Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Plate of Dairy-Free Evilness

This was Emily's fault.

She was surfing the internet and found a recipe she wanted to try called Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie 'n Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar. Well, of course she's allergic to all dairy, so we had to make some adjustments. And I really, really, really didn't want to go to the store, so we had to use what was in the house.

But first, Emily wanted a nap, so Ben and Katie actually ended up making the recipe because they didn't want to wait.

First, they made chocolate chip cookie dough from scratch. "From scratch" in our house means grinding wheat into flour first, but we used store bought eggs instead of going outside and chasing down some chickens. We used the recipe off a bag of regular chocolate chips.........

......but we substituted dairy-free chocolate chips and vegan butter. This particular recipe didn't call for milk, but we would have substituted almond milk if it had.

We spread the cookie dough in the bottom of the pan, then put a layer of Oreos on top. You will be amazed, I know I was, to hear that Oreos are dairy-free. That white stuff in the middle, which looks like it's made of cream or milk or something from a cow, is really just Crisco and sugar. The original recipe called for double stuff Oreos, but all I had on hand were golden single stuffed Oreos. Emily's imminent suicide over finding out she could no longer eat dairy was prevented when she found out she could still have Oreos. So I like to keep them on hand.

Now, here is another shocker: Many Duncan Hines mixes are dairy-free also. If you looked in my pantry right now, you would find four boxes of Duncan Hines brownie mix and one Duncan Hines cake mix. When a sugar craving comes on us, we have to make something that Emily can eat also, or it would just be mean. So here is something else I had on hand.

So we mixed up that there brownie batter and poured it over the top of the Oreos.

Then we covered that bad boy with tin foil and baked it at 350 for 25 minutes.

It was evil.

Blame Emily.

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