Brownies for Chuseok!

Heck, yes.

Here in Korea we are celebrating Chuseok.  It is similar to American Thanksgiving minus the turkey and potatoes.  Schools get a four-day weekend (a huge deal here) and there’s lots of gift giving in the form of tea, rice cakes, and boxes of fruit.  It’s lovely—bring on the $50 crystal tea holders!

I went a little non-traditional with my Chuseok gift giving and baked up some good ol’ American brownies for our neighbors.  These brownies are…well… deliciously devilish.  They are animal product free but they are loaded with sugar.  They can’t really pass as an afternoon stack. These bad boys fit into only one category—dessert.

Recipe from


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips, optional
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease or line with parchment paper 11×7 pan*
  • Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa together in a large bowl
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flaxseed with 1/4 cut water.  When it’s nice and gooey, mix in the rest of the water.
  • Mix in sugar, vanilla, and oil
  • Fold wet mixture into dry mixture
  • Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips if you are using them
  • Pour mixture into pan
  • Sprinkle a few more walnuts on top for some extra crunch
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick/knife inserted comes out clean.
  • Let cool
  • Enjoy!

We saved a few for ourselves.

And shared some with our friends

Happy Eating!
*I don’t have an 11×7 pan so I used an 8×8 pan.  I could have used less batter but I decided to go for it.  My brownies were quite thick (delicious though) and took almost an hour to bake.

2 thoughts on “Brownies for Chuseok!

  1. mjorgey

    They were delish. Too delish. I got all brownied out and made Josh finish them off so they’d be out of my face. haha. Try the black bean brownies…they are much healthier! Save these guys for Thanksgiving!

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