Thursday, June 5, 2014

gluten free vegan frosted chocolate cookie bars


Is it a brownie? Is it a cookie? Well, it's a little bit of both. Soft, gooey chocolate cookies, baked in the form of bars. Oh, and don't forget that dairy free chocolate frosting. That frosting that I couldn't stop "taste-testing." I've never made frosting with coconut oil before and I'm so glad I tried it. Creamy. Decadent. 

With summer coming, I'm sure there are lots of barbecues, picnics and parties coming your way. Bar cookies are a great dessert to bring. Mix, bake, frost, slice. These frosted chocolate cookie bars would be adorable with sprinkles on top. Maybe a scoop of dairy free ice cream too. Bring a plate of these to your next summertime celebration and they'll be a hit for sure!

gluten free vegan frosted chocolate cookie bars

makes 24 cookies

chocolate cookies
  • 2 cups Sarah's gluten free flour blend
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1/4 cup So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

chocolate frosting
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk, room temperature

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 9x13-inch baking pan by lining with parchment paper or spraying with nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl, sift together flour blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream together brown sugar, sugar and coconut oil. Add coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix until blended. Add flour mixture and stir until combined. 

Press cookie dough into bottom of pan. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until set. Be careful to not over bake. Place pan on cooling rack to cool completely. While cookies are cooling, prepare frosting. Cream together coconut oil, powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add 2 tablespoons coconut milk. Continue to cream frosting. Add an additional tablespoon coconut milk if needed. Spread frosting over cooled cookies. To serve, cut into bars. Store in air-tight container.

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5 comments:

  1. These look delicious, I am intriuged by the description. Does the frosting hold up in the heat, like outside at a bbq? I've made frosting with much higher coconut oil ratios before that did not, but this might with so little in it?

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    1. The frosting should hold up. It might get a little soft in the heat, but any frosting will do that. We had them sitting outside in the evening and they were fine. I would make sure the frosting sets up really well before slicing and bringing outside.

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  2. I am so glad that you have so many vegan recipes. I recently had to give up dairy and I love to bake and eat what I bake. I just love your blog and I use your flour blend for everything that I bake. Keep up the great job!!!

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  3. These look really good. I'm supposed to bring bars to my nephew's graduation party in a couple of weeks, and I think I'm going to make these for the party.

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  4. OMG those look so delicious! Pinning :-)

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