• Ashley Margaret Beardsley

Childhood re-Creations: Vegan Cosmic Brownies


Vegan Cosmic Brownies (adapted from The Baking Fairy)

Brownies

2 flaxseed eggs (2 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 Tbsp water)

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2/3 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup earth balance, melted

1 tsp vanilla

Frosting*

1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

2 Tbsp nondairy milk (use more or less to achieve desired consistency)

candy for topping**

Combine the flaxseed and water to make the flax eggs and set aside.

Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment.

Preheat your oven to 350°.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.

Add melted butter, vanilla, and flaxseed eggs.

Mix to combine until the brownie batter is thick.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Smooth out the top with a spatula.

Bake 35 minutes, or until brownie appears dry on top.

Let brownies cool and make the frosting.

Combine the chocolate chips and milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in increments of 15 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Add more milk if the frosting is too thick.

Pour the frosting onto the brownies and sprinkle rainbow chips on top.

Chill in fridge to set the frosting.

*I decided I wanted a more traditional type frosting, so I added about 1/3 cup powdered sugar. This wasn't necessary; I just wasn't feeling the glaze-type frosting of melted chocolate chips.

**Traditionally, cosmic brownies have rainbow chips on top. I couldn't find any vegan rainbow chips, so I bought a candy that was almost like a vegan peanut M&M. It wasn't quite the same, but it was a little something different.

When I was in middle school, the cool thing to do was to get dropped off at school 15-20 minutes early and hang outside with your friends. The sixth graders usually went right into the building, but the seventh and eighth graders stood around gossiping or playing hacky sack. Often, we walked to the convenient store for pop and candy. Enter the cosmic brownie.

Costing $.50, the overly sweet, fudgy, rainbow chip covered brownie was a delightful way to start your morning as a preteen. Made by Little Debbie, my mom also bought boxes of them when requested. The plastic-wrapped treat was a staple in my pre-nondairy days.

I can't remember the last time I had the Little Debbie version. The Baking Fairy's vegan version popped up on my Pinterest feed and compelled me to give it a go. Although the brownies were tasty, I wish I could've found the rainbow chips. Now I'm on the lookout and when I find them, I'll make a proper batch of cosmic brownies.

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