Cherry Cordial Brownies

Cherry Cordial Brownies
Recipe found at http://thetolerantvegan.com/2012/03/cherry-cordial-brownies/

Makes 16 brownies

Brownie ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon ground flax
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup almonds, ground (or 1.5 cups almond flour)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread or other non-dairy butter substitute
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups vegan refined sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting ingredients:

  • 4 cups vegan confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread, softened
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Line an 8x8" baking pan with parchment paper and grease all sides (I used Earth Balance).
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the flax seed and water and set aside.
  4. If you are grinding your own almonds, pour them into a food processor or blender and blend.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the ground almonds (or almond flour), cocoa powder, sea salt and baking soda.
  6. In a small bowl, microwave the Earth Balance and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips until melted.
  7. Stir in the flax mixture, refined sugar, almond milk and vanilla extract.
  8. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until fully combined. The batter will be very thick and dry, but don't freak out. This is a good thing.
  9. Fold in the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and spread the batter into the baking pan. I recommend using your fingers to evenly distribute the batter.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly.
  11. Once the brownies are done, allow them to cool completely. This is going to take some time. I put mine by the window and they cooled in about an hour.
  12. Once the brownies are cool, make the frosting by combining all ingredients in a large bowl and mixing on low-medium speed.
  13. Frost and devour.
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