Gluten-Free Brownies (Made With Rice Flour)

When one of your diners suddenly has dietary restrictions, new ingredients offer a unique excuse to bake more often.  “Got to try out this recipe before I make it for anyone else.”

You’ll need to make every new thing at least twice…three times if it was really good.



Baked goods up the wazoo.  Today’s dish is a pan of gluten-free brownies, made with rice flour and adapted from this cookie recipe.


“Chocosensational…they are nice and makes you fuzzy”
– Leandro


1/4 c butter, melted
100 g semisweet chocolate, melted
2 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp espresso or strong coffee
1/3 c brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/2 c rice flour
2 tbsp corn starch

Chocolate + butter
3 eggs.  Why not.
The rice flour…looks like a giant bag of baking soda.




Such silky batter.  I knew at this point that the brownies weren’t going to turn out quite right, because brownie batter is not supposed to look like frosting.

Baked for 27 minutes on “medium.”

Quite spongy and more cake-like than brownies.

Very fudgy, though.

Yes, I cut out the middle piece because I’m an animal.


Not bad.  I’ve got big plans for the rest of this pan of brownies.  Stay tuned…

Gluten-Free Brownies (Made With Rice Flour)

Oreo Rice Banana Brownies

What to do with leftover Oreo rice?  The only thing I know how with

AAAUUGHHHHHHH WHYYYYYYYY didn’t I put it in the food processor?!?!?!!  That way there wouldn’t be awkward disgusting grains of rice in my brownies.  I DON’T FORGIVE MYSELF FOR THIS I AM SO STUPIIIIDDDDDDDD

Ok back to the recipe.  But really, I am stupid.

With my leftover Oreo rice, I did the only thing I know how with chocolatey starchy goops: turn them into brownie batter.

With chocolate milk powder on top, because I’m disgusting


4 oz semisweet chocolate
3 tbsp butter
1 egg
1 mashed banana
1/3 c sugar (half brown, half white)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 batch Oreo rice


Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave and mix them together.  Let it cool a minute and then mix in the egg and sugar.  Stir in the mashed banana and vanilla.

Mix in the Oreo rice.  If you aren’t as stupid as me, you would run it through the food processor first so that you don’t have huge nasty-ass chunks of rice in your nice brownies.

Bake in a buttered 8×8-inch pan at “medium-low” for about 25 minutes.


Very moist and chocolatey, but about as tasty as you would expect a brownie full of rice to be.  Not sure I will serve this to anyone.

Oreo Rice Banana Brownies

I finally made Lumps of Coal

Been itching to try these since I first saw them on Pinterest…and I finally found a bag of non-fruit-flavored marshmallows to make it with!

They taste like biting into a highly compressed and chewy mass of solid Oreo.  So if that doesn’t sound appealing, maybe don’t try this.

One more ticked off from the Pinterest to-do list


Oreos (33 cookies)
1/4 c butter
5 handfuls jumbo marshmallows


  1. Line a pan with parchment and butter it heavily.
  2. Pulverize Oreos into crumbs.
  3. Heat butter on low until it melts.  Add marshmallows and keep stirring.
  4. When the marshmallows are melted, stir in the Oreo crumbs.
  5. It’ll set quick, so work fast: take it off the heat and press the goo into the greased pan.  Let it set in the fridge.  (They taste better cold, so it’s best to leave them for a while.)
I finally made Lumps of Coal

Oreo Potato Chip Brownies (Weird)

My second attempt at Oreo man bars, but after cooking them they turned into brownies.


“They’re ‘chocolate chip’ brownies…heeeeheehee”
– Leandro

How to make ’em

Start with some Oreos in a food processor.  I think I used 22 Oreos, and maybe 5 or 6 sheets of graham crackers?  Crumbs go in a bowl, along with a can of sweetened condensed milk and a teaspoon of vanilla.

After stirring and tasting, I realized that it was painfully sweet and needed something salty and bulky to balance it out.  Salted peanuts or pretzels would have been perfect, but I had neither.  But you know what I did have?



Mixed them until the chips were all broken up.

Still tasted better raw than baked

Next, into the oven on “medium-low” for 20-ish minutes.

The tops were crackly, and the texture was very brownie-like (albeit a bit dry because mine burned around the edges).  So sadly, these cannot be called man bars.

There was no potato chip flavor in the finished product.



Oreo Potato Chip Brownies (Weird)

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars

Recipe inspired by Paula Deen.  WARNING: BUTTER AHEAD.



“It’s hot…can I put it in the fridge?”
– Leandro (10 minutes after it came out of the oven)

“Muy rico”
– Leandro’s mom (after it had chilled)


3 eggs
8 oz cream cheese
4 oz plain yogurt (Greek, if you can get it)
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 c powdered sugar
200 g butter (1.75 sticks) – room temperature
1 package yellow cake mix
1 c dulce de leche repostero (do not use clasico or you will regret it)

  1. Preheat oven to “medium-low.”  Maybe 300°?
  2. Mix together TWO (just two) of the eggs with the cream cheese, yogurt, vanilla, and powered sugar with a handheld mixer.
  3. Butter your cake pan and coat it with flour (or a spoonful of cake mix).
  4. In another bowl, cream together the butter and remaining egg.  Add the cake mix.  It should resemble cookie dough.
  5. Press the cookie dough-esque mixture into the bottom of the pan.  Spread the dulce de leche on top, and then pour the cheesecake mixture overtop of that.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the center looks mostly set.
Do not eat warm.  Unless it’s 11pm and you really want sugar.
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars

Oreo Man Bars

These were good by virtue of being man bars, but by way of Oreo-ness, they were nothing special.  I couldn’t really tell the Oreos were in there.  Must remake recipe with way more Oreos.



“They are meowsome…you can cuddle with them”


26 Oreos
3/4 c Almohaditas Crujientes (a.k.a. one of my substitutes for graham crackers – you could also use 1/2 c of graham cracker crumbs)
6 crunchy Quaker oatmeal & granola cookies
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c powdered sugar

Grind the cookies/cereal into crumbs in a food processor, doing the Oreos separately so that you can leave them partially chunky.  Deposit crumbs into a bowl with the salt and chocolate chips, and stir to combine.

“Almojaditas crujientes” = “little crunchy pillows.”

Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.  Stir until it’s 100% incorporated.  Eat some of the batter because it honestly tastes better uncooked than it does cooked.  I need to figure out how to turn this into a dip.

Bake in a very well-buttered 8×8-inch brownie pan at “medium” for around 25 minutes.  When it’s done, the edges will be golden but not burned.

Let cool, slice, and cover with powdered sugar.

Oreo Man Bars

Pretzel Peanut Man Bars


I found PRETZELS by my house!

Palermo Hollywood gringos, they were here:  But alas, no sooner had I bought a bag than the Carrefour Express stopped carrying them.  Next time, I’ll have to buy a supply.


~180g graham cracker crumbs
1 c chocolate chips
1/2 c roasted salted peanuts
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 c salted pretzels

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, and peanuts together.  Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, and stir to combine thoroughly.


Mix the pretzels in next.  I did it this way for two reasons:
a. to keep them from breaking too much whilst stirring in the condensed milk
b. to keep them (relatively) crunchy.


Press it into a very well-buttered 8×8-inch pan and smooth out the top.  Before you do this, don’t forget to eat some of the uncooked batter.  It’s still better raw than cooked.


Bake around 25 minutes on “medium.”  Let them cool, cut them up, and cover them with powdered sugar.  Enjoy your sugary pretzel-y snack.

Pretzel Peanut Man Bars