GLUTEN FREE fudge brownies are the perfect dessert to make this 4th of July. But wait! You can decorate them with whip cream, strawberries and blueberries and you’ve got yourself one patriotic dessert!!
I love the 4th of July!! It’s my favorite summer holiday, and I’m not going to lie, I’m the kind of person that likes the whole house decked in red, white, and blue… even my food, which is why I always make a dessert with strawberries and blueberries. A typical 4th of July for us means BBQ with family & friends, enjoying the beach and running as a family (we call it our annual ‘freedom run’) and then of course we have desserts like the one above, and watch fireworks while singing patriotic songs.
It’s been a yearly tradition these past few years for me to make a flag cake. Lately though, I have branched out a bit more as you can see here. This year I decided to make gluten free brownies so that everyone will have something sweet to enjoy!
It seemed fitting to shape these brownies into stars…but they actually turned out looking more like starfish. But that’s okay, since I live close to the beach it works!
And yes, I love my country so I made some heart shaped ones too! I mean what better way to express your love for your country than with heart shaped flag brownies?
No matter what you shape them, they’ll taste the same! You can also make a big flag cake…it’s really up to you! And the best part? You don’t even have to be gluten free to enjoy these because they are just flourless brownies aka the fudgiest brownies you’ll EVER eat!
What are some of your 4th of July traditions? What do you usually bake? I’m a curious gal and I wanna know. Usually on the 4th I imagine people all over the U.S. celebrating, eating, watching parades…etc. So please comment and tell me how you spend your holiday, then I’ll have a better picture of what everyone does!
Sadly, California doesn’t allow people to set off their own fireworks so we just watch some from a nearby park. But I’ll never forget one 4th of July that we spent in Oregon…the sky was literally on fire with fireworks. It’s not fair that people are allowed to have their own fireworks. How is it in your state? Does your family set off their own fireworks? If you do, I’m officially jealous!
I hope you have a Happy Independence Day!!
Jessica the Baker
Gluten Free Fudge Brownies
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. rum extract
1 1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 pint whipping cream
3-4 Tbsp. powdered sugar (or to desired sweetness)
In a large bowl combine both sugars and oil and beat until combined. Add the eggs and mix. Add in the vanilla extract and rum extract. Beat for about 1-2 min. Stir together the cocoa powder and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the batter and blend until smooth. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 min.
To make the whip cream, beat the whipping cream and powdered sugar on high until stiff peaks. To assemble, cut the brownie with either a star or heart cookie cutter. Spread about a tablespoon of whipped cream on each on and top with strawberries and blueberries.