Here’s to bleak midwinters and this fabulous Friday Free for All!