Sunday, February 10, 2013

Gluten Free Brownies with Buttercream Icing


These gluten free brownies are thick, rich, chewy, and so easy to make.  They're delicious with or without icing.  Adapted from a recipe posted at  What Life Dishes Out.

Gluten Free Brownies
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9  x 13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Set aside 1 cup of the chocolate chips.

In a small microwave safe container, microwave 2 cups of the chocolate chips for one minute (on high), stir, then microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each 30 seconds until the chocolate is nearly all melted. Continue stirring to melt the remaining chocolate.  Be carefull not to overheat the chocolate as it burns easily.

Mix together softened butter, both sugars, and melted chocolate.  Mix eggs one at a time into chocolate mixture, then mix in the vanilla.

On a sheet of waxed paper or in a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and xanthan gum. Mix into the chocolate mixture.  Stir in the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips.

Spread into greased baking dish and bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool before icing or serving.

Vanilla Buttercream Icing
1 pound confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) plus a little extra
⅛ pound (1/4 cup) butter, slightly softened
½ cup shortening
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Blend butter and shortening.  Mix in the powdered sugar.  Mix in 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla.  Mix in food coloring (optional).  After scraping mixing bowl, evaluate the icing to determine whether it is the consistency you would like.  If it is too stiff, mix in the additional milk.  It you would like it to be a little stiffer, mix in a little more powdered sugar.

Spread over brownies, cake, or cookies immediately.  Refrigerate leftovers.

For more yummy recipes (not all gf, but likely can converted to gf), please visit The Hearth and Soul Blop Hop at Premeditated Leftover and Gluten-Free Wednesday at The Gluten-Free Homemaker .


  1. Your brownies look so delicious, and the recipe sounds really tasty. I like the pink icing, and your Valentine brownie!

  2. They look delicious, really tasty. I will have to give them a go at the weekend! I made some super healthy gluten free brownies and they turned out really tasty. Here is the link to the recipe :)

  3. nice dessert... surely will be delicious