Crispy and chewy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside; these vegan brownie bites I found on Minimalist Baker are pretty spectacular. Combine them with a dark chocolate peppermint drizzle and crushed candy canes, and you have a batch of delicious festive treats perfect for the holidays.
1/2 c. coconut oil (I tried the recipe with vegan butter and that was all I could taste in the finished product…)
3/4 c. turbinado sugar
2 large flax eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. dutch-process cocoa powder (I used dark for a richer chocolate flavor)
3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 c. water
2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/4 c. + 1 tbsp. organic powdered sugar
1 tsp. natural peppermint extract
1/4 c. dutch-process cocoa powder
2 tbsp. water
Additional topping: Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
Directions (adapted from Minimalist Baker)
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray 8 standard-sized muffin tins with cooking spray.
2. Prepare flax eggs (directions here) in a small bowl and let rest for 5 minutes.
3. Place coconut oil in a large mixing bowl and melt in the microwave. Then stir in the flax egg, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Mix until combined and add the flour and water, stirring until a smooth batter forms.
4. Spoon batter evenly into 7-8 muffin tins until 3/4 full and bake on the middle rack for 20-22 minutes, or until the brownies start to pull away from the sides and they spring back slightly to the touch. Be careful not to overcook or they will get crumbly.
5. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before carefully flipping over the tin and removing to cool completely on a cooling rack.
6. After the brownies have cooled, mix the ingredients for the drizzle in a small bowl. Using a spatula or spoon let the drizzle–well, drizzle–over the brownies until well coated. Crush a couple of candy canes into small pieces and sprinkle on top.
7. Optional: You can use the remaining drizzle for a filling; just allow the drizzle to cool/set up until it’s frosting-like in consistency. Take a small wooden dowel or the end of a wooden spoon and carefully make a hole in the bottom of the brownies (about two-thirds of the way). Put the filling into a small ziploc bag, cut a hole on one of the corners and fill the brownies.
8. Allow the drizzle to set before storing and enjoy!