ménage à trois (aka slutty) gluten-free brownies

  At the bakery one of the things we are known for are our gluten-free vegan brownies. But contrary to what seems to be the consensus, these brownies are not in the dense chewy category. Rather our brownies are light, moist, and deeply chocolate. Some might argue they are actually little chocolate cakes, and I'm okay with that. Whatever you call them, they are delicious. But to suit the folks on the other side of the fence, we set out to create a rich, chewy, dense type of brownie. In fact we wanted a seductive brownie. One that had a deliberate fudginess to it. I recalled seeing blog posts for what was named slutty brownies and was intrigued right away. Then there were pictures. Oh my god. A layer of chocolate chip cookie dough, a layer of chocolate sandwich (Oreo-like if you please) cookies, sealed with a thick brownie top and baked all together. And the name? The creative genius behind the slutty brownies described them as easy [to make], but oh so filthy. As for myself, I pictured a ménage à trois of the three flavors making sweet sweet dessert love and having this decadent child. Yes. This was the brownie of all brownies. I was sure of it. I decided to make this one down at the bakery. I was pretty certain it would be fabulous and I didn't trust myself not to eat the entire pan if successful. 15 minutes in the oven and employees were wandering back into the kitchen wondering what smelled so good. After it had cooled, I trimmed the edges and had the employees taste and give me feedback. "Holy heck! This is amazing!" There was a pretty good pile of brownie edges left over. I instructed the employees to try to resist eating them all themselves and to offer them as samples to get feedback. At the end of the day, I called Patrick and asked him to bring home the remnants. (By then my sugar high had worn off and I was craving more!) They were all gone. The brownies had sold fast, and not a crumb remained. I was thrilled everyone loved them as much as I did. And also a little angry. :-p Ah well, we'll have to make them again! Now before I drop the recipe on you, let me say that the inspiration for these came from a variety of sources including the gluten-free ratio rally, in which I take part each month. This month's topic is brownies and is led by one of my favorite gluten-free bloggers, Mary Fran of FrannyCakes blog. If you haven't seen any of my previous rally posts, the rally aims to demystify gluten-free baking through ratios, a concept largely attributed to Michael Ruhlman. Even though this particular recipe happens to have three parts, I focused on the perfect ratio for the brownie portion. I ended up with 1 parts egg : 2 parts dry (flour and cocoa powder) : 2 parts fat : 3 parts sugar. I found this recipe gave me a chewier, richer brownie. I dare you to try it and see if you disagree. :)

ménage à trois (aka slutty) gluten-free brownies
 
Serves: 16
This recipe is adapted from What's Gaby Cooking's take on the Londoner's slutty brownies.

Cookie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temp)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package of gluten-free Oreo-like cookies (KinniToos or Glutino brand)

Brownie Ingredients

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour blend
Instructions
  1. For the Cookie Dough layer: Cream together the butter and sugars in a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Line the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan with tin foil and then spray the tin foil with a layer of baking spray. Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of a 9x9 baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom layer of the slutty brownies.
  2. Layer as many sandwich cookies that will fit on top of the cookie dough. No need to overlap. One single layer will do. Refrigerate while you prepare the brownie layer.
  3. For the brownie layer: In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted. Whisk to combine and remove from heat. Add the salt, vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside. Pour the brownie batter on top of the oreo layer, and spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Test with a knife to see if the center is done. If the knife comes out clean, let the brownies rest before serving. If the knife comes out with batter still on it, allow the brownies to bake about 5 minutes more.
  5. Serve warm and with ice cream.
 

But wait! There's more! For more gluten-free brownie recipes, check out what the other rally participants made!

Comments

Nice Charissa! I actually like your calling them Ménage a Trois- it suits these brownies so well! Lovely photo too.

i just relived your intrigue, "holy crap, those pictures" and pure lust for a brownie that you described in your first paragraphs. these look awesome...

Oh. My. Goodness. These look amazing! I definitely want to try these. (the name is brilliant, too)

Oh Lawdy Lawd... I'm getting' the vapors.

If there ever was an erotica focused on brownies, this would be the star recipe.

Can I just say how much I _loved_ pulling up the spreadsheet for this month's rally and seeing your brownie description. LMAO *for real*. These look indecently good - 100% foodporn.

I have been wondering what a slutty brownie was since I saw it on the spreadsheet, and now I know.

Please bring some with you to Chicago next week. :)

I happened to go by the bakery on Sunday and snagged one of these... They were awesome - thanks for the recipe!

it will be interesting to see how your title translates into keyword rankings!! love the layers and new ideas everyone is generating.

ha the name is hilarious! I love the idea of a layered brownie like this, and absolutely genius to combine a cookie and a brownie together - great job!

That's one hot mess I'd like to try! ;) I like how you incorporated so much texture into your brownies.

totally amazing taste, not so pretty first round...but I'm willing to eat another pan to attempt to make them prettier. I used a 10x7 pan I think it was...I am going w/ a larger 13x9 to see if that helps. The cookie dough was overflowing the pan from beneath the brownie...honestly it was a train wreck, but an oh so delicious one!!!

What temp should these be baked at? I tried 350 degrees and they are taking way longer that 40 mins to bake, but I am at high altitude, so maybe that plays a role...

We have an expression in the bakery "bake until done!" :) You can try the toothpick test to see if they are still wet in the middle. Also, even though I used a 9x9 baking pan in the recipe, maybe you could try a larger pan and spread out in thinner layers? Let me know if any of those help and thanks for trying the recipe!

wow!!! really great gluten free recipe collection... thanks!

Really great collection of gluten free recipes. Thanks...

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