My goal when developing my perfect brownie recipe was to create a dairy free brownie that tasted like it came out of a box when in fact it’s made from scratch. Why was this my goal? Because boxed brownie mix is just so good-one of the ultimate comfort foods from childhood. I tested and tested until I came up with a recipe I was really happy with, but couldn’t figure out the best way to bake them until I came across Alton Brown’s new technique for baking his brownies. The method worked for my dairy free recipe too! It creates a dark and fudgy brownie with a crispy, crackly top. It’s kind of a weird technique but it does result in fudgy fudgy brownies. His way takes a bit longer because you bake the brownies for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven for 15 minutes. After that you bake again for a final 30 minutes resulting in dense and fudgy greatness. If you aren’t loving that method, simply bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
Some notes to consider: I like to use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, in this recipe, but you can use any cocoa powder you have on hand.
I bake my brownies in a true 9×13 inch baking pan. I don’t recommend using a disposable tin for this recipe. Those tins are smaller even though everyone calls them 9×13 inch size. Your baking time will be different than I have listed.
It is traditional to bake with honey at the start of the Jewish New Year-it’s a wish for a Sweet New Year. I personally love honey cake and bake this one from Smitten Kitchen every year. My recipe for honey cookies is also insanely popular during this season. I also have a recipe for honey sugar cookies that are perfect for cutting out cookie shapes, apple honey crumb muffins that are moist, sweet, and delicious, as well as honey whoopie pies for the more adventurous baker. But not everybody loves the taste of honey in their desserts. For those people I present you with honey bear blondies. I call them “honey bear” because everybody knows about the plastic bears that honey comes in. Blondies, or blonde brownies are basically brownies without chocolate in the batter. I have a recipe for blondies I shared a few years ago. It makes soft, cake like chocolate chip cookie squares and it’s delicious. The addition of honey in this recipe makes super fudgy, thick, dense cookie squares with the slightest hint of honey flavor. I found 2 similar recipes for honey blondies: one from Martha Stewart, and the other from the Ovenly cookbook that is floating around the internet and used those to come up with this recipe. My recipe is dairy free, quick, and easy. All the ingredients are easy to find, I’m sure you have everything you need right in your pantry already!
I’m back with a new recipe! I’ve barely been baking these last few months, and while I’m always coming up with recipes I want to share here, life has just been getting in the way. I’ve been blogging on and off for over 7 years now! At times I find myself posting weekly, while other times I take longer breaks. I started this journey to share my baking journey with family and friends without a plan of where I wanted it to take me. I still don’t have a clear idea, I do know that I love creating delicious dessert recipes to share and that is what I hope to focus on for a bit. I’ve been pretty unmotivated in the baking department lately, but sharing this (my thoughts and my recipe) feels really good. I hope you like this dairy free, easy, quick, delicious recipe for oatmeal raisin cookie sticks. It’s a great alternative for those who don’t love chocolate or simply need a break. Is that even a thing? These cookie sticks are sweet, crispy and chewy. Plus, they freeze great! The key to these or any recipe that calls for raisins, is to soak them in boiling water before mixing them into the dough. The hot water plumps the raisins right up and keeps them moist inside the cookie sticks. Just make sure to strain the water out of the raisins before using them.