These gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate brownies are the bomb! They are light and flaky on the outside and moist and fudgy on the inside. Add spider web decorations with icing to make this recipe Halloween-themed too.
Preheat oven to 350º. Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish or line with parchment paper (preferable). Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine melted butter and granulated sugar. Mix by hand (using a whisk) until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
Add in the eggs, one at a time, stirring in between. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Gradually add in the gluten-free flour blend, xanthan gum (if your blend doesn't contain It), cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour brownie batter into the prepared 8x8-inch baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the edges are completely set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs. Let cool completely.
Halloween Decoration (optional)
Combine powdered sugar and water in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Add the glaze to a pastry bag or a zip top bag. Snip off the corner of the bag with a scissor.
To make the spider webs, pipe circles on the brownies. Then, using a toothpick, drag the glaze from the smallest circle outwards. Continue to do this to create the spider webs all over the brownies. Allowing icing to set before cutting.
Lining the baking dish with parchment paper makes it easier to remove the brownies from the pan and cut them.You can use dairy-free butter (like vegan butter by Earth Balance) or vegetable oil.Take the brownies out of the oven when the edges are set. The middle will be a little underdone still, but will continue cooking after it comes out of the oven. Insert a toothpick into the center. There should be some crumbs on the toothpick. If it’s just liquid, put the brownies back in the oven for a few minutes.This is a cocoa powder version of brownies, which creates the perfect balance between cakey and fudgy.Be sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips, either Enjoy Life or Lakanto brand, if you're avoiding dairy.These brownies keep well in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can also freeze the brownies for up to 3 months. Freeze in a single layer until brownies are frozen. Then, put in a freezer bag.